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Cookie Policy

To comply with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations we periodically conduct a Cookie Audit of our website. This Cookie Audit was last updated on 25 January 2013.

Our website uses a number of cookies to store data on our visitor's computers. For more information about managing cookies, please see http://www.aboutcookies.org/.

In Summary

Our current assessment of the intrusiveness of the cookies used by our website is as follows:

Strictly necessary cookies: Some cookies are strictly necessary in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features. Without these cookies, we will not be able to determine the number of unique users of the site or provide certain features, such as automatic sign in to our services.

Performance cookies: We use Performance cookies on our website for internal purposes to help us to provide you with a better user experience. Information supplied by cookies helps us to understand how our visitors use the websites so that we can improve how we present our content to you. We generally contract with independent measurement and research companies to perform these services for us and when this is the case, these cookies may be set by a third party company (third party cookies).

Functionality cookies: Functionality cookies record information about choices you've made and allow us to tailor the website to you. Functionality cookies may also take the form of Flash cookies, which are stored in your Adobe Flash Player rather than your browser.

Targeting or advertising cookies: Cookies can be used to work out what advertising might be most relevant to you based on the areas you look at on our sites and your IP address geo-location.

Our cookies in detail

Strictly necessary cookies

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This is a temporary session cookie set by Joomla to keep a track of each individual visitor. It allows Joomla to send the correct information to each website visitor without getting each one mixed up. It is essential for the smooth operation of the website.



24 hours

This is a cookie set by Joom!Fish to record the default language selected by the visitor. This allows the website to display the website in the language the visitor wants without them having to select the language each time.


12 months

This is a cookie set by Joomla to remember the login details of visitors so they don’t have to re-type them each time they wish to enter the members area.


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2 years

Used by Google Analytics. Each unique browser that visits a page on the site is provided with a unique ID via the __utma cookie. In this way, subsequent visits to the website via the same browser are recorded as belonging to the same (unique) visitor. Thus, if a person interacted with the website using different browsers, the Analytics reports would track this activity under two unique visitors. Similarly if the same browser were used by two different visitors, but with a separate computer account for each, the activity would be recorded under two unique visitor IDs. On the other hand, if the browser happens to be used by two different people sharing the same computer account, one unique visitor ID is recorded, even though two unique individuals accessed the site.


30 min

Google Analytics uses these two cookies to establish a session. If either of these two cookies is absent, further activity by the user initiates the start of a new session.


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6 months

When visitors reach the site via a search engine result, a direct link, or an ad that links to the page, Google Analytics stores the type of referral information in a cookie. The parameters in the cookie value string are parsed and sent in the GIF Request (in the utmcc variable). The expiration date for the cookie is set as 6 months into the future. This cookie gets updated with each subsequent page view to the site; thus it is used to determine visitor navigation within the site.

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE 240 days You use YouTube to embed a selection of videos on your website. The embedded videos do not set cookies themselves and can be played with no cookies set. However, if the ‘Share’ button is clicked YouTube will set these two cookies. The VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie attempts to estimate your bandwidth and the use_hitbox cookie increments the ‘views’ counter on the YouTube video. The PREF cookie holds preferences such as the volume of the video.These cookies don’t gather information that identifies a user. See http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en-GB/policies/ for more information on Google’s privacy policy.
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PREF 2 years
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PREF 2 years These cookies are used by Google Maps to provide interactive mapping data on the location of the head office. See http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en-GB/policies/ for more information on Google’s privacy policy.
SNID 6 months


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