Cookies


What are cookies

A cookie is a text file containing a small amount of data which is downloaded to your computer when you visit a website. The vast majority of websites use cookies and tracking technologies. Cookies are useful because they help us arrange the content and layout of our websites and recognise those computers that have been to our websites before. They allow us to remember your preference settings and play an important role in helping us to enhance the usability and performance of our websites and your experience using them. Some cookies are also essential to enable you to move around our website and use its features.

How to manage cookies

If you don’t want us to place cookies on your computer then there are a number of ways you can opt out - setting your browser either to reject all cookies, to only allow "trusted" sites to set them, or to accept only those cookies from those websites which you are currently on.

Please remember - if you do delete all your cookies, some features of our website, such as remembering your login details, shopping carts etc will not work and your experience on our website may be affected.

Essential cookies

Necessary in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features. In a nutshell, these cookies enable state between requests to allow you to perform actions such as sign in, purchasing etc.

CookiePurposeDuration
AffinityThis is essential for the website to operate and is set upon your arrival.Session cookie
SessionThis is essential for the website to operate and is set upon your arrival.Session cookie
CookiesThis is essential for the website to operate and is set upon your arrival.Permanent cookie - expires after 1 year.

Advertising Cookies

It may help you see fewer adverts - if you're seeing the same one repeatedly as this is used to help improve the advertisements we present you

CookiePurposeDuration
r1This is a tracking cookie that appears to keep an eye on how many times you've seen a particular advert. Optional permanent cookie - if set, expires after 90 days.
__utmaThis Cookie is used to identify unique visitors to our sites. The results are sent to our a1webstats.com account so that we may see how many unique visitors come to this site based over a period of time.Permanent cookie - expires after 2 years.
__utmbThis cookie is used by a1webstats.com to determine the visitor session times on our sites. Each time you visit a new page on the site the cookie is set to expire within 30 minutes, if it does not find an existing cookie, a new one is created.Permanent cookie - expires after 30 minutes.
__utmcThis cookie is used by a1webstats.com in conjunction with __utmb to determine visitor sessions. Unlike __utmb this cookie does not have an expiry date, it determines whether a new session should be created based on whether you have previously closed your browser, re-opened it and come back to the site.Session cookie
__utmzThis cookie is used by a1webstats.com to determine the type of referral used by each visitor to arrive at our site. The cookie determines if the user has come directly to the site or via a search engine, email or email campaign. We use this data to understand how our users arrive at the website.Permanent cookie - expires after 6 months.

We use analytical cookies for internal purposes to help us provide a better user experience by understanding how users navigate the website.

CookiePurposeDuration
__utmaThis Cookie is used to identify unique visitors to our sites. The results are sent to our Google Analytics account so that we may see how many unique visitors come to this site based over a period of time.Permanent cookie - expires after 2 years.
__utmbThis cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the visitor session times on our sites. Each time you visit a new page on the site the cookie is set to expire within 30 minutes, if it does not find an existing cookie, a new one is created.Permanent cookie - expires after 30 minutes.
__utmcThis cookie is used by Google Analytics in conjunction with __utmb to determine visitor sessions. Unlike __utmb this cookie does not have an expiry date, it determines whether a new session should be created based on whether you have previously closed your browser, re-opened it and come back to the site.Session cookie
__utmzThis cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the type of referral used by each visitor to arrive at our site. The cookie determines if the user has come directly to the site or via a search engine, email or email campaign. We use this data to understand how our users arrive at the website.Permanent cookie - expires after 6 months.