We want to make our online services easy, useful and reliable and this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your access device; your computer, tablet or mobile phone. These small text files are known as cookies and cannot be used to identify you personally.

Our cookies help us –

  • make our website work as you’d expect (including remembering your search settings)
  • improve the speed/security of the site
  • continuously improve our website for you (using website analytics)

We do not use cookies to –

  • collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • pass data to advertising networks
  • pass personal data to third parties
  • pay sales commissions

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site may not work as you would expect.

First party cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including –

  • remembering your search settings
  • statistics

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.  Some additional (non-core) functionality may use cookies, such as social media integration – these are classed as third party cookies.

Website statistics

This website automatically logs some information about your visit, such as your browser type and the length of your visit, to enable us to understand how visitors interact with the site. This is so we can make informed decisions about site improvements. This process does not involve collecting or logging any personal data.

Third party cookies

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video.

Disabling these cookies may break the functions offered by these third parties.

Cookies used on our website or by third parties

__cfduid30 daysUsed by Cloudflare to anonymously identify legitimate users and block malicious accounts.
cookieconsent_status1 yearSet when user chooses to allow cookies.
cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary1 yearStores cookies required for the functioning of the website.
cookielawinfo-checkbox-non-necessary 1 yearStores cookies not required for the functioning of the website, but useful for analytics.
viewed_cookie_policy1 yearSet when user approves their cookie settings on the site
_ga2 years Google Analytics: Statistics of website views: Counting visit number from individual computer.
_gid1 dayGoogle Analytics: Identification of user returns within 24 hours of first view.
_gat_gtag_UA_1[website_id]SessionGoogle Analytics: Identification code of website for tracking visits.

Turning cookies off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (link  opens in a new window). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our website.

The cookie information text on this site was derived from content provided by Attacat Internet Marketing http://www.attacat.co.uk/ (link opens in a new window), a marketing agency based in Edinburgh. If you need similar information for your own website you can use their free cookie audit tool (link opens in a new window).