Cookie Policy

What are cookies and why do I need to know?

Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer or other device when websites are loaded in a browser.

They are widely used to ‘remember’ you and your preferences, either for a single visit through a ’session cookie’ or for multiple repeat visits using a ‘persistent cookie’. They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in.

Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting, known as ‘first-party cookies; or by third parties, such as those who serve content or provide advertising or analytics services on the website, known as ‘third-party cookies’.

Both websites and HTML emails may also contain other tracking technologies such as ‘web beacons’, or ‘pixels’. These are typically small transparent images that provide us with statistics for similar purposes as cookies. They are often used in conjunction with cookies, though they are not stored on your computer in the same way. If you disable cookies, the web beacons may still load, but their functionality will be restricted.

On the 26th May 2012 the New EU cookie law (e-Privacy Directive) came into effect which meant that any website using cookie technology must inform visitors that cookies were being used and what for.

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics (a web analytics service), which sets a cookie on your web browser in order to evaluate your experience of our website. The cookie is used to store information, such as what time you visited our website, whether you have visited the site before, what site referred you or what you searched for to find us.

Google Analytics Cookie Names are as follows:

  • _utma
  • _utmb
  • _utmc
  • _utmz

E-Commerce

Cookies are also used to store your current order progress during an e-commerce transaction. This enables the website to remember what products you are ordering and where your order progress is up to. It would not be possible to buy products or services from this website without the use of these cookies.

This website uses wooCommerce. Cookies are used by WooCommerce in a variety of ways.

Cookies depend on specific features that are enabled on a store. The cookies are active when a user interacts with one of these features or to allow admin functions to be performed from within the store’s dashboard (/wp-admin).

Details are provided in tables below, listing various cookies that are set for users of stores with the WooCommerce plugin installed.

Store front end

COOKIE NAMEDURATIONPURPOSE
woocommerce_cart_hashsessionHelps WooCommerce determine when cart contents/data changes.
woocommerce_items_in_cartsessionHelps WooCommerce determine when cart contents/data changes.
wp_woocommerce_session_2 daysContains a unique code for each customer so that it knows where to find the cart data in the database for each customer.
woocommerce_recently_viewedsessionPowers the Recent Viewed Products widget.
store_notice[notice id]sessionAllows customers to dismiss the Store Notice.

No personal information is stored within these cookies.

Store dashboard

COOKIE NAMEDURATIONPURPOSE
woocommerce_snooze_suggestions__[suggestion]2 daysAllows dashboard users to dismiss Marketplace suggestions, if enabled.
woocommerce_dismissed_suggestions__[context]1 monthCount of suggestion dismissals, if enabled.
tk_aisessionStores a randomly-generated anonymous ID. This is only used within the dashboard (/wp-admin) area and is used for usage tracking, if enabled.

Informed Consent

If you continue to browse our website without changing your cookie settings, we will presume that you are happy to receive this cookie from our website. If, however, you are not happy to receive cookies from our website, you can change your browser cookie settings at any time.

How Can I Manage Website Cookies?

If you wish not to receive cookies from this website, you can change your web browser settings so that you will be notified when any website tries to send you a cookie. At this point you can choose to accept or refuse the cookie. In addition you can also delete historical cookies from your browser at any time.

In order to manage cookies please refer to your web browsers help function, which will guide you through the process of managing your browsers privacy settings. Alternatively, you may want to visit www.aboutcookies.org, an independent website which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.

Alternatively if you wish just to avoid Google Analytic cookies consider Google’s browser plug-in available for most web browsers “Opt-out of Google Analytics cookies“.

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