our use of cookies

What cookies are...

Almost all websites use cookies in some way or another and they are incredibly useful, allowing websites to work in the way we have all come to expect, with personalisation and rich interactive functionality. Akin to a short term memory for the web, cookies are small text files which are stored on your computer, phone or tablet and enable a website to "remember" information about your browsing or shopping visits.

Why we use them...

Cookies make the interaction between your device and websites faster and easier and some are essential if you wish to make a purchase, for instance by enabling products in your basket to be remembered whilst you browse a site and complete your order. Others allow websites to remember your user preferences, registration details or basket contents for a future visit. Our website uses cookies of these types.

Why we allow other sites to place cookies...

Cookies are used to provide helpful tracking information such as the numbers of visitors to our site, what device and browser they are using, how they reached us (e.g. via a search engine, via an ad, via social media etc), the pages that have been visited, the average time spent on the website and so on. We monitor this information through Google Analytics. All this information is anonymous so we know someone visited our site but not who.

Like many retailers, by tracking your browsing and actions on our website, cookies also help us with marketing. For example, they allow for you to be shown relevant adverts such as products you have shown an interest in or related items (known as behavioural marketing), be sent a newsletter featuring offers you may like or share your finds with others by using social media buttons such as "like", "pin" or "share". In our case this is currently in conjunction with (but may expand to include others) Google and Facebook for advertising, Mailchimp for newsletters and a number of social networks for sharing.

For all these functions to work, we embed code that is provided by the network concerned.

Don't want cookies?

If you wish to disable cookies you can do so by changing the settings of your internet browser, but this will affect the functions and usability of our website and your experience of it.

Want more info?

You can find out more about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org

You can make choices about behavioural advertising on www.aboutads.info/choices

You might also want to take a look at our Privacy Policy