Cookie Policy

This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping baskets, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.

Cookies and Web Beacons

We use cookies and Web Beacons on our web site to store text on the device you visit us from for the following purposes:

  • For Security and anti-spam purposes
  • To tell if you’ve visited our site or page before
  • To allow Google to measure what technologies access our site
  • To anonymously tell a partner site that you came from us
  • For social media sites to interact with you

We would like your permission to do this.

If you do not wish to give us permission then we are unable to offer you a full service and you should cease to use our site, sorry.

What are Cookies?

A Cookie, in respect to the internet, is a broad term used to denote the storage by your browser of some text, typically a small text file will be stored on your computer.

Cookies cannot contain computer code nor are they an app, they cannot do anything independently they are just text.

The information stored in the cookie will vary from site to site, cookie to cookie thus It is not the use of a cookie that causes a problem it is the information they contain that can cause problems. Your own browser’s technology prevents a cookie we store from being read by any other site.

The cookies we use we warrant are not used for any other purpose than that mentioned above and nor can they be used by others for any other purpose.

All cookies may be deleted from your device by using your browser functions or going to their stored location and deleting them manually. Care should be taken when doing this to ensure you do not delete cookies that you need to effectively navigate the internet.

What are Web Beacons

The Web beacons we use are a small transparent pictures (technically a 1 x 1 pixel gif image file) they are used by some of our partners to prove to them that an advert/image/hyperlink was displayed on the device.  They contain no personal information and are used for measuring the number of times something is displayed.

They are occasionally called web bugs or tracking bug which is a rather negative term for what we use them for, click the link for further information.

We may collect information through web beacons about your web browsing activities such as

  • The address of the page you are visiting,
  • The address of the referrer page you previously visited,
  • The time you are viewing the page,
  • Your browsing technology signature and
  • Your display settings.

We use the information we collect through web beacons:

  • To optimise your browsing experience.
  • To improve our services.
  • To understand traffic patterns and the number of visitors to the website including flow from other websites that we partner with.
  • To understand how you use and interact with our websites, products and services
  • To provide anonymous individual and/or aggregate auditing, research, modelling and reporting for our advertisers and other partners. No personally identifiable information about you is shared with our advertisers and other partners as part of these services.
  • To provide you relevant advertising and content.

The Web Beacons we use we warrant are not used for any other purpose than that mentioned above and nor can they be used by others for any other purpose.

Cookies or Web Beacons we Use

For Security and anti-spam purposes

If you agree we use cookies to control the ability to interact with our site either via the ability to leave comments on our posts or to register and login to our site, the cookie does not contain any personally identifiable information.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day

NameTypical ContentExpires
59f78473d79126f0634fb8a3cfbb0783randomly generated number7 days
woocommerce_recently_viewedPage codes for viewed itemIn the past
wordpress_logged_in_[system generated number]User name and encrypted security detailsIn the past
wordpress_sec_[system generated number]User name and encrypted security detailsIn the past
wordpress_test_cookieWP+Cookie+checkIn the past

To tell if you have visited our site before:

If you agree and we store a text cookie on your device it will only contain the date and time of your last visit and an encrypted code we will use to identify the device you visit us on.

To allow Google to measure what technologies visit our site:

We use Google analytics to measure (anonymously) the devices used to visit our site, from where and what pages are accessed so that we can monitor, review and hopefully improve the services to our visitors.

If you want to opt out of Google Analytics recording your device details, visit the Google Analytics Opt-out page and install the add-on for your browser.

This option will take precedence over any setting for Google Analytics on our site.

If you allow Google Analytics the following cookies will be placed on your device.

NameTypical ContentExpires
_utmarandomly generated number2 years
_utmbrandomly generated number30 minutes
_utmcrandomly generated number (old pages only)when you close your browser
_utmzrandomly generated number and information on how our site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search or not provided)6 months

Further details are available from Google’s development site

To anonymously tell a partner site that you came from us:

Some of our links on our site go to sites we partner with who will pay us a commission fee should you chose to purchase an item from them. This is how we fund and maintain the free services (e.g. this web site) for you.

This only occurs if you press the hyperlink to one of our partner sites from ours (and they are a partner who will pay a commission)

As they are a different web site a cookie is placed on your device to show you came from our site by one of our network partners.

The cookie placed will vary from partner to partner however they are all text based and typically have an expiry period of 7 to 30 days and the information these cookies contain will relate to the particular hyperlink/ad/image you clicked on and our identification code; no personal information you may have supplied us is included.

For social media sites to interact with you

If you click the share button, your social network login info is sent from your device to the appropriate network to enable the share to happen. None of this is stored nor transported through our servers — we simply tap into each social network’s API for sharing and allow our buttons to trigger that native sharing mechanism.

Web Beacons we use

The web beacons we use are all designed to enable analysis of how our web site performs from the respect of identifying what are popular areas of our site and what images, adverts or hyperlinks are displayed. These then enable us to improve the services we supply based upon what is popular, what service you interact with or what you click on.

Other Cookies

The technologies we use utilise many cookies, these are session cookies that remain on your device until you close your internet session (e.g. close your browser) thus if you are concerned about these cookies you should close your browser after you have finished on our site to clear these cookies.

On mobile devices or others where the concept of closing your browser is less relevant a session cookie will time out after a brief period of time (minutes rather than hours or days)

Network Advertising Initiative Cookies

We allow tracking, behavioural or retargeting cookies on our site (e.g. Adverts that seem to follow you from web site to web site) which includes Goole Adwords. These are clearly marked in a box with the word AdChoices written at the top. The AdChoices is a hyperlink to enable you to manage what and how they work.

You can opt-out of these type of adverts/cookies via the link provided. The Digital Advertising Alliance also allows opt-outs however relies on javascript being enabled to function.

Data retention

We will keep the information about you and your orders for as long as you remain our customer and as long as required by legal bodies.

Other Sites we Link to

We link to many other web sites who will have differing privacy policies to ours which we have no control over; should you select a link to another site please confirm you are happy with their policy prior to committing personal information on that site.