To make this site as good as we possibly can, we sometimes place small data files on your computer. These files are known as cookies. Nearly all big websites do this, but why?
Cookies can help websites improve things by:
- Remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
- Remembering information you’ve given (e.g. your postcode) so you don’t need to keep entering it
- Measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs
- Managing which adverts you see on websites
Our cookies aren’t used to identify you personally. They’re just here to make the site work better for you. Indeed, you can manage and/or delete these small files as you wish.
Removing and disabling cookies
If you do not wish to accept cookies on to your machine you can disable them by adjusting the settings on your browser. However this will effect the functionality of the websites you visit. Details on how to remove or disable cookies for various browsers can be found here.
Cookies we use:
Measuring website usage (Google Analytics & Rakuten)
We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better.
Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.
Rakuten Cookies are used to identify how users interact with our site, so that we can see things like the most popular pages and the journey that users take though our site.
The following cookies are set by Google Analytics & Rakuten:
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We use Facebook, Google + and Twitter counters and follow buttons on our site to promote and display how popular our posts and pages are on these social networks. These counters and buttons may drop 3rd party cookies.
If you would like to know more about these cookies you can find further information in the below privacy pages of the individual networks.
Facebook’s data use policy:
Facebook & Twitter (Social Network – 3rd party cookie):
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