Introduction to Cookies

What are Cookies and how are they used?

A cookie is a small file containing letters and numbers that can be stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive. They are created when you access certain websites. Cookies collect standard Internet log information and visitor behaviour in an anonymous form. They allow a website to recognise users when they return to a site. You can be assured that shopping with us is safe and secure.

We use cookies to monitor usage of this website. By using cookies we can see the products and services you are interested in when you browse this website, which enables us to personalise your visit and make it more user-friendly, for example by allowing us to save your password so that you do not have to re-enter it every time. We use specialised analytics partners to gather certain information about how you browse, search and buy from the site. To do this we place cookies on your computer that collect information on our behalf. We use this information to constantly improve our services and your shopping experience. Our partners analyse the data collected, which is then passed back to us via a secure connection. Our contract with our partners prohibits them from using any of the data themselves. Password and credit card information is not collected by these specialised analytics partners.

Usage of certain cookies on our site is essential to it working fully. A number of important parts of this website will not function if cookies are not enabled.

You can also visit www.allaboutcookies.org for more information.



What Cookies are used on our site?

Please see below for the category types, associated cookies are and what they do.

Cookie Name Originating Page First or Third Party Purpose Expiry
PHPSESSID All First Required for site to run At end of browser session
__utma All First Required for Google Analytic tracking Two years
__utmb All First Required for Google Analytic tracking Thirty minutes
__utmc All First Required for Google Analytic tracking At end of browser session
__utmz All First Required for Google Analytic tracking Six months
__utmv All First Required for Google Analytic tracking Two years
__utmx All First Required for Google Analytic tracking Two years
SID All First Required for Google Maps At end of browser session
PREF All First Required for Google Maps At end of browser session
SS All First Required for Google Maps At end of browser session
APISID All First Required for Google Maps At end of browser session
HSID All First Required for Google Maps At end of browser session
NID All First Required for Google Maps At end of browser session
auth_token_session All Third Required for social media links (Twitter) At end of browser session
secure_session All Third Required for social media links (Twitter) At end of browser session


Controlling the use of Cookies

To get the most out of your experience with using our website cookies should be enabled. Most web browsers are automatically set to accept cookies with the standard installation settings. If cookies are not set to work on your browser the result could mean the performance of this website will be affected and will also restrict your usage of this website which may mean you are unable to buy anything from us.

You are able to check to see if cookies are enabled specifically for PCs by doing for following for each browser type;

Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0
  • Click on 'Tools' at the top of your browser window (use the cog icon in IE 9.0) and select 'Internet options'.
  • Click on the 'Privacy' tab
  • Under the Settings section check the level is Sset to Medium or below, which will enable cookies in your browser
  • Settings above Medium will disable cookies and could cause the site to function not as we would expect.
Google Chrome
  • Click on 'Tools' at the top of your browser window and select Options
  • Click the 'Under the Hood' tab, locate the 'Privacy' section, and select the 'Content settings' button
  • Now select 'Allow local data to be set'
Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on 'Tools' at the top of your browser window and select Options
  • Then select the Privacy icon
  • Click on Cookies, then select 'allow sites to set cookies'
Safari
  • Click on the Cog icon at the top of your browser window and select the 'Preferences' option
  • Click on 'Security', check the option that says 'Block third-party and advertising cookies'
  • Click 'Save'

If you use a browser not mentioned above or a mobile device such as a smart phone or tablet please use either their help section or own website to check the cookie settings.