A cookie is a small text file which is placed onto your computer or device when you browse our website. This website uses cookies and similar technologies in order to distinguish you from other users, to provide you with a better experience and to improve our site by better understanding how you use it.

 

We are allowed to store cookies on your device if they are strictly necessary for the operation of this site. For all other types of cookies we provide an easy way for you to control their use (see below). We will assume you accept our cookie policy if you continue using our site.

  

For more details on the personal data that we use and the measures we have in place to protect your personal data, please refer to our Privacy Policy.

  

What types of cookies are there? 

Cookies fall into two groups:

  • First party cookies are those placed directly by us and are used only by us. We have carefully chosen these cookies and have taken steps to ensure that your privacy and personal data is protected and respected at all times.
  • You may also receive certain third party cookies on your computer or device. Third party cookies are those placed by websites and services other than us, e.g. Twitter or YouTube. We don’t have any control over third party cookies.

 

Within these groups, there are several different types of cookies that may be used on a website: 

  • Strictly necessary cookies - These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.
  • Functionality cookies - These are cookies that automatically recognise you when you return to our site and remember choices that you have previously made in order to improve your experience. For example, where users select their preferred language or layout.
  • Analytical/Performance cookies - These cookies collect anonymous information about users for the purpose of assessing the performance of a website. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.  Common uses include well-known web analytics tools such as ‘Google Analytics’. 
  • Marketing cookies - Marketing cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

 

What cookies does our site use?

Analytical/Performance cookies

The ga.js JavaScript library uses first-party cookies to:

  • Determine which domain to measure
  • Distinguish unique users
  • Throttle the request rate
  • Remember the number and time of previous visits
  • Remember traffic source information
  • Determine the start and end of a session
  • Remember the value of visitor-level custom variables

This library sets the following cookies:

Cookie Name

Default Expiration Time

Description

__utma

2 years from set/update

Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

__utmt

10 minutes

Used to throttle request rate.

__utmb

30 mins from set/update

Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

__utmz

6 months from set/update

Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site.

__utmv

2 years from set/update

Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

 

Marketing cookies

Type of cookie

Cookie Name

Description

Category : Targeting Cookies or Advertising Cookies

Koitk

_ss

_ss_tk

_ss_referrer

 

SharpSpring Tracking Cookie and Session Identifier Tokens. These cookies are used to track visitors and form submissions.

 

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Your cookie control

By default, most internet browsers accept cookies but this can be changed. For further details, please consult the help menu in your internet browser or visit http://www.aboutcookies.org.uk/managing-cookies

  

[Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies]