A cookie is a small text file which is placed onto your computer (or other electronic device) when you access our website. Cookies are widely used to make websites work and to improve their efficiency, as well as to provide website usage information to the website owner.

We use cookies to distinguish you from other users to help us to improve your experience when you browse our website. For example, they allow you to navigate between pages efficiently and may allow you to log in to areas of the website for which you choose to register.

The information we obtain from our use of cookies will not usually allow us to identify you personally, although we may obtain information about your computer or other electronic device such as your IP address, your browser and/or other internet log information. In certain circumstances we may be able to identify you personally—but only where you voluntarily provide it (e.g. by completing an online form) or where you purchase goods or services from us.

In most cases we will need your consent to use cookies. The exception is where the cookie is essential for us to provide you with a service you have requested.

What cookies do we use?

Our website uses three kinds of cookie (using categories suggested in the International Chamber of Commerce UK's Cookie guide: Strictly Necessary cookies, Performance cookies and Functionality cookies. For more information on these categories, please see the ICC's Cookie guide.

Performance cookies/technologies

These enable us to collect information about how you use our website or read our publications, for instance which pages are viewed by visitors most frequently. All information collected in this way is used to improve how our websites work or the effectiveness of the materials that we publish. We use the following performance cookies on our website:

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website and blog, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited.

• Google Analytics

Functionality cookies

These cookies record information about choices you have made and allow us to remember your preferences. If you are known to us and we hold your details, we may use this information to help us build up your profile based on your web journey, and choices. For example, if you access our website from a link in an email we sent to you, these cookies will allow us to track your web journey.

• Session ID
• Cookie Consent

Third party websites

Our website links through to third party websites (including, for example Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) which may also use cookies over which we have no control. We recommend that you check the relevant third party's privacy policies for information about any cookies which may be used.

• YouTube


There is a notice on our home page which describes how we use cookies and which also provides a link to this cookie policy.  If you do not consent to the outlined cookie usage, please stop using the website immediately.

How to turn off cookies completely

If you do not want to accept cookies, you can change your browser settings so that cookies are not accepted. If you do this, please be aware that you may lose some of the functionality of many websites. For further information about cookies and how to disable them please go to the Information Commissioner’s webpage on cookies.