What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that is sent by a website server to your browser and stored on your computer. Cookies allow website operators to accumulate useful information, such as whether the computer (or its user) has visited the site before. Cookies are needed for a number of functions which make websites work, or work more efficiently, and they can provide information to website owners about how you use their website.
We use both persistent cookies (which expire on a specified date) and session cookies (which expire when you close your browser). The cookies used on this site have been categorised based on definitions given in the ICC UK Cookie Guide. We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.
- Analytical/performance cookies. These allow us to recognise and count our website’s visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. We use Google Analytics performance cookies to provide anonymous statistics on how our site is used. Some of our performance cookies may be managed by third parties.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region – or your cookies and marketing preferences).
Configuring your cookie settings
You can configure cookie settings in your web browser. You can find out more about how to do this at the following links:
What cookies do we use?
We use first party cookies for Google Analytics (likely to be called _ga, _gat and _gid).
You may also see third party cookies placed by twitter.com (likely to be called personalization_id, guest_id and lang) – these are necessary for the Twitter plugins on the website and only serve to load your preferences where you’re logged in to Twitter.
Further information about cookies
There’s a lot of good information about cookies available online. For more information about cookies generally visit allaboutcookies.org.
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55 King Street
Manchester M2 4LQ
0161 836 8800