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Cookie Policy

What you need to know

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How We Use Cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes, and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

This is a WordPress site and uses cookies, or tiny pieces of information stored on your computer, to verify who you are. There are cookies for logged in users and for commenters. This is purely a convenience, so the visitor won't need to re-type all their information again if they want to leave another comment.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not.  A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

Content Management and site navigation: Our content management tool creates a number of first-party cookies.  The following cookies are created automatically when you visit this site, at the date and time of your visit, to enable the web server to deliver the content to your browser.  They are all deleted when you close your web browser.

Analytics: We use Google Analytics, which creates a number of first-party cookies, all prefixed __utm:

__utma: contains a unique and anonymous identifying ID, which allows us to ensure that subsequent visits to our website are recorded as belonging to the same (unique) visitor. This cookie expires after two years.

__utmb: used to establish and continue a unique user session. Each time you request another page from the website the cookie is updated to expire after 30minutes.

__utmc: works with __utmb to determine when to create a new session for a website visitor. This is a session cookie and expires when you exit the browser.

__utmz: tracks how you found us and is used to calculate traffic and navigation within the website. It is updated with every new page view and expires after 6 months.

You may also sometimes find a __utmv cookie which relates to custom reporting segments, a feature which we occasionally use on Google Analytics.

Full details of the cookies which Google Analytics uses can be found in Cookies & Google Analytics in the documentation for Google's Analytics tracking code. You can also read Google's Privacy Policy for Google Analytics. To opt out of our use of Google Analytics you may wish to consider using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

Use of cookies on this website

To comply with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations we periodically conduct a Cookie Audit of our website.

Our website uses a number of cookies to store data on our visitor's computers.  For more information about managing cookies, please see http://www.aboutcookies.org/.

In Summary

Our current assessment of the intrusiveness of the cookies used by our website is as follows:

First-party cookies: we use cookies to monitor how visitors find and use our website.  We use this information solely for the purposes of monitoring and improving our website.

Third-party cookies: we use a variety of widely-used third-party plugins as marketing tools for our own business and to provide convenient tools for our visitors.  It is our belief that the use of these plugins represents current "best practice".  We have no direct control over the content of the cookies they create, the use made of any data collected, or the security of that data. These third parties may collect information about your visit to our website, and they may use this with other data in order to serve advertising which may be more relevant to you. Some visitors may see this use of data as intrusive to some degree.

We believe there is no reason for our website visitors to be particularly concerned about the privacy implications of any of the cookies we use, but we do recognise the importance of making you aware of the purpose and scope of the data stored in the cookies which are created or updated on your computer when you visit our website. You may choose to delete these cookies from your computer between visits to our website.

Analytics: We use Google Analytics, which creates a number of first-party cookies, all prefixed __utm:

__utma: contains a unique and anonymous identifying ID, which allows us to ensure that subsequent visits to our website are recorded as belonging to the same (unique) visitor. This cookie expires after two years.

__utmb: used to establish and continue a unique user session. Each time you request another page from the website the cookie is updated to expire after 30minutes.

__utmc: works with __utmb to determine when to create a new session for a website visitor. This is a session cookie and expires when you exit the browser.

__utmz: tracks how you found us and is used to calculate traffic and navigation within the website. It is updated with every new page view and expires after 6 months.

You may also sometimes find a __utmv cookie which relates to custom reporting segments, a feature which we occasionally use on Google Analytics.

Full details of the cookies which Google Analytics uses can be found at Cookies & Google Analytics in the documentation for Google's Analytics tracking code.  You can also read Google's Privacy Policy for Google Analytics.  To opt out of our use of Google Analytics you may wish to consider using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

In all cases these first-party cookies do not store any personal or sensitive information, or anything that makes you personally identifiable to us.We use the data that is collected using these first-party cookies to understand overall visitor behaviour, and we use that understanding to update and improve our website.

In Detail: Third-party cookies

Third party cookies are cookies created by an external service when you use a page on our website. These cookies are specific to the third-party's domain and accordingly, the data held in them can be seen and managed by the third party and not by us. We control whether or not we use the third-party service with our website, and how it is integrated and presented on our website. We do not have control over the cookies themselves.

We may use Google Maps on our Contact Us page to provide detailed information on how to locate our office.  Google Maps stores two cookies, NID and PREF. We use Google's interactive maps because we believe they provide a helpful way for our visitors to identify how best to travel to us. We use the Google Maps tools on the basis that Google adheres to its privacy policy which can be found at  http://www.google.co.uk/privacy/privacy-policy.html and its terms of service for Google Maps at http://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/help/terms_maps.html.

We may use the Facebook "Like Box" plugin to help us market our business using the Facebook Social Network. The plugin detects whether you have "Liked" our Facebook page and uses this information to present either a "Like" button or a "You Like this" message with various other associated details from Facebook. If you are not logged in to Facebook, the plugin creates a third-party cookie called datr. If you are logged in to Facebook, the plugin creates a series of third-party cookies. We use the plugin as a convenience for our visitors, and we use it on the basis that Facebook adheres to its data use policy, which can be found at http://www.Facebook.com/about/privacy/.

In Detail: Flash Local Shared Object (LSO) storage

If you want to manage the contents of your Flash Local Shared Objects, please use Adobe's Website Storage Settings panel.

We rarely use Flash technology on our website, however, in some limited circumstances we may use Flash as follows:

YouTube video: We may periodically use the YouTube service to host video content, and embed YouTube's player in our web pages to allow you to watch the video without leaving our website.  YouTube's embedded player currently creates and updates a Flash LSO called s.ytimg.com.  We have no direct control over YouTube's use of the data stored in this object. For more information, please read YouTube's privacy policy.

What Can You Do About Cookies?

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies. For example, in Internet Explorer (at the time of printing) you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector. Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites, including this one.

We recommend that if you have concerns about the privacy implications of the cookies we use, then you should investigate how to do this using the cookie management tools in your web browser.  If you wish to remove cookies from your browser you can find helpful videos on YouTube.

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