What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies are then sent back to originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s web browser or device.
Blocking and removing cookies
Cookies on our websites may be set by us, by third parties under contract with us, or by independent third parties such as advertisers.
Our site makes use of both ‘session’ and ‘persistent’ cookies. ‘Session’ cookies remember information from page to page for filtering and completing searches before being removed when you end your session. ‘Persistent’ cookies enable our websites to recognise you when you make return visits to us, and remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach a specified expiry date. Persistent cookies placed on your computer as a result of your use of our websites will never be stored for longer than 2 years from the date of your last visit.
The table below sets out the various types of cookies we use, why we (or relevant third parties) use them, and includes information you can use to control and learn more about the cookies used on our site.
Why we use it and additional information
Essential cookies, as their name suggests, are vital to the proper functioning of the website. They enable us to remember your selections between pages, such as items that make up your order so that you do not need to re-enter these things.
Optimisation cookies allow us to see and track anonymous use data such as click trends, so we can be certain the site offers you a consistently smooth, functional and pleasant experience.
We use third party service providers to assist us with optimisation. One such provider is Optimizely; for more information on what sort of information is stored by these cookies, please follow this link.
You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser using Google's Ads Preference Manager, found here.
You can opt-out of the AdSense partner network cookie here; however, this opt-out mechanism uses a cookie, and if you clear the cookies from your browser it will ‘forget’ the opt-out. You can ensure your opt-out is maintained for a particular browser with a Google plug-in, available here.
If you have any questions regarding this policy or would like more information about the cookies used on our websites, please contact us