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Cookies are simple text files that typically hold a minimal amount of data specifically relevant to your visit on a site. They are not programs and they do not actively do anything.

They are designed to improve your user experience of a website, enabling facilities like:

  • remembering your user ID or password so you do not need to keep entering them every time you
  • customising a web page to your requirements
  • identifying when a website is not providing users with the information they are looking for

They are not programs and they do not actively do anything. A web server sends you a cookie and your browser stores it. The browser then returns the cookie to the server the next time the page is referenced.

How do we use cookies?

1. General cookies

This website is built using PHP web technologies, as part of that we use the built–in session cookie ‘Symphony’ to manage your session. When you navigate to the site, the server establishes a unique session that last for the duration of your visit.

2. Google Analytics

Google Analytics uses cookies to define user sessions, as well as to provide a number of key features in the Google Analytics reports. Google Analytics sets or updates cookies only to collect data required for the reports. Additionally, Google Analytics uses only first-party cookies. This means that all cookies set by Google Analytics for your domain send data only to the servers for your domain. This effectively makes Google Analytics cookies the personal property of this website domain, and the data cannot be altered or retrieved by any service on another domain.

For more information about the cookies Google uses visit cookie information page

3. Third Party Applications

Because we use external content on our site, particularly on our blog page, you may find cookies collecting information on their behalf.

We do not have any control the setting of these cookies and would advise that you visit the site to find out more about their cookie usage if you are interested.

What can I do about cookies?

Your web browser allows you to control cookie acceptance. You can choose whether to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can typically modify your browser settings to decline cookies if you prefer.

Please be aware that doing this may result in your user experience on our website being impinged upon and you not experiencing all the features on our site.

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