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Cookie Policy

Sharkey: Cookie policy

1 Information about our use of cookies

1.1 This policy explains how we use cookies on this website (this “Website”). We use cookies to enable you to navigate between pages and to generally improve your user experience and to analyse how users interact with this Website. We recommend that you read our cookies policy so that you are aware of how we use them and can take steps to reject or delete the cookies if you do not agree to them being used.

1.2 Cookies are small text files stored on your device and used by website operators in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the operators of the website or certain third parties. Each cookie usually contains a unique string of characters, which allows a website to distinguish your device from other users.

1.3 We may combine information collected via cookies with information such as your IP address, the type of browser, device and operating system, for example to provide statistical information about visitors to this Website. Where this Website uses third parties cookies, you should check with the relevant third party to see how they use cookies (see section 2 below).

1.4 In this cookies policy, we use the term “cookie” to mean a cookie and any other similar technology, such as web beacons, local stored objects (“Flash cookies”), and pixel tags.

1.5 You can find out more about cookies at The user instructions for your browser or device will explain how you can control the use of cookies on your device.

2 Cookies we use

We use the following cookies:

2.1 Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.

Cookie: bid_1_password_protected_auth
Purpose: Codified session key for authorised users of the website login sections.
Expiration: When the browsing session ends.

Cookie: wordpress_test_cookie
Purpose: Tests whether or not the browser has cookies enabled in WordPress.
Expiration: When the browsing session ends.

2.2 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.

Cookie: __utma
Purpose:  Google analytics cookie used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
Expiration: 2 years from set/update.

Cookie: __utmb
Purpose:  Google analytics cookie used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
Expiration: 30 mins from site/update time.

Cookie: __utmc 
Purpose: Google analytics cookie. Operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user is in a new session/visit.
Expiration: End of browser session

Cookie: __utmt 
Purpose: Google analytics cookie used to throttle request rate. 
Expiration: 10 minutes.

Cookie: __utmz
Purpose: Google analytics cookie referral data: used to identify where the user came from. Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached the website. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
Expiration: 2 years from set/update.

Google Analytics is a website analytics tool provided by Google. Data collected by the Google Analytics cookies is shared with Google and used by Google in accordance with the Google Privacy Policy. You can find out more about Google Analytics, and what to do if you do not want Google Analytics to be used in your browser, on the Google website.

3 Rejecting cookies

3.1 If you wish to use the Site, but do not consent to the use of cookies (or certain cookies), you can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser or device 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.

3.2 Depending on which browser you use, you may also be able to install a Google Analytics browser add-on if you wish to prevent your data from being used by Google Analytics.

4 Changes to this policy

4.1 This cookies policy may be amended by us at any time. Please check this page periodically so that you are aware of any changes.

5 Contact us

5.1 For further information from us on any of this cookies policy or for any queries relating to them, please contact us by completing our enquiry form  or call us on 0131 653 2888 or write to us at Newhailes Road, Edinburgh, EH21 6SY.

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Edinburgh office

+44 (0)131 653 2888

Newhailes Road
EH21 6SY

London office

+44 (0)20 7600 5334

15 Basinghall Street

Manchester office

+44 (0)161 209 3769

16 Oxford Street
M1 5AN

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