Cookie policy

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Cookies and how they benefit you

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help us improve your experience when you visit us. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you browse websites. They contain data that allows the website to ‘remember’ your actions or preferences over time.

The cookies on our site help us to:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Offer you free services/content (thanks to advertising)
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Continuously improve our website for you
  • Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the infomation on our site for free)

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

You can learn more about the cookies we use below.

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on browser are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

More about our cookies

Content management cookies

Our site has been built using WordPress, a free open source content management system. WordPress itself sets cookies to remember users’ preferences. However, we have turned off much of this functionality for non-administrators of the website.

Plugin cookies

WordPress supports the use of third party plugins: pieces of code written by members of the public or professional coders to enhance the users’ experience on the website. Some of these plugins may use cookies to remember information about you. The plugins on our site which use cookies are:

  • Icegram (this brings up the newsletter overlay on the homepage and uses a cookie to remember if you have already completed it or not)
  • Cookie Law Info (yes, rather ironically the plugin that shows you the cookie policy information sets a cookie to remember if you have already seen it or not)

This list may not be complete but we’ve done our best to find them all. We may add a new plugin in the future which uses cookies and if so, we will update this policy.

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 which may use cookies:

  • Google
  • Youtube

Disabling these cookies is likely to break the functions offered by these third parties.

Social website cookies

So you can easily ‘Like’ or share our content on networks such as Facebook and Twitter we have sharing buttons on our site.

Cookies are set by:

  • AddToAny which provide us with lots of sharing buttons all in one neat package

The privacy implications on this will vary for social network and will depend on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Visitor statistics cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics including how many people visit our website, what type of technology they use (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what pages they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called ‘analytics’ programmes also tell us how people found us (e.g. via a search engine) and whether they have been here before. This information helps us to undertand which pages and content you find most useful and interesting. We use Google analytics for this.

Our advertisers and deals partners will  probably  also use cookies on their sites, which tell thems that you have come to their site from our site.

Advertising cookies

Cookies are widely used in online advertising. Neither we, nor our advertisers nor our advertising partners can gain personally identifiable information from these cookies.
We fund our site by showing adverts as you browse our site. These adverts are not currently displayed using cookies and so cannot be switched off, however the plugin we use to display them does use cookies to track how many of our users click each advert. We would prefer it if you didn’t disable these cookies as advertising revenue helps us continue to provide free content.

Turning cookies off

You can usually switch off cookies using your browser settings. Doing so however will likely limit the functionality not just of our site but also almost every site in the world. Cookies are a standard part of most modern websites and are, for the most part, designed to improve your internet experience. Here’s a handy Wiki guide to disabling cookies.
To find out more about cookies and the EU Cookie Law please read the fascinating EU Internet Handbook.