How we use Cookies

What is a cookie
Cookies are small information files used by websites to distinguish between individual computer terminals so that the pages and functionality of that website can be correctly and securely delivered.
Cookies are fundamental to providing user-friendly online services. The most common functions of e-commerce would be impossible without cookies.
 
There are two types of cookies that can be used in the Internet that you should be aware of – Session cookies and Persistent cookies. You can read more about these at http://allaboutcookies.org.
 
Session cookies are deleted when you close your browser and are usually not saved to your computer's hard disk. We use session cookies to:
 
  • hold some types of non-private information you provide while using an interactive tool on the website
  • identify that you have logged in to the site
  • hold your search criteria while you are carrying out a search of the website
  • collect anonymous information on website usage to improve the site and service
Persistent cookies remain on your computer for a specified time and so are saved to your computer's hard disk. We use persistent cookies to:
 
  • identify that a registered user has returned??
  • securely remember your login User ID - if you have asked to do so
  • understand how you use our site and obtain information on website usage
Cookie use on our site
We only use Session cookies on this site. They are anonymous cookies that uniquely identify the machine you are using to visit the site for the period of your visit. It ensures we send you the correct information securely as you navigate around the site. It is deleted as you close your browser. It cannot track you journey once you leave the site.
 
General functional cookie
Name: PHPSESSID
What this looks like: Value - 7n7vovu2ok9mfu2ahip9ga8o24
What this does - This single session cookie contains all the information required to deliver the functionality of the website you are visiting. It does not gather personal data and is required only for the duration of your visit. It allows the authorised visitor to login to secure areas, a shopper to collect items in a basket and purchase them or carry out searches on the site as appropriate.
Expires - At End Of Session
 
Google Analytics cookies
Name: __utma
What this looks like: Value - 265607318.215545150.1340033986.1340033986.1340033986.1
What this does: Identifying Unique Visitors. Each unique browser that visits a page on your site is provided with a unique ID via the __utma cookie. In this way, subsequent visits to your website via the same browser are recorded as belonging to the same (unique) visitor. Thus, if a person interacted with your website using both Firefox and Internet Explorer, the Analytics reports would track this activity under two unique visitors. Similarly if the same browser were used by two different visitors, but with a separate computer account for each, the activity would be recorded under two unique visitor IDs. On the other hand, if the browser happens to be used by two different people sharing the same computer account, one unique visitor ID is recorded, even though two unique individuals accessed the site.
Expires: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:45:23 GMT
 
Name: __utmb
What this looks like: Value - 265607318.1.10.1340034323
What this does: Determining Visitor Session. The Google Analytics tracking for ga.js uses two cookies to establish a session. If either of these two cookies is absent, further activity by the user initiates the start of a new session.
Expires: Mon, 18 Jun 2012 16:15:23 GMT
 
Name: __utmz
What this looks like:
Value - 265607318.1340034323.1.1.utmcsr=(direct)|utmccn=(direct)|utmcmd=(none)
What this does: Tracking Traffic Sources & Navigation
When visitors reach your site via a search engine result, a direct link, or an ad that links to your page, Google Analytics stores the type of referral information in a cookie. This cookie gets updated with each subsequent page view to your site; thus it is used to determine visitor navigation within your site.
Expires: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 03:45:23 GMT
 
You can find out more about cookies and how they may be deleted or blocked at
www.allaboutcookies.org