INFORMATION ABOUT OUR USE OF COOKIES

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.

What is a cookie?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device.

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests. The cookies used on this website have been categorised based on the categories found in the ICC UK Cookie guide. A list of all the cookies used on this website by category is set out below, and then some details their purpose, and what to do if you do not consent to any specific cookies being used. Please note however that since we only use cookies where they will be of benefit, any failure to consent may limit your use of this site.

Category 1: Strictly necessary cookies:
These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for.

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided.

Category 2: Performance Cookies:
These cookies collect anonymous information on the pages visited.

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

Category 3: Functionality Cookies:
These cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience.

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

These are the cookies used on our site

    Category 1 - Strictly necessary cookie
    Category 2 - Performance Cookie
    Category 3 – Functionality Cookie

 

Cookie name

Category

Purpose

More information

Session ID cookie

1

Standard ASP.NET cookie containing the user’s session ID.

Expires as soon as user navigates away

Shopping Cart Cookie

1

Shopping cart ID. Unique identifier to establish what (if any) shopping cart a user is associated with

Type: Integer, Expires: 1 year

ProductsToCompare

1

Stores which products are being compared

 

RecentSearches

2

Stores searches the user has completed in their browsing session

 

Culture cookie

2

Utilised to store the users CMS culture

Type: Culture Code, Expires: 1 year

Visitor Status Cookie

2

Sets the visitor status (unknown/first visit/more visits)

Type: Integer, Expires: 1 year

Current Visit Status Cookie

2

Sets the current visit status (throughout current day)

Type: Integer, Expires: 23 hours

URL Referrer Cookie

2

User URL referrer. Remembers the page the user last visited.

Type: Url String, Expires: 1 day

Form State Cookie

2

Utilised for a check if the form state needs to be restored. Decides if the submitted fields in the form should be repopulated.

Type: Integer - ID, Expires: 10 minutes

Google Analytics

2

Utilised by Google Analytics to track visitor’s data on the website.

http://code.google.com/apis/analytics/docs/concepts/gaConceptsCookies.html

Preferred Culture cookie

3

Storing details of the users preferred CMS culture

Type: Culture Code, Expires: 1 year

Current Contact

3

Sets the current user if logged in

Type: Integer - ID, Expires: 50 years

CurrentTheme

3

Sets the current chosen theme

Type: Integer - ID, Expires: 23 hours

VisitorStatus

3

Sets the visitor status (unknown/first visit/more visits).

Type: Integer - ID, 1 year

 

You may be able block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon you visit our site.

If you do not consent to cookies being placed, you must notify us of the cookies to which you do not consent.