Privacy and Cookies

Information about our use of cookies

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.

We use the following 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.
  • 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 and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of Country) and to prevent spam in forms.
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. This information is used to make websites and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests and also to share information with third parties for this purpose. We do not use any targeting cookies on our website.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie Cookie Name and Type Default Expiration Type Description Google Analytics (GA) Cookies _ga 2 years Used to distinguish users

Google Analytics (GA) Cookies

_gat_imperial 10 minutes Used to throttle request rate
Google Analytics (GA) Cookies
opt_out 1 year Blocks the Google Analytics code from being embedded on the page.

Google Analytics (GA) Cookies

Analytical/performance cookies   External and services are required for the websites. These two services do set own GA cookies too.
Service cookies spamshield 
Functionality cookies
  For preventing spam in forms (e.g. contact form, job application form)

Apache Server NA NA Collecting IP addresses of visitors.
Service cookies for website functions suppliertoken
Strictly necessary cookies
Session Session-related parameters which are necessary for registered website user accounts.

You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies or choosing the ‘Opt Out’ Method provided. 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 site.

Except for essential cookies, all cookies will expire as noted in the table above under Default Expiration Time.