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Please note that cookies can’t harm your computer. We don’t store personally identifiable information in cookies we create, but we do use encrypted information gathered from them to help improve your experience of the site. For example, they help us to identify and resolve errors.

We’re giving you this information as part of our initiative to comply with recent legislation, and to make sure we’re honest and clear about your privacy when using our website. We know you’d expect nothing less from us, and please be assured that we’re working on a number of other privacy and cookie-related improvements to the website.

Here’s a list of the main cookies we use, and what we use them for.

  • __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz, _ga, _gat. These cookies enable the function of Google Analytics. This software helps us take and analyse visitor information such as browser usage, new visitor numbers and response to marketing activity. That information helps us to improve the website and to make our marketing campaigns relevant.
  • _vwo_uuid_v2, vis_opt_test, vis_opt_s, vis_opt_out, vis_opt_*. These cookies allow Visual Website Optimiser to function properly. This software allows us to test different content layouts on this website. We analyse this data so we can improve our website usability. To opt-out from Visual Website Optimiser cookies, click here.
  • PHPSESSID. This cookie enables basic functionality on the site such as enabling the use of our contact forms and passing information between pages. This cookie is needed to ensure the site functions as you would expect.
  • __ar_v4. Our display advertising partner, AdRoll, enables us to present you with retargeting advertising on other sites based on your previous interaction with us. The techniques our partners employ do not collect personal information such as your name, email address, postal address or telephone number. You can visit this page to opt out of AdRoll and their partners’ targeted advertising.
  • nav-*. This cookie is used by our Client Area. The Client Area allows you to use drop-down menus, the primary purpose of this cookie is to store your preferences as to which menu is shown/hidden.