Information about our use of cookies

Our Web site uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our Web site. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our Web site and also allows us to improve our site.

Due to recent changes in law, all Web sites which operate across certain parts of the European Union are required to obtain consent using or storing cookies (or similar technologies) on your computers or mobile device. This cookie policy provides you with clear and comprehensive information about the cookies we use and the purposes for using those cookies. To review the privacy policies that apply to users of, please read our privacy policy

For further information about this policy, please contact: [email protected].

Your consent 

By continuing to use our Web site, you are agreeing to our placing cookies on your computer in order to analyse the way you use our Web site. Please read this cookie policy carefully for more details about the information we collect when you use this site.

If you do not wish to accept cookies in connection with your use of this Web site, you must stop using our site.

What is a cookie? 

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon as you visit our site.

Key concepts 

First and third-party cookies: whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the domain placing the cookie. First-party cookies are those set by a Web site that is being visited by the user at the time (eg cookies placed by

Third-party cookies: are cookies that are set by a domain other than that of the Web site being visited by the user. If a user visits a Web site and another entity sets a cookie through that Web site this would be a third-party cookie.

Persistent cookies: these cookies remain on a user’s device for the period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the Web site that created that particular cookie.

Session cookies: these cookies allow Web site operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Session cookies are created temporarily. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.

How to delete and block our cookies 

You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon as you visit our site.

Changing your cookie settings 

Please note that internet browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings are usually found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your internet browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful. Otherwise you should use the 'Help' option in your internet browser for more details.

Can I withdraw my consent? 

If you wish to withdraw your consent at any time, you will need to delete your cookies using your internet browser settings.

For further information about deleting or blocking cookies, please visit:

What cookies do we use and why? 

To find out about specific cookies we use on this site, please see below for details.

The cookies used on our site are categorised as follows:

  • Strictly necessary
  • Performance
  • Functionality

Strictly necessary 

'Strictly necessary' cookies let you move around the Web site and use essential features like secure areas and shopping baskets. Without these cookies, services you have asked for cannot be provided. Please note that these cookies do not gather any information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet.

We use these strictly necessary cookies to:

  • Identify you as being logged in to our Web site
  • Remember events added to your cart
  • Enable you to submit information via online forms such as registration and feedback forms

Accepting these cookies is a condition of using the Web site, so if you prevent these cookies we can't guarantee your use of our Web site or how the security on our Web site will perform during your visit.


'Performance' cookies collect information about how you use our Web site e.g. which pages you visit, and if you experience any errors. These cookies do not collect any information that could identify you and is only used to help us improve how our Web site works, understand what interests our users and measure how effective our content is.

We use performance cookies to:

  • Web Analytics: Provide anonymous statistics on how our Web site is used

Some of our performance cookies are managed for us by third parties. However, we don't allow the third party to use the cookies for any purpose other than those listed above.

By using our site, you accept the use of 'Performance' cookies. Accepting these cookies is a condition of using the Web site, so if you prevent them we cannot guarantee how our site will perform for you.


'Functionality' cookies are used to provide services or to remember settings to improve your visit. These cookies are only placed on your hard drive if the related functionality is used.

We use functionality cookies to:

  • Remember settings you've applied if you adjust publications text sizes
  • Remember if you've already voted on a poll
  • Keep you logged in to the Web site if you tick this option
  • Store preference to hide cookie notice on subsequent visits
  • Enable you to share pages with your contacts via social networks*

* We use as our social media sharing solution and have disabled the standard set of cookies. However, if you share pages via social networks, cookies may be placed by as well as the social network in question (including without limitation,, and for analytics and other purposes in accordance with their respective privacy policies. You can opt out of all tracking via the following link -

More information about cookies 

Information about cookies

Useful information about cookies can be found at:

Internet Advertising Bureau

A guide to behavioural advertising and online privacy has been produced by the internet advertising industry which can be found at:

International Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom

Information on the ICC (UK) UK cookie guide can be found on the ICC Web site section:

What specific cookies do we use on 

First party cookies 

Cookie name Purpose Duration Strictly necessary (Y/N) Domain source Category
JSESSIONID Stores a unique ID (the HTTP Session token) for the duration of the user's browsing session on a site, and is strictly necessary for the functioning of the site. Session Y Strictly necessary
central-cms-font-size Stores font size preference for viewing publications if the font size adjustment buttons are used. 7 days N Functionality
polls-answered Contains the unique ID numbers of the polls voted on by the user. Ensures that public users cannot vote in the polls more than once. 1 year N Functionality
rememberMe Enables user credentials to be remembered so that the user does not need to re-enter his / her username and password. If users log out, then the cookie is
Stored for up to 12 months,
and is deleted if a user logs
N Functionality
hide-cookie-notice Stores the user's preference to hide the cookie notice on subsequent visits Up to 1 year N Functionality

Third Party Cookies

Cookie name Purpose Duration Strictly necessary (Y/N) Domain source Category
_utma Determines first visit to the site from a particular browser 2 years N
Google Analytics* JavaScript
_utmb Used to establish and continue a user session with the site 30 minutes N
Google Analytics* JavaScript
_utmc Holds timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves the site Session N
Google Analytics* JavaScript
_utmz Records type of referral used by visitor to reach the site (such as direct, referring link, Web site search, ad campaign, e-mail link)  6 months  N
Google Analytics* JavaScript
PREF, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, use_hitbox Maintains video statistics (only apply when an embedded video is played) Session up to 10 years Performance

* For more information, see Google's help pages and privacy policy:

Additional third party cookies

We occasionally link to interactive digital publications called Zmags. If you click on Zmags links you will be directed to a website controlled by Zmags. We have no control over the cookies that Zmags sets when you use its service. However, you can read about the cookies that Zmags uses and opt out of Zmags cookies.

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