A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive which enable the website to function effectively and allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. Some cookies are necessary for this website's functionality – see the table for a list of these.

We also use Google Analytics and Search Console to analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to our customer needs. This data is anonymous and we only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Cookies used on this site

Name Duration Purpose
Google Analytics
Like most sites, we use Google Analytics to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where vistors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. We will try to keep this list up-to-date as best we can but Google Analytics can update the cookies they use at times so do check Google’s list of cookies if you find one not listed here.
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_ga 2 years Used to distinguish users.
_gid 24 hours Used to distinguish users.
_gat 1 minute Used to throttle request rate.
Content Management System
These cookies may be set by our content management system on some browsers to help provide you with a better experience of using this site and are compulsory to allow the site to function correctly. They are used to control sessions and for form or error message returns.
exp_tracker Session (until the browser is closed) Keeps track of the last few pages you visited on our site so we can redirect you from contact forms and other actions on our site.
exp_last_visit 1 year Contains the date of your last activity on the site and additional data if you are a registered user.
exp_last_activity 1 year Contains the date of your last activity on the site.
exp_csrf_token 1 hour CSRF stands for Cross Site Request Forgery. This cookie is a security enhancement for the content management system to ensure any form submissions from the site are genuine.
cookieconsent_status Session (until the browser is closed) Tells us whether you have accepted cookies or not
exp_cartthrob_session_id Session (until the browser is closed) Used by our shopping cart software to enable you to add items to your cart.
exp_flash Session (until the browser is closed) Used for logged in members to keep track of changes, including in with the shopping cart software.
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