Cookies

What is a cookie?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

How do cookies work?

A website's cookies store information on your user device, which then gets sent back to that website each time you visit. Sometimes this information is essential to access a website's functions - for example if you need to log in, a cookie will allow the website to recognise your log-in details.

Cookies can also be used to build a profile of your activity on a website - which pages you visit, how long you spend on each page. A website may then use this information to tailor the pages that you see when you visit the site in the future.

How do we use cookies?

We use cookies for two purposes:

To track your 'session state' so that when you interact with our website it is able to retrieve data that is specific to you.

To create statistical data about how our visitors find and use our website. This allows us to improve the performance of the website. The information we collect is anonymous, it cannot be used to identify you personally.

A list of the cookies used by this website, and their purpose, is provided below.

Can I control or delete cookies?

All recent versions of popular browsers (such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox) allow you to control cookies. You can set your browser to accept or reject all, or certain cookies. You might, for example, be happy to accept a cookie that allows you to log in to a website, but prefer to reject any which are used to build a profile of your internet usage. You can also set your browser to prompt you each time a cookie is offered.

For more information, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

Please note that if you restrict or delete cookies used by this website then it may not function as intended.

Cookies used by our website


Essential cookies

Web site
Cookie ID Where is it used? About these cookies
exp-tracker
exp-last-visit
exp-last-activity
exp-stashid
All pages These cookies are used to store server-side, user-specific data in order to maintain a session state for the visitor, and to 'remember' their preferences. Our website uses this data to process user requests. Some functions of the website depend on these cookies and may not work properly, or at all, if they are disabled.
screensize Local Services Directory This cookie is used to establish the width of the screen of the device you are using (i.e. smartphone, tablet or desktop). We use this information to establish whether to display a Google Map when searching for local services. For small screen devices such as smartphones we do not display the map and fallback to a list view.

Performance cookies

Google Analytics
Cookie ID Where is it used? About these cookies
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--utmb
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--utmz
All pages These cookies are used to identify new and returning visitors to our site, how long visitors stay on our site and how they reached our site. The results are sent to our Google Analytics account so we can understand how visitors arrive at our web site and how long they stay for.
Google Maps
Cookie ID Where is it used? About these cookies
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AdSenseLocale
SNID
MPRF
N-T
PREF
NID
Local Services Directory These cookies are set by Google and are used to allow Google to measure the number and behaviour of users of Google Maps.