Cookie Policy

Visitors to our website

When someone visits this website, we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting this website. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it unless you login or provide personal data through your use of this website.

What is a Cookie?

A Cookie is a text-only string of information that a website transfers to the Cookie file of the browser on your computer's hard disk so that the website can remember who you are. The information stored in a Cookie can only be read by the website that placed the Cookie or other sites that it has agreed to share information with. A Cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the Cookie has come; the "lifetime" of the Cookie; and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number.

Our policy on Cookies

Our policy is to use Cookies only to improve the way we do business with you or when they are essential to the way the site works. The types of activities we may use Cookies for are to:

  • store details that help you to manage accounts and policies online, such as user login details
  • find out how people use our sites, such as how often they visit, which pages they go to, and which links they click on, so that we can improve our sites
  • help us to provide relevant information, such as details of products, services and other information that you may be interested in
  • help to arrange content to match your preferred interests more quickly and remember some aspect of your current or previous visit
  • store information about which media players you use so that any video content appears correctly

Cookies used on this website

Session Cookies: These are temporary Cookies that remain in the Cookie file of your browser until you close your browser.

Persistent Cookies: These are stored on your computer until they expire or you remove them. Persistent Cookies store your personal preferences such as your language preferences on multi-lingual sites to make subsequent visits easier. They also remember questions we have asked you previously, such as a request to complete an online survey. A persistent Cookie will prevent you from being asked to complete the same survey every time you visit the website.

Third party Cookies: We work with third parties who, on our behalf, research the use of our website and activities on it. In doing so they may place a Cookie on your computer. However it would not contain any personal information that others could read and understand. We also work with third parties to evaluate the effectiveness of our advertising and promotions on third party websites. Again, the Cookie would not contain any personal information that others could read and understand.

Details and a brief description of Cookies used on this website can be found in the following table:

Grouped Cookie Name Description
Analytics &
Web analytics platform and a multi-variant testing platform to monitor and optimise this website, both of which utilise Cookies to capture anonymous data about a user's journey and aggregate this data up to analyse trends. These Cookies last longer than the user's session so that we can understand whether this is a user's first time, or a returning visitor.
Our affiliate network use Cookies to measure the effectiveness of our affiliate network's marketing campaigns.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to monitor our users’ activity and behaviour whilst on our websites.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on the website
  • how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to the website
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the website

We do not collect or store your personal data, so this information can’t be used to personally identify you.

Google Analytics sets and relies on the following cookies.

Name Purpose Expires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit the website by tracking if you’ve visited before 2 years
_gid This helps us count how many people visit the website by tracking if you’ve visited before 24 hours
_gat Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made 10 minutes


We use DoubleClick to run advertising via third-parties. DoubleClick uses third-party cookies to improve the relevance, performance and reporting of its advertising. This relies on us linking the first-party Google Analytics cookie with a third-party DoubleClick cookie, effectively sharing Google Analytics data with DoubleClick. This means that users’ demographical information (but no personally identifiable information) captured in Google Analytics can be shared with DoubleClick for third-party advertisers to use, including being able to remarket to our users.

Doubleclick (advertising): Privacy policy at and opt out via

Other Analytics cookies

These monitor how visitors move around our website, including how they reached it. This is used so that we can see total (not individual) figures on which types of content is most useful or important to our users.

You can opt out of these if you want:


Visual Website Optimizer:

Third-party service cookies

Some social sharing, video and other services used on our website rely on third-parties. These companies may drop cookies on your computer when you use them on our site.

Here is a list of places where you can find out more about specific services that we may use and their use of cookies:

Facebook’s data use policy:

AddThis (the service that runs some of our social sharing buttons):

Twitter’s privacy policy:

YouTube video player cookie policy: (Google’s standard terms).

Other advertising cookies

We use several services to help us understand what adverts you might be interested in. These cookies hold information about your device not your personal information. They might hold a record of what other websites you’ve looked at.

These are the services we use and how you can control those cookies. Please note that turning off advertising cookies won’t mean that you are not served any advertising merely that it will not be tailored to your interests.

Google Adwords: Privacy policy at and opt out via

Bing Ads: Privacy policy at and opt out via

AWIN affiliate marketing: Privacy policy at and opt out via

How to refuse use of Cookies

You may refuse the use of Cookies by changing your internet browser settings to disable the use of Cookies. Please note that a refusal to accept the use of Cookies may result in the loss of useful functionality of the site; you may experience slower running times and you may not be able to access all website content.

How to disable Cookies in your browser

The use of Cookies can be prevented by changing your internet browser settings. Each browser has a different procedure for disabling the use of Cookies. If you would like further information on Cookies, please go to

Further questions about our use of Cookies

If you have any questions about specific Cookies or our Cookie policy, please email us at