Where does the name originate?

Initially developed in 1995, Cookies have been used since the start of the web as we know it. The origin of the word comes from ‘magic cookie’ – technical jargon for information shared between several pieces of software.

The term may also be linked to the tradition of offering and sharing edible cookies in America.

What is a cookie?

A cookie consists of a basic text file with anonymous information that includes a unique user identification and website name.

A cookie may be placed on your computer when you visit a website, and each individual website can only view only the cookies it has stored on your computer.

Why use Cookies?

The use of cookies offers an improved online experience by storing your data anonymously. This can take the form of either a ‘session cookie’ that remembers you for a single visit or a ‘persistent cookie’ for multiple visits.

Certain types of cookies are necessary for a website to function effectively. These are called’ essential’ cookies, while those that optimise a website are termed ‘non-essential’ cookies.

What do Cookies do?

A cookie allows easy navigation between pages on a website by learning your preferences. Many cookies are also used to display advertising content more relevant to you, based on website activity and approximate location.

When cookies are not used a website will view you as a new visitor each time you visit. This can slow down your online experience, leading to issues such as your login details being requested repeatedly, and items added to your basket being lost.

Cookies provided by a website you view are termed ‘first party’ cookies, while cookies from sites displaying content on another website are known as ‘third party’ cookies.

Our Cookies do not threaten your privacy. Click here for more info on Cookies

What type of Cookie do we use?

Essential Cookies

These cookies do not track your internet browsing. They are needed to allow full access to the website and its vital features, such as secure checkouts or remembering items in your shopping basket

Performance Cookies

We use performance cookies to improve how the website functions. These allow us to better understand customer behaviour online, and enable us to optimise your browsing experience through anonymous statistical data. This includes figures such as the most visited website pages, and also allows errors to be identified.

Functional Cookies

To offer you a more tailored online experience, these cookies allow the website to learn your preferences for areas where customisation is available, speeding up your browsing. Functionality cookie data may be anonymous and will only track browsing activity on our website.

Targeting or behavioural Cookies

These cookies enable contents to be displayed that are more relevant to you and your interests, and control the number of times you will see these. They record your visit to the website, and may share this information with multiple organisations, however this information will not allow you to be identified personally.

Name Type Description
OptanonAlertBoxClosed Strictly necessary This cookie is set by websites using certain versions of the cookie law compliance solution from OneTrust.  It is set after visitors have seen a cookie information notice and in some cases only when they actively close the notice down.  It enables the website not to show the message more than once to a user.  The cookie has a one year lifespan and contains no personal information.
OptanonConsent Strictly necessary This cookie is set by the cookie compliance solution from OneTrust. It stores information about the categories of cookies the site uses and whether visitors have given or withdrawn consent for the use of each category. This enables site owners to prevent cookies in each category from being set in the users browser, when consent is not given. The cookie has a normal lifespan of one year, so that returning visitors to the site will have their preferences remembered. It contains no information that can identify the site visitor.
__cfduid 3rd party
Strictly necessary
This domain is owned by OneTrust, a privacy management software which helps organizations achieve compliance with global regulations.
__cfduid 3rd Party
Strictly necessary
This domain is owned by OneTrust, a privacy management software which helps organizations achieve compliance with global regulations.
_gat Performance This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.
_gid Performance This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google.  It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited.
_ga Performance This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics – which is a significant update to Google’s more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.  By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.
ga-disable-UA-55721550-1 Performance This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics – which is a significant update to Google’s more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.
_ga Performance This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics – which is a significant update to Google’s more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.  By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.
pll_language Functional This cookie name is associated with the Polylang plug-in for WordPress powered websites. it stores a language preference for the visitor to support multi-lingual websites. When set as a persistent cookie, or with the default lifespan of 1 year, it has to e considered Functional rather than strictly necessary.
pll_language Functional This cookie name is associated with the Polylang plug-in for WordPress powered websites. it stores a language preference for the visitor to support multi-lingual websites. When set as a persistent cookie, or with the default lifespan of 1 year, it has to e considered Functional rather than strictly necessary.

How Do I Control & Manage My Cookie Settings?

Most modern internet browsers offer a number of options for controlling cookies. Settings can be changed to accept, reject all, or block selected cookies. You can also change your browser settings to notify you whenever a cookie is offered. Information on how to do this for popular web browsers can be found here

The majority of cookies are easy to delete. Simply select your browser here and follow the instructions

Please be aware: Your shopping or browsing experience could be seriously compromised by blocking or deleting cookies

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