Cookies help us to give you tailored experiences on our website.

If you are worried about privacy, it is possible to change your settings to disable cookies.

Three things to know about how we use cookies

  • The reason we use cookies is so that your machine and our servers recognise each other
  • No personal data captured by our cookies is used for any other purpose, other than advised below.
  • Where you have shown engagement with particular content on this site, cookies allow us to show you content we expect you’ll have an interest in, allowing you to find useful content faster.

What are cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer, tablet, smartphone, smartTVs or other devices by websites, web portals and applications that you visit. They are widely used in order to recognise your device, record some aspect of a website and to provide information to the owners of the website on your preferences or past actions.

The rules on cookies are covered by the EU e-Privacy Directive. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the UK is responsible for enforcing these rules and further information can be found at: and .

How and why we use cookies

Nearly all well-known websites rely on cookies to give you a good digital customer experience. We use cookies to give you the best experience when you visit our website. They allow us to tailor the content of our website, so we can show you services or products we think you may be interested in, making it quicker and easier for you to find what you need. Cookies can also make it easier for you to manage your accounts, policies, or login details, and when applying for products and services.

The types of cookies we use on this website

The table below explains the cookies we use and what each is for.

Cookie Cookie Name Purpose

(what the cookies do and why)

More information
Site cookie acceptance cookies-allowed This cookie is used to record that a user has accepted the use of cookies on this website. It expires after one year.
Underlying system PHPSESSIONID This cookie is used by the underlying system

Keeping your personal information safe

Our cookies do not store personal information, such as your name, address, phone number or email in a format that can be read by others. The cookies we use cannot read or search your computer, smartphone or web-enabled device to obtain information about you or your family, or read any material kept on your hard drive.

Links to sites provided by others

If you follow a link from our website to another website, please be aware that the owner of the other website will have their own privacy and cookie policies for their site. We recommend you read their policies, as we are not responsible or liable for what happens at their website.

Changing your browser settings for cookies

You can adjust the settings in your web browser to determine whether sites can set cookies on your device. If you’ve visited this site before, there may be previously set cookies on your computer. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit

Alternately, you can find out how to delete them from the sites listed below:

To opt out of being tacked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit

Third party cookies

Third party cookies are cookies that are set when you visit a website and a separate company sets a cookie through the website. The table below explains the third party cookies on our website, the name of the third party and what each is for.

Cookie Cookie Name Purpose

(what the cookies do and why)

Third Party (including their website address)
Google Analytics utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. An overview of privacy at Google.