EU E-Privacy Directive 2009/136/EC states that, whilst websites are allowed to use cookies, it must be made clear to visitors to a site that cookies are being used. Although cookies are only a small part of this directive, a message or warning must be displayed so that the visitor is aware of them.

At the bottom of our website we have displayed a message to warn you that our website makes use of cookies and that one has already been set. By displaying this message we are providing you with the information you require about our use of cookies, and presenting you with the option to stop use of our website. This message will be displayed until such time as you agree to close the cookie notification message by clicking on the button.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small amount of data, often including a unique identifier, sent to the browser of your computer or mobile device (referred to here as a "device") from a website's computer. It is stored on your device's hard drive or flash memory. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser's preferences allow it. To protect your privacy, your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, and not the cookies sent to you by other websites. Many websites do this whenever a user visits them to track online traffic flows.

Our cookies record information about your online preferences so we can tailor the site to your interests. You can set your device’s preferences to accept all cookies, notify you when a cookie is issued, or not receive cookies at all. Selecting the last option means you will not receive certain personalised features, which may result in you being unable to take full advantage of all the website's features. Each browser is different, so please check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.

During the course of any visit to our website, every page you see, along with a cookie, is downloaded to your device. Many websites do this because cookies enable website publishers to do useful things like find out whether your device (and probably you) has visited the website before. On a repeat visit this is done by the website’s computer checking to see, and finding, the cookie left there on the last visit.

How do we use cookies?

Information supplied by cookies can help us analyse the profile of our visitors, which helps us provide you with a better user experience. Despite this being de facto practice on nearly every website that you use personally and professionally, the Directive 2009/136/EC is designed to highlight that fact to benefit public understanding and online transparency. 

Third party websites - their cookies and content

Please note that during your visits to our website you may notice some cookies which are unrelated to us. When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, CNBC or BBC News, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the third party websites for more information about these.  These sites may have their own terms and conditions and policies. Your use of any other website is subject to the terms and conditions and policies for that other website. 

Please also note that linking to third party internet content or data is normal practice in the provision of online information and we disclaim any responsibility for the content, marketing or services provided by or referred to by other websites. 

Cookies used on our site

We only use cookies to help us continuously improve our website and maintain a relevant browsing experience for our visitors. Examples include cookies used for Google Analytics, Statcounter or other visitor statistics platforms to track how many people have visited the different parts of our website, what type of technology they are using (to identify when our site is not working as it should for particular technologies) and how long they spend on the site. We also make use of session cookies, another standard cookie used to remember user preferences, such as font size, and saves you logging in every time you visit. 

How to delete cookies or control them

This site will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block cookies set by this or any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how. You can use search engines for further guidance. 

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this for a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to clear cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on your mobile device's browser, you may need to refer to your manual.