A cookie is a small text file which is placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit many websites.

Most cookies are created to enable features on the website to work properly or to provide the site owner of the website with anonymous information about how the site is used so that they can make improvements to the user experience. Cookies such as this are known as 1st party cookies.

Cookies that relate to advertising are known as 3rd party cookies. Typically used by advertisers, this type of cookie sees which websites you have visited and then displays targeted adverts that are more relevant to you.

How we use cookies

Our website uses a 1st party cookie to find out how people are using our website and to make some features of the website work for you. This information is anonymous and cannot be linked to one individual. We use this information to enable us to continually make improvements to our website to make the user experience better.

We use the following types of cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

Below are details of the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them.

Name Domain Purpose
Google
Analytics
ihm.co.uk Used to track visitors
Collect information about how visitors use oursite. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve thesite. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including thenumber of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from andthe pages they visited.
PHPSESSID www.ihm.co.uk Maintains user state across page requests and website. This is required for the website to function correctly.
__utma ihm.co.uk This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. This cookie lasts for 2 years by default and distinguishes between users and sessions. It it used to calculate new and returning visitor statistics. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. The lifespan of the cookie can be customised by website owners.
__utmb ihm.co.uk This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. This cookie determines new sessions and visits and expires after 30 minutes. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Any activity by a user within the 30 minute life span will count as a single visit, even if the user leaves and then returns to the site. A return after 30 minutes will count as a new visit, but a returning visitor.
__utmc ihm.co.uk This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. It is not used in most sites but is set to enable interoperability with the older version of Google Analytics code known as Urchin. In this older versions this was used in combination with the __utmb cookie to identify new sessions/visits for returning visitors. When used by Google Analytics this is always a Session cookie which is destroyed when the user closes their browser. Where it is seen as a Persistent cookie it is therefore likely to be a different technology setting the cookie.
__utmt ihm.co.uk This cookie is set by Google Analytics. According to their documentation it is used to throttle the request rate for the service - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes
__utmz ihm.co.uk This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour measure of site performance. This cookie identifies the source of traffic to the site - so Google Analytics can tell site owners where visitors came from when arriving on the site. The cookie has a life span of 6 months and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
AddThis addthis.com Used to track visitors
Features for sharing via social media (Facebook, Twitter etc). AddThis track visitors who use any of their features.
AddThis www.ihm.co.uk Used to track visitors
Features for sharing via social media (Facebook, Twitter etc). AddThis track visitors who use any of their features.
Google+ google.com Used to track visitors
Features for sharing via Google+. Does not set a cookie by itself, but if one is present it will read it.
Twitter facebook.com Used to track visitors
Features for sharing via Twitter, and viewing
tweets by other people.
loc addthis.com This cookie is used for the Addthis share buttons on the website that allow users to share web pages on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Google+
__atuvs www.ihm.co.uk This cookie is associated with the AddThis social sharing widget which is commonly embedded in websites to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms. This is believed to be a new cookie from AddThis which is not yet documented, but has been categorised on the assumption it serves a similar purpose to other cookies set by the service.
di2 addthis.com This cookie is used for the Addthis share buttons on the website that allow users to share web pages on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Google+
vc addthis.com This cookie is used for the Addthis share buttons on the website that allow users to share web pages on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Google+
DoubleClick doubleclick.net DoubleClick uses cookies to improve advertising. Some common applications are to target advertising based on what’s relevant to a user, to improve reporting on campaign performance, and to avoid showing ads the user has already seen.
ac_enable_tracking www.ihm.co.uk This cookie used by Active Campaign and is set to confirm that tracking has been enabled for the website. Tracking is used to create reports of our web traffic and improve the user experience of the website.

We do not use any other type of cookie.

What we do not do:

  • Store or remember any personally identifiable information
  • Send information to any other websites
  • Record your visit for advertising purposes

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website.

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.



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