What are browser cookies?

They are very small text files that are created by a website through a browser on your computer. They are used to help you navigate a website, identify preferences and perform specific functions, for example, you input a room’s dimensions into a text box on a website and the website then automatically calculates the materials required for each product page that you visit on that website.

Most websites these days use cookies to enhance the usability of the site and to make navigating a website easier and more intuitive, so disabling cookies may prevent you from using certain websites, or from using certain functions within a website.

When you use a browser to load a website that uses cookies, if the browser settings enable the use of cookies, it will allow the website to send a small text file, or cookie, to your computer’s hard drive. When you visit subsequent pages on the website it may use the information inside the cookie to provide certain functionality. When you revisit the website it may again request that cookie to further assist functionality within that website e.g. automatically remember the product you last looked at.

How we use Browser Cookies

We use cookies on this website for the following purposes:
Anonymously tracking page visits, hits, search terms, visitor locations etc. for statistical purposes, which help us to improve our services. We use Google Analytics to provide us with information about use of the website, examples of this statistical information would be how many visitors from United Kingdom we have had, how many visitors used Internet Explorer as a browser, how many pages were visited today, what words visitors search for to find our website etc.
Improving security on the website to prevent fraudulent activity and protect your personal information
Identifying visitors for login purposes. This ensure that you stay logged in on each page you visit, allows your browser to remember your login credentials, allows us to make recommendations based on your preferences or settings
Storing an anonymous reference to your shopping basket
Storing an anonymous reference to information you enter into the website e.g. to track popular search terms

Cookie control via your browser

If you want to control the use of cookies via your browser then we recommend that you use the help menu within the browser of your choice. Obviously there are many browsers available on a variety of devices, so it is difficult to provide you with precise instructions, but if you seek out the help menu and search for ‘cookie’ you should find the appropriate guidance for your browser.

Related Information

If you are looking for our website terms and conditions or for details of our privacy policy please see our Terms & Privacy page.

Remarketing Policy

We use third-party vendors, including first-party cookies (Google Analytics cookie) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) together to inform, optimise, and serve ads based on your past visits to our website. These cookies do not store any personal or confidential information. They track information such as duration of visit, pages visited and search terms used.

The third party vendor (Google) is able to display these adverts across the web using selected partners who support Google AdSense functionality.

Using this method, we use cookies to display adverts based on the categories and pages visited in order to inform you of the most up to date courses, deals and promotions.

If you wish to opt out of this service, you can do so by visiting the Ads Preferences Manager.