Cookie Policy...

1. What is a cookie?

A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

2. Functional cookies

We use a single cookie, “js-cookie”, to identify you when you visit our website, keep you logged in as you navigate our website, and store temporary information. The cookie will expire after 30 days. This functional cookie does not identify any individual, and is required for the correct operation of our website.

3. Performance cookies

These cookies are used to analyse trends, administer the website, track visitor movements and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve our websites. These cookies are not linked to personally identifiable information.

4. Targeting & advertising cookies

The social media sharing functionality on certain web pages is provided by the third party AddThis. As you navigate these pages or if you use the sharing buttons, AddThis will automatically set cookies. We have no control over the cookies that AddThis uses. You can opt out of these cookies at

5. Site re-targeting

We use site retargeting to display advertising to people who have previously visited our website. Our webpages include a third-party pixel which sets a cookie in your browser. That cookie allows us to target you with advertising elsewhere on the internet.

6. How to manage cookies

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:

Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites. If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.

7. Links from our website

Our website contains links to and from websites operated by individuals and companies over which we have no direct control. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy and terms of use policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. We advise you to check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

The website uses cookies [information stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive] to improve navigation.

8. Changes to our Cookies Notice

Any changes we may make to our Cookies Notice in the future will be posted on our website. Please check from time to time to ensure that you are aware of any changes to our Cookies Notice.

If you have any reason to believe that Birtley House has not dealt correctly with your information, please contact our Information Governance (IG) LeadTim Whalley. If you are still not satisfied, you should contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.