Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy

Cookie Policy

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies do not harm your system.

A cookie is a small text file that is stored on your computer's hard drive and which records how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.

We are required to obtain your consent for all non-essential cookies used on our website. Go straight to the "Turning Off Cookies" section.

Types of Cookies

Cookies are either:

  • Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser - they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer; or
  • Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. [We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics.]

Cookies can also be categorised as follows:

  • Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as when buying a product and / or service. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
  • Performance cookies: These cookies enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular.
  • Functionality cookies: These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. For instance, we may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised.
  • Targeting cookies: These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests.
  • First and third party cookies: First party cookies are cookies set by our website. Third party cookies are cookies on our website that are set by a website other than our website, such as where we have adverts on our website or use Facebook pixels so that we can show you relevant content from us when you are on Facebook.

Cookies We Use

Strictly Necessary

  • DYNSRV - used for load balancing to manage server traffic demand. This cookie is loaded by the hosting server not our website.
  • CookieScriptConsent - enables site visitors to accept all cookies or necessary cookies.


Google Analytics - set to anonymise the IP address gtag('config', '<GA_TRACKING_ID>', { 'anonymize_ip': true });, so no personal information is being collected.

We use Google Analytics cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (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 page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. Google Analytics tells us, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before.

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Add This - social share buttons on article posts which allow you to share a post you find interesting.

The __atuvc and __atuvs cookies are created and read by the AddThis social sharing site JavaScript on the client side (on our articles pages) in order to make sure you see the updated count if you share a page and return to it before our share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies disables the sharing buttons within each artilce on the website.

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Turning Off Cookies

You can alter your cookie preferences at any time by clicking on the Cookie settings tab at the bottom left hand side of your screen and choosing "All cookies" or "Necessary cookies only". Please refresh your page to ensure that the new settings have taken effect.

You can also control your cookie settings (including essential cookies) through your web browser. However, if you use your browser settings to block essential cookies you may not be able to access all or parts of our site. Each browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences or visit About Cookies (which explains how you can delete and control the cookies that are stored on your computer).

You can also opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, by going to You can opt out of AddThis cookies at

If you have any questions about the cookies that we use, feel free to email us at