Use of cookies on

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

In order to comply with the EU Cookie Directive we need to tell you what cookies we use and why we use them. This only applies to cookies that are not intrinsic to the functioning of the website. So, for example, if this were an e-commerce site, which used cookies to hold your shopping cart information, we would not be obliged to notify you about those cookies.

Here is a summary of the cookies we use and why...

Google analytics cookies

Cookie: Data: Purpose: Expires:
__utma Random string Google analytics 2 years
__utmb Random string Google analytics 30 minutes
__utmc Random string Google analytics Deleted when browser is closed
__utmz Random string and source information Google analytics 6 months

These Google analytics cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile meaningful reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, track links taken to our website from other websites (where visitors have come from to our site) the number of times they visit particular pages, view different products and other pages they visit. However, Google Analytics cookies do not collect personal data about you as a visitor to our website.

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, including an overview of privacy at Google or to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites you visit please refer to the Google Code website.


Cookie: Data: Purpose: Expires:
SESS*random characters* Random string and session ID Drupal session cookie 23 days

Drupal is the open source platform and content management system on which the product catalogue is built. This Drupal cookie is used to check to see if a user of the website is currently logged in or not.

For more information, visit the Drupal website.

Use of Flash files

Across we make use of Flash files. These present information such as the products in our value range catalogue, animated graphics and can offer you a much richer online experience. Flash files can however store cookie-like data on your computer, known as "Local Shared Objects".

Currently technology is limited in its ability to review the 'inner workings' of Flash files. We have strived to identify any Flash elements that are likely to set cookies but, at this point in time, we cannot guarantee the status of every Flash file.

Adobe offers a tool to monitor, opt out and remove 'Flash cookies' which is available here. This tool allows the user to manage, and disable Local Shared Objects. The user can also change any of their flash preferences in the Global Storage Settings Panel.

Further reading and more Information about cookies

Useful information about cookies can be found at:

Internet Advertising Bureau

A guide to behavioral advertising and online privacy has been produced by the internet advertising industry. This can be found at:

International Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom

Information on the ICC (UK) UK cookie guide can be found on the ICC website section:

Click to read our cookie policy