This page provides details about the cookies we use across and what they are used for.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small files that are saved by your browser when you visit a website. They store info about the content you view and interact with to remember your preferences and settings or analyze how you use online services. The cookies themselves are not harmful, they do not contain viruses or some other malicious code. They are used for a variety of purposes, for sessions (for example, logging into forums), for shopping carts in online stores, for displaying various advanced content on a website (e.g., maps, video), for managing page visit statistics, for supporting social plug-ins, and also to display custom-made ads for the web.

Cookies are divided into “first party” and “third party” cookies:

  • First party cookies are the cookies served by the website you are visiting.
  • Third-party cookies are cookies placed on our domains by trusted partners that we’ve allowed to do so. These can be social media partners, advertising partners, security providers, and more.

Cookies can be either “session cookies” or “permanent / persistant cookies”:

  • Session cookies only exist until you close your browser, ending what’s called your “session.” Then they’re deleted automatically.
  • Permanent /persistant cookies have a range of lifespans and stay on your device after the browser is closed.

Why do we use cookies?

When it comes to purpose, cookies are divided into three categories:

  • Functional cookies: These are cookies required for websites to function properly.
  • Analytical cookies: These cookies measure and track how the websites are used.
  • Marketing cookies: This cookies track the user on a website or across several websites for marketing purposes.

Our main aim of using cookies is to provide you with the most optimised ‘user experience’ possible. We use cookies to help you navigate the website efficiently and perform certain functions.

Our website analytics tool also uses cookies in order to analyse how, when and where visitors use our websites. This information is not tied to personally identifiable information. We only use this data to improve your experience. For example, we are able to find out what the most popular content is each week, and update our homepage to reflect that current interest.

After reviewing the cookies we use (see ‘Cookies we use’ section below) and the benefit they provide you can choose to agree or not with the usage of our cookies. If you do not agree, we have provided guidance to help you to alter your browser settings to match the level of privacy you require (see the ‘How can I manage cookies’ section below).

You can manage cookies for yourself. Cookies can be deleted or blocked by changing your web browser settings. However, if you block cookies some parts of the web site may not work properly.

Cookies we use

Google Maps

  • APISID, HSID, NID, PREF, SAPISID, SID, SNID, SSID __utma, __utmb, __utmx, __utmz, _ga, khcookie
  • Expiry date: Up to 2 years.
  • Google maps associated cookies are used to display a user-friendly map and location designations.


  • datr, lu, c_user, csm, fr, s, xs, p, presence, x-src, act
  • Expiry date: Up to 2 years.
  • This cookies are set by the Facebook tool. They enable integration of the Facebook plug-in within our web site.


  • Expiry date: Up to 10 years.
  • The cookies enable key functionality of YouTube videos. They are used exclusively on pages containing YouTube videos.

Google Analytics

  • __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz, __utmv, _ga, _gat
  • Expiry date: Up to 2 years.
  • This cookies are set by the Google Analytics tool. They enable us to see how users navigate through our web site. Google Analytics helps us to understand how you interact with our website by collecting and reporting information anonymously. We use Google Analytics to help us analyse the information collected. It also reports website trends without identifying individual visitors.

You can manage cookies for yourself. Cookies can be deleted or blocked by changing your web browser settings. Please see ‘How can I manage cookies?’ section below. However, if you block cookies some parts of the web site may not work properly.

Third-party cookies

Some of our pages display content from external providers, e.g. Google Maps,… To view this third-party content, you first have to accept their specific terms and conditions. This includes their cookie policies, which we have no control over. But if you do not view this content, no third-party cookies are installed on your device.

Third-party providers on our websites:

  • You Tube
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Google Maps

These third-party services are outside of our control. Providers may, at any time, change their terms of service, purpose and use of cookies, etc.

How can I manage cookies?

You can use your browser settings to accept or reject new cookies and to delete existing persistent cookies. You can also set your browser to notify you each time new cookies are placed on your device. Where you find these settings depends on the browser you use:

If you choose to disable some or all cookies, you may not be able to make full use of our website as it may disable some of our essential cookies.

Google Analytics

You can opt out of Google Analytics without affecting how you visit our website – for more information on opting out of being tracked by Google Analytics across websites you use visit Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.