What are cookies?
When a website is visited, that site may write a cookie (a small computer file) to the computer that is visiting the site. Depending on the individual website, the cookie may store an array of information about the actions performed during the site visit .

One of the ideas behind the use of cookies is to enhance the visitors experience next time they visit for example, you may not have to enter a user name, address etc. on subsequent visits made from the same computer. In this way, the website being visited may also be able to determine when the site was last visited, for how long, etc.

What if I want to turn cookies off?
You can stop your browser accepting cookies, or stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. Settings will typically be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser.

Anonymous Analytics cookies
Every time a user visits our website, web analytics software provided by Google Analytics generates an anonymous analytics cookie. These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before.
Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies, and if you don't, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual unique users we have, and how often they visit the site, but these cookies cannot be used to identify individuals; they are used for statistical purposes only.

Information about how you use the website and your IP address* is transmitted to Google, but Google will not link your IP address with any other information held by Google.

*What's an IP Address?
An IP address acts as a locator for one computer to talk to another. Put simply, a customer using a computer to connect to a website requires IP addresses to maintain contact for the duration of the visit. An IP address is not intended to act as an identifier that always uniquely identifies a particular device.