Your privacy

You can visit our website without telling us who you are or revealing any information about yourself. However, if you give us any personal information about yourself or others, we are committed to protecting your privacy.

When we ask you for personal information online it will only be in response to you actively applying for or using one of our services.

We may use personal information you provide for the purpose of communicating with you and for providing content relevant to you.

Your use of the site indicates your consent and acknowledgement to the practices described in this Statement.

Cookies - what are they?

A cookie is a string of information, typically of letters and numbers, that a website downloads on to a device (computer, tablet, mobile phone, internet enabled TV, etc.) when the user accesses certain websites so that the website can remember who you are. A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come, the "lifetime" of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number. A cookie itself does not contain or collect information. However, when it is read by a web server it can help a website deliver a more user-friendly service.

The website server which sends the cookie uses this number to recognise you when you return to a site or browse from page to page. Only the server that sent a cookie can read, and therefore use, that cookie. Cookies are important in order for the internet to be customised and individual for you.

When you visit our Site we may send you a cookie. Cookies may be used in the following ways:

Two types of cookies may be used on our Site, session cookies, which are temporary cookies that remain on your device until you close down your browser, and persistent cookies, which remain on your device for much longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie, for example, for just an hour or for two years).

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. However, you may not be able to use all the interactive features of our Site if cookies are disabled.

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit Alternatively, you can search the internet for other independent information on cookies.

What functions do our cookies perform?

Specifically, what do our cookies do?

We use cookies (and other similar technologies) to:

If you delete cookies relating to this website we will not remember things about you, including your cookie preferences, and you will be treated as a first-time visitor the next time you visit the site.

Cookies - set by following a link

If you visit another website using a link on our site, please be aware that the other website may put cookies on your computer or device, for which we are not responsible in anyway.

Cookies - what you can do

Through your browser setting you can control whether to receive any cookies, or to delete the cookies when you close the browser, or to keep the cookie for a longer period. In any case, you can generally delete cookies anytime you want by using functionalities built into your device or browser.

Some browsers will let you block some or all cookies. For example you can block third party cookies (a cookie placed on your browser by a third party - for example, a company that sells advertising on a website’s behalf - other than that particular website owner) or will allow the use of settings to block only cookies that do not meet your privacy preferences. You can choose to disable all cookies but this could significantly affect your web browsing experience if you use services that rely on cookies.

Do we track whether you open our emails?

In a word “No.”

There is a technology that uses a single “web beacon pixel” in an email which can verify whether you opened the email, and it can do much more besides. It relies on emails opened in HTML format to work. The pixel gets deleted when you delete the email. If a person does not wish the pixel to be downloaded to their device, they should read the email as plain text rather than HTML. We do not use this technology for this purpose, though we have the option to use it for web analytics - anonymously, of course. Third-parties that we may include on our website, may employ this technology.

Other threats to your privacy

There are other sophisticated technologies that can be employed which could put your privacy at risk. We do not have control over these technologies, nor do we employ them on our website. Here are some examples:

This webpage was last updated on 2 January, 2015.