Privacy Policy & Cookies

This website uses 'performance cookies'. These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.

This website also carries embedded ‘share’ buttons to enable users of our site to easily share pages of our website with their friends and family through popular social networks. We use Facebook, Twitter and You tube. These sites may set a cookie when you are also logged into their services.

We use a pop up acceptance of cookies on our site to enable visitors to choose if they wish to accept or not accept cookies when using our site.

New EU law for Websites

What are cookies?

Cookies are very small text files that websites install on visitors’ devices for a number of reasons, such as to enable shopping baskets to work correctly and, at the other end of the spectrum, to allow advertising to become more targeted and personalized.

Cookies cannot harm your device at all, and they can make the internet incredibly easy to use, but obviously it’s only fair that it should be up to the visitor whether they accept these cookies or not.

All Internet browsers, such as Google Chrome and Internet Explorer, have an optional setting to disallow these cookies, but it’s felt by legislators that greater education of web users about cookies and what they do is required, especially in an age in which online privacy is becoming more and more significant.

This is why the EU Cookies Law has come into place.

What is the new EU Cookies Law and why is it needed?

The EU Cookies Law (officially known as the e-Privacy Directive) is a European law that was passed in Europe in 2011 but only came into force in the UK on May 26th 2012.

From this date, websites which include features that place cookies on a visitor's device must, in some instances, advise the visitor that this is occurring and, in other instances, actually gain consent from the visitor before placing the cookies on their device. The manner in which the website owner needs to inform the visitor depends not only on the purpose of the cookie, but also what the website owner does with the information collected by it.

The law was designed to stop privacy invasion and the tracking of the identity of visitors on a mass scale, particularly by large organizations who may be attempting to collect swathes of information about their visitors’ browsing habits without their knowledge. The law also aims to ensure that the public are more aware of cookies and what they do.