Cookie Policy

Information about our use of cookies

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer (if you consent to us using cookies). Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our website.

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work smoothly as you would expect
  • Remember your settings between visits
  • Offer you content
  • Improve the speed of the site
  • Improve the security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages easily across social media networks
  • Continuously improve our website
  • Make our marketing more efficient

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

Third Party Functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video. Our site includes the following that use cookies:

  • YouTube
  • Google
  • Twitter

Social Website Cookies

So you can easily Like or Share our content on social media networks we have included sharing buttons on our site. Cookies are set by:

  • ShareThis (Who provide lots of sharing buttons in a single package)

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on your personal privacy settings that you have chosen on these networks.

Visitor Statistics Cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using, how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called analytic programs also tell us how people reached the site (e.g. from a search engine or a link via social media) and whether they have been here before.

There are two types of cookie that may be used during your visit to our website:

1. Session cookies

Session cookies are deleted after each visit to our site. For example, when you are browsing our site, it will remember you for the duration of your visit, but the cookie will be removed from your computer as soon as you close down your internet browser.

2. Persistent cookies

Persistent cookies remember you for a set period of time. On your first visit to our site, you will be presented with a default view. Over time, the version of the site you see may change, as persistent cookies remember items you have previously viewed, preference changes you have made, or whether you logged into or out of your account while browsing.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

Cookie Name Purpose More Info
_ga Google Analytics Tracking the path of visitors through the website and identifying returning visitors. Statistics derived from this information help you identify how well certain pages and aspects of the site perform, and where we can make improvements to help visitors access the information they need more quickly and with less hassle.
_gat HotJar Used to show ads on other websites, analytics, allows visitor to be tracked across multiple pages and sessions, interact with Polls, interact with Social Media networks
_stid, _uset, _unam, UID, UIDR ShareThis Part of the ShareThissharing button functionality. Unique identifiers given to each computer to allow traffic analysis to ShareThis. ShareThis includes a link in their pop-up box which allows users to specify “Do not track” which deletes cookies as required.
ra1_sid, ra1_uid Gwallet Gwallet is a domain used by Radium One which is an analytics company that is part of a network of sites, cookies, and other technologies used to track you, what you do and what you click on, as you go from site to site, surfing the Web. Over time, sites like Gwallet can help make an online profile of you usually including the sites you visit, your searches, purchases, and other behaviour. Your profile can then be exchanged and sold between various companies like as well as being sold to other advertisers and marketers.
ra1balancer See above
U, rud, ruds, euds, smd, eud, dids, Rocket Fuel These cookies are from Rocket Fuel ( and are used to deliver targeted advertising across their network sites ensuring users see relevant advertising.
TDID, TDCPM Purpose of these cookies is to allow for optimisation of performance of advertising on other websites as well as to understand what advertising converts on  the website.
ab Cookie stores data to recognise your device and provides data to advertising partners. Data collected includes DOB, gender and postal area. Opt out at
Ck1, rlas3, rtn1, ids Rlcdn cookies from Rapleaf track users, what they do, what sites they visit and develop an online profile of user searches and behaviours. This data is then exchanged or sold between other companies and advertisers
Bkdc, bku Targeting / Advertising cookies. These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advert as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
U Cookie collects non-identifiable data, sent to unidentified source. Source identity is kept secret by Whois Privacy Protection Service Inc.
Cckz, clid, acs, sglst Collects anonymous data on behalf of Media6Degrees. Used to analyse the user’s browsing behaviour for targeted advertising.
Id, IDE The cookie is generated by double-click floodlight tags. Holds Check For Permission value. Cookie is removed after 10 minutes
na_tc Tracking cookie from a 3rd party, commonly used in “like” and “share” buttons. Often used to link to social networks. May be used for targeted advertising.
Sess, uuid2 Cookie records what adverts web browser has seen, what page it was on, when the browser saw the ad, whether the ad was clicked on and what type of pages the browser visited along with the IP address.
Uuid, uuidc Targeted marketing cookie from Media Math.
_cfduid A1 Persistent cookie identifies trusted web traffic. Does not store or transmit any personally identifiable information
cli Targeted advertising cookie used to limit the adverts a user sees as well as measure effectiveness of an advertising campaign. Remembers a user has visited a site and data shared with advertisers.
ANON_ID Collects information about user’s visits to the site, such as which pages were consulted. The recorded data used to classify user’s interest and define demographic profiles in terms of resale for targeted marketing
metrics_token, pid, Twitter Metrics_token helps Twitter count the number of users that have seen an embedded tweet or time line. PiD cookie enables tailored suggestions from twitter for users based on the websites that they visit.
_tmid Cookie is used by TubeMogul that provides a platform that is designed to help advertisers place advertisements into videos that you view while online.

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit

Except for essential cookies, all cookies will expire after 5 years.