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How do we use cookies?

We use cookies to enhance the online experience of our visitors, to better understand how our websites are used and to monitor how our advertisements perform. Cookies may tell us, for example, whether you have visited our site before or whether you are a new visitor and they may help you to complete tasks without re-entering information when browsing from one page to another.

Managing cookies

Cookies help us ensure that our website is as good as it can be for our users, and that all our digital marketing is as efficient as it can be. You can turn off cookies, but please be aware that if you disable all cookies, some elements of our website may not work properly. 

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Cookies we use

_ga - Site Analytics - Google Analytics.  Used to distinguish users in Google Analytics. By default, analytics.js uses a single, first-party cookie named _ga to store the Client ID, but the cookie's name, domain, and expiration time can all be customized.

_gid - Site Analytics - Google Analytics.  Used to distinguish users in Google Analytics. Helps Google Analytics identify a unique user. This cookie stories the Client ID, a unique random ID that gets stored in the browser so Google can associate other visits by the same user.

_gat - Google Analytics. Purpose - Throttle requests in Google Analytics

AMP_TOKEN - Site Analytics - Google Analytics. Contains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. Other possible values indicate opt-out, inflight request or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service.

_gac_<property-id> - Site Analytics - Google Analytics. Contains campaign related information for the user. If you have linked your Google Analytics and Google Ads accounts, Google Ads website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out. Link Google AdWords to Google Analytics

_utmz - Site Analytics - Google Analytics. Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site, for example if someone clicked on a social media post or a link from another site. This is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

_utmc - Site Analytics - Google Analytics. This cookie takes a timestamp when a user leaves the site and is used to help define a session in Google Analytics, and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Historically used in conjunction with _utmb.

_utma and/or _utmb - Site Analytics - Google Analytics. This cookie is used to distinguish users and sessions for Google Analytics use. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists.

__stripe_mid – Stripe. Part of our card payment provider, Stripe. Stripe is used to make credit card payments. Stripe uses a cookie to remember who you are and to enable us to process payments without storing any credit card information on our own servers.

__stripe_sid – Stripe. Part of our card payment provider, Stripe. Stripe is used to make credit card payments. Stripe uses a cookie to remember who you are and to enable us to process payments without storing any credit card information on our own servers.

__atuvc – Addthis.  Part of the AddThis widget used for social sharing buttons.

__stripe_orig_props – Stripe. Part of our card payment provider, Stripe. Stripe is used to make credit card payments. Stripe uses a cookie to remember who you are and to enable us to process payments without storing any credit card information on our own servers.

Facebook Pixel – Facebook.  To maximise the effectiveness and value of our marketing, we also use Facebook's pixel to track visits and conversions. This collects information about pages visited and actions taken such as button clicks. We receive no personal data from this but Facebook may link it to your Facebook account.

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