Cookies

What are Cookies?

We use the term Cookie to describe Cookies and similar technologies such as tags and pixels. Cookies are small data files that websites place on your computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device. Cookies are useful because they allow our website to recognise your visit and collect information about your visit and how you used the website.

What Cookies do we use?

We use the term Cookie to describe Cookies and similar technologies such as tags and pixels. Cookies are small data files that websites place on your computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device. Cookies are useful because they allow our website to recognise your visit and collect information about your visit and how you used the website.

We understand that not everyone likes data to be collected about them when it's not strictly necessary, and so we'll ask you to set your preferences when you first visit our website. To make it easier to choose which optional Cookies to accept, we've organised these Cookies by category. You can choose which categories you'd be happy for us to use by selecting or unselecting the tick boxes on this page.

Strictly necessary Cookies

These are Cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They are necessary for the safety, security and integrity of the site. For example they help support the structure of the pages that are displayed help to improve navigation and allow you to return to pages you have previously visited. This type of Cookie only lasts for the duration of the time you are visiting the website. When you leave the website they are deleted automatically.

cookie_consent_settings_set
This cookie is used to store the users preference once they have made a selection from the cookie consent banner.
cookie_consent_performance
This cookie is used to store the value once a user has clicked Continue after reading the cookie message.
cookie_consent_targeting
This cookie is used to store the value once a user has clicked Continue after reading the cookie message.

Performance Cookies

These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. The data is combined and anonymised, which means we cannot identify you as an individual.

_gid
This cookie name is asssociated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google. It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited.
_ga
This cookie name is asssociated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.
_gat_UA-68311232-1
This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. It appears to be a variation of the _gat cookie which is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites.
__zlcmid
store visitor's ID for widget's authentication.
__zlcprivacy
store visitor's decision on CookieLaw Javascript API.
_hjid
This cookie is set when the customer first lands on a page with the Hotjar script. It is used to persist the random user ID, unique to that site on the browser. This ensures that behavior in subsequent visits to the same site will be attributed to the same user ID.
_gaexp
Used to determine a user's inclusion in an experiment and the expiry of experiments a user has been included in.
_opt_awcid
Used for campaigns mapped to Google Ads Customer IDs.
_opt_awmid
Used for campaigns mapped to Google Ads Campaign IDs.
_opt_awgid
Used for campaigns mapped to Google Ads Ad Group IDs.
_opt_awkid
Used for campaigns mapped to Google Ads Criterion IDs.
_opt_utmc
Stores the last utm_campaign query parameter.

Marketing Cookies

These Cookies will collect information about your browsing habits and allow us to show you adverts while you are browsing our site and other sites on the internet. They are set by us or by carefully selected third parties. These Cookies help us to understand the performance of our marketing activities and improve the relevance of the adverts that you see.

_gcl_au
Used by Google AdSense for experimenting with advertisement efficiency across websites using their services.