Cookies used on our website

We use both session and persistent cookies on our websites and if you use this site we will send to you the following cookies:

First party cookies

Session cookies

Session cookies allow users to be recognised within a website such the pages they visit within that session. A session cookie only lasts for the duration of users using the website.

Name Description Expiration
PHPSESSID, ASP.NET_SessionId, JSESSIONID, ASP.NET_SessionId, .ASPXFORMSAUTH, osCsid, RoleId We use session cookies to include code such as the AddThis social media functionality on our news articles and to process forms PHP session (PHPSESSID) is destroyed when the browser is closed (End of user session)

All these are Category 1 cookies.

Cookies set by third party sites

Google Analytics cookies

We use Google Analytics to understand how visitors interact with our website, such as how they found us, how long is spent viewing pages, and what time of day they visited us on. This allows us to improve the visitors’ experience on our websites and to track our marketing efforts.

The purpose of each cookie is explained below:

Name Description Expiration
__utma This cookie is used to determine you as a unique visitor to our website and it is updated with each page view. It contains a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to help data validity. 2 years
__utmb This cookie is used to establish and continue a session on our website. Each time a new page is visited, it is updated to expire in 30 minutes (thus continuing your session). 30 minutes
__utmc This cookie is used in conjunction with __utmb to establish and continue a session. Should you choose to close your web browser, this cookie expires – ending your session on our website. End of user session
__utmv Should we choose to group distinct sets of people, we use this cookie to label visitors that allows us to examine the behaviour of each group in isolation. No personally identifiable information is stored. 2 years
__utmz This cookie allows us to track the type of referral that you used to reach our website and the performance it brings to our website. This includes search keyword, a specific marketing campaign and direct traffic. 6 months

All these are Category 2 cookies.

Note: The expiration length of each cookie is from the time it was last updated on.

For more information on the use of Google cookies visit

Google +1

Name Description Expiration
APISID, HSID, NID, PREF, S, SAPISID, SID, SSID, BEAT, ULS Session cookies that allow Google +1 to recognize users to provide them with a customized shopping experience 5 years

All these are Category 1 & 2 cookies.

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We offer visitors to some of our websites the opportunity to communicate with our customer service team through Live Chat software provided by Velaro.

Name Description Expiration
velaro8052 Stores current SiteID and Last Chat Date/Time 3 years
velaront8052 Determines the first time today that the visitor has visited the site End of Day
velarovid8052 Determine if visitor is a return user Doesn’t expire
velarosession, velarosession_8052 Visitor session ID End of user session
ASP.NET_SessionID Control Panel Authentication ID End of user session
velaroret8052 Stores visitor’s total amount of return visits Doesn’t expire
vkeywords Stores any keywords sent from Search Engines when navigating to website End of user session

All these are Category 2 cookies.

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Crazy Egg

Some of our sites use Crazy Egg to collect information about how people use the website, for example which lniks they click on.

Name Description Expiration
is_returning Check if you been to the site before 5 years

This is a Category 2 cookie.

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Name Description Expiration
guest_id, twll, activity_modal_dismissed These cookies are used when integrating twitter feeds into our site's pages and to allow the sharing of content. End of user session

These are Category 1, 2 & 3 cookies.

For more details visit the Twitter privacy page at


Name Description Expiration
lu, datr These are persistent cookies. The datr cookie helps facebook identify suspicious login activity and keeps users safe. The lu cookie is set the first time a browser visits and is used to pre-fill the users email address in the login form.

These are Category 1 & 2 cookies.

Read more about Facebook’s usage of cookies and their Privacy Policy here: and

Wordpress Blogs

Name Description Expiration
comment_author_email, comment_author_url, comment_author WordPress uses cookies, or tiny pieces of information stored on your computer, to verify who you are. There are cookies for logged in users and for commenters. Range from end of session to 2 years.

These are Category 1 & 3 cookies.

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We use jquery cookies on our Blogs which are used for functionality purposes only.

Name Description Expiration
ui-tabs-1 , ui-tabs-2 Used for functionality purposes only, such as what tabs you have been shown etc. Range from end of session to 1 year

These are Category 1 cookies.


Our websites embed video content from YouTube. As a result, when you visit one of these pages you may be presented with cookies from YouTube which we do not control.

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We allow visitors to our website to share content such as news articles via their Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts through a service called AddThis. When this is used AddThis assign a cookie to the visitors’ web browser. AddThis do not install any tracking software onto our visitor machines.

These are Category 1 cookies.

For more details visit the AddThis support page at

Note: The expiration length of each cookie is from the time it was last updated.