Cookies And How They Benefit You

Our main website ( does NOT use cookies. However, our subsites do, and each have their own individual cookies policies. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites.

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

Our own cookies

We do not use ANY cookies to make our website ( work.

Social Website Cookies

So you can easily “Like” or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site. However, we have used configuration options to prevent them using cookies. If one does leak through, please let us know straight away so we can rectify it.

We use:

  • AddThis
    • Allows our users to share content from our sites with their friends and contacts through a social networking and bookmarking sites. We have set the configuration of our site to prevent AddThis placing cookies.
    • Despite the fact that we prevent AddThis from setting cookies, other sites might let them through. You can easily stop AddThis from collecting any information about you for online behavioral advertising by opting out. This will prevent advertisers from receiving any data that could be used to tailor advertising for you. This will also prevent websites that use AddThis from learning about your interests in order to personalize their content or services for you.

Advertising Cookies

We do not use advertising cookies on our site.

Banner Adverts

We fund our site by showing adverts as you browse our site. These adverts are usually managed by a partner specialising in providing adverts for multiple sites. Invariably these partners can sometimes place cookies to collect anonymous data about the websites you visits so they can personalise the adverts to you, ensure that you don't see the same adverts too frequently and ultimately report to advertisers on which adverts are working. Our partners include:

  • Amazon Associates - no Amazon cookies are placed via this site and will only be used once you click on a relevant product link and are taken to the website. See the Amazon Advertising Preferences page.

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of a large proportion of the world's websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.

It may be that you have concerns around cookies related to so called "spyware". Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.

The cookie information text on this site was derived from content provided by Attacat Internet Marketing, a marketing agency based in Edinburgh. If you need similar information for your own website you can use their free cookie audit tool.