Cookie Policy

This website has been designed to adhere to GDPR practices and relevant UK cookie policies. This page will document how uses cookies, how a cookie works and what type of cookies are in use when using this website.


A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

Cookies used by this website

Most of the cookies used on this website are either Google Analytics or Google Adsense.

Google analytics tracks web traffic and is the most ‘widely used’ on the internet.

Google AdSense is a program run by Google that allows publishers in the Google Network of content sites to serve automatic text, image, video, or interactive media advertisements, that are targeted to site content and audience.

We also use cookies for the following purposes:

Authentication – we use cookies to identify you when you visit our website and as you navigate our website

Status – we use cookies to help us to determine if you are logged into our website

Shopping cart – we use cookies to maintain the state of your shopping cart as you navigate our website

Personalisation – we may use cookies to store information about your preferences and to personalise our website for you

Security – we use cookies as an element of the security measures used to protect user accounts, including preventing fraudulent use of login credentials, and to protect our website and services generally

Advertising – we use cookies to help us to display advertisements that will be relevant to you

Affiliates – we may also use cookies as part of any affiliate scheme, sometimes when you click on a link and purchase a product or service from a third-party, we may get paid a commission.

Analysis – we use cookies to help us to analyse the use and performance of our website and services

Here are some of the cookies used when you access and use

Cookie Name What’s it used for
SharethisA cookie is used for social networking buttons on each page
_utmaUsed by Google Analytics to distinguish users and sessions
_utmbUsed by Google Analytics to determine new sessions/visits
_utmcUsed by Google Analytics for end of browser session
_utmtUsed by Google Analytics to throttle request rate
_utmvUsed by Google Analytics establish patterns and customer types
_utmzUsed by Google Analytics to identify traffic source
DoubleclickUsed by Google Adsense to serve advertising
GooglesyndicationUsed by Google Adsense to serve advertising
OtherPlease note there may be ‘third-party’ cookies used for advertising, such as Amazon, eBay, Google Adsense and so on. We have no ‘control’ over these cookies, if you would like to find out further information please visit Google’s Adsense Cookie page for more details.

If you would like to read Google Analytics Cookie Policy please click on the link.