The following information describes the cookies we use on this site and what we use them for. By continuing to use this site we will assume
that you are happy with the use of all cookies. If you are not happy, then please refer to the information below on opting out of cookies.
which analyses issues such as the level of site usage, how our users arrive at our site, what users do on our site and what operating systems and browsers our users are
operating. However, please note that data created through the use of web analytics is not connected to any of your personally identifiable information.
What is a cookie?
Cookies are small text files that are sent by websites that you visit to recognise who you are when you return there.
There files are stored on your computer’s hard drive, and are read by your web browser.
How are cookies used?
Cookies perform several functions, such as remembering who you are on a particular site (your welcome message), to keeping you signed in to your account screen on an ecommerce site
In short, cookies are a way of providing statistics on site visits as well as some limited functionality that makes your site visit easier. When used properly cookies are an asset to a site
visitor and a site owner. They are not viruses, but some unscrupulous outfits will use them maliciously – we follow best practice for cookie use.
There are a number of options available so that you do not have to store any cookies at all. You can either set your browser so that it will not accept and store any cookie, or if you have a
little more time and knowledge you are able to allow only certain ‘trusted’ sites to store cookies on your computer. These sites may include this site, the site where you carry out your
online banking, or possibly your favourite news service. It’s worth bearing in mind that if you decide to delete all of your cookies, then you will likely have to re-enter all of your usernames and
passwords on all of the sites that you visit, which you previously didn’t even have to think about. As mentioned before, cookies can be a real asset to your web surfing experience.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (http://www.ico.gov.uk/) provides some advice about cookies and their use, it also provides a link to ‘About cookies’ (www.aboutcookies.org) which
is run by the law firm Pinsent Masons. This website provides even more information about cookies, it also details how you might delete any cookies that you find and it shows you how to allow
those trusted sites to store their cookies on your computer.
and do not store any details relating to you or your credit cards. They are used to record the areas of the site that you have visited and for how long, which provides us with useful
You may also see Smart-Elements adverts and content on other websites. For these adverts, our third party providers may use software that can set a cookie to your browser,
this will enable us to monitor whether you see the adverts, click on them and buy from our website. Cookies are placed on your computer if your browser is set to allow these.
If you wish to ‘turn off’ cookies, then please check your browser’s help files for guidance on how to do so. The Help section is usually found in the Menu bar at the top of the browser.
Some browsers provide help if the F1 key is pressed. However, you may lose some of the functionality of this website.