Cookies are data or text files sent by a website’s server to a web browser, processor, memory or hard drive & stored there. They’re normally used for a range of different purposes and for storing usage information.
Cookies are small data or text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your personal computer, mobile or other device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device and can be used for a range of different purposes such as customising a website for a particular user, helping a user navigate a website, improving that user’s website experience and storing that user’s preferences and login information.
Cookies are usually classified as either ‘session’ or as ‘persistent’ depending on how long the cookie lasts, after it is stored (placed within your browser). Therefore the time each cookie lasts for can vary:
- Session cookies:
session cookies last for as long as you keep your browser open. They expire when you close your browser.
- Persistent cookies:
persistent cookies expire at a fixed point in time or if you manually delete them from your browser, whichever occurs first.
Cookies can be classed as either ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’ depending on their exact use, function and purpose. Typically our website (as with most others) use both types of cookie in order to make your overall experience on our website more enjoyable.
- Essential cookies:
sometimes called ‘strictly necessary’ cookies, these are cookies that are either used solely to carry out or facilitate the transmission of communications over a network; or strictly necessary to provide an online service (e.g. our website or a service on our website) which you have requested (for instance registering a new account or making a purchase).
- Non-essential cookies:
sometimes called ‘performance and functionality’ cookies, these are any other cookies that do not fall within the definition of essential cookies, such as cookies used to analyse your behaviour on our website (‘analytical’ cookies) or cookies used to display advertisements to you (‘advertising’ cookies).
Cookies are usually classified as either ‘session’ or as ‘persistent’ depending on how long the cookie lasts, after it is stored (placed within your browser). Therefore the time each cookie lasts can vary:
- Session cookies:
session cookies last for as long as you keep your browser open. They expire when you close your browser. A browser session starts when you open your browser window and finishes when you close it. Session cookies are created temporarily so once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.
- Persistent cookies:
persistent cookies expire at a fixed point in time or if you manually delete them from your browser, whichever occurs first. Persistent cookies are activated each time that you visit our website and will usually remain on your device for the period of time specified in the cookie.
Cookies are usually classified as either ‘first party’ or as ‘third party’ depending on who owns the cookie. All cookies have an owner which tells you who the cookie belongs to. The owner is always the domain specified in the cookie.
- First party cookies:
- Third party cookies:
these are cookies placed on your device by third party website domains. These cookies allow third parties to track the success of their application or customise the application for you. Because of how cookies work we cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used on our site. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about their cookies and how to manage them. Disabling any third party cookie will have no adverse effect on your browsing experience as we only use third party cookies to advertise, for social sharing and for Google analytics.
This policy refers to ‘cookies’ throughout, however it also covers these alternate mechanisms. A list of the cookies used on the various pages throughout the website, and what they do, is shown below:
There are a number of different ways in which you can accept or reject some or all cookies. Some of the main methods of doing so are described below. You are welcome to block the use of some or all of the cookies we use on our website however please be aware that doing so will impair our website and its functionality or may even render some or all of it unusable.
You should also be aware that clearing all cookies from your browser will also delete any cookies that are storing your preferences, for example, whether you have accepted cookies on a website or any cookies that are blocking other cookies.
You can find more detailed information about cookies and adjusting your browser settings by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org and www.youronlinechoices.eu.
- Changing your browser settings:
You can accept or reject some or all cookies (for example, blocking all third party cookies) by adjusting your browser settings. If you do not know how to do this, the links below set out information about how to change your browser settings for some of the most commonly used web browsers:
- Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on:
You can opt out of Google Analytics tracking by installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on which is available here
- Clear existing cookies:
To clear cookies that have previously been placed on your browser, you should select the option to clear your browsing history and ensure that the option to delete or clear cookies is included when you do so.
Some browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox, allow you to change your settings to browse in ‘incognito’ mode, limiting the amount of data placed on your machine and automatically deleting any persistent cookies placed on your device when you finish your browsing session. There are also many third party applications which you can add to your browser to block or manage cookies.
The data controller in respect of this website is SimpleServe Web Design Limited registered in England and Wales number: 10778148. Our registered office address is: 3 Chantry Court, Forge Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2DL. We are registered with the Information Commissioner and our registration number is: ZA255425.
You can contact the data controller by writing to: The Data Protection Manager, SimpleServe Web Design Limited, c/o KFH Accounts, 3 Chantry Court, Forge Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2DL or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve made it really easy to control your privacy on our website, to get started head over to our Privacy Options
page and then select what you want to opt-in / out of. However bear in mind that if you opt of allowing necessary cookies then the website will not perform properly and you should leave immediately.