Cookie Policy

 

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, a computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that websites save to your computer. The cookies used by government websites don’t contain any of your personal information, and we can’t use them to find out who you are.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • Remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
  • Remembering information you’ve given (e.g. your postcode) so you don’t need to keep entering it
  • Measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs

How we use cookies

The list below shows all of the cookies that are set by this website and the third-party services we use. If you have any queries about these cookies or would like more information about them, please get in touch.

First-party cookies (cookies set by us)

These are cookies set by this website. Some are necessary to the functionality of the site, others provide information to us that we analyse to monitor and improve the site. These first-party cookies do not store or collect any personal information or anything that makes you personally identifiable to us. Typically, the cookies generate a random, unique number to store information about a user.

First-party cookies (cookies set by us)

Name of cookie

Type of cookie

Expiry period

Reason for use of cookie

Description

chcookie

Persistent cookie

2 months

Analytics

Used to improve our understanding of how people use our website and services, through web analytics

_pk_id.1.fc5d

Persistent cookie

2 years

Analytics

Used to improve our understanding of how people use our website and services, through web analytics

_pk_ses.1.fc5d

Session cookie

 

Analytics

Used to improve our understanding of how people use our website and services, through web analytics

ch_session

Session cookie

At end of session

Strictly necessary

Used to manage the items stored in your shopping basket or your progress through filing transactions

PIWIK_SESSID

Session cookie

 

Analytics

Used to improve our understanding of how people use our website and services, through web analytics

Transaction

Persistent cookie

1 day

Your visit

WebFiling uses a cookie which remembers which service within WebFiling was being carried out in the event of a session timeout

chwebcheck

Persistent cookie

1 year

Your visit

WebCHeck uses a cookie which remembers the user for subsequent visits. The user is given the choice to explicitly allow this during login

ch_survey

Persistent cookie

1 year

Your visit

Companies House website occasionally runs surveys which use a cookie which remembers if the user has a) chosen to not take part in the survey, or b) has already taken part in the survey.

survey_ch

Persistent

28 days

Your visit

Companies House website occasionally runs

 

cookie

   

Surveys which use a cookie which remembers if the user has a) chosen to not take part in the survey, or b) has already taken part in the survey.

chwebsite_survey

Persistent cookie

7 days

Your visit

Companies House website occasionally runs surveys which use a cookie which remembers if the user has a) chosen to not take part in the survey, or b) has already taken part in the survey.

Third-party cookies (cookies set by other websites through this site)

We want to provide interesting and engaging content on our website. On a number of pages, we use ‘plugins’ or embedded media. For example, we embed YouTube videos and Google Maps in many pages. The suppliers of these services may also set cookies on your device when you visit the pages where we have used this type of content. These are known as ‘third-party’ cookies.

Name of cookie

Type of cookie

Expiry period

Reason for use of cookie

Description

NID

Persistent cookie

6 months

Media

This cookie is set by Google Maps when you visit any of our pages which includes an embedded Google Map

PREF

Persistent cookie

2 years

Media

This cookie is set by Google Maps when you visit any of our pages which includes an embedded Google Map

testcookie

Session cookie

 

Media

This cookie is set by Google Maps when you visit any of our pages which includes an embedded Google Map

khcookie

Session cookie

 

Media

This cookie is set by Google Maps when you visit any of our pages which includes an embedded Google Map

SNID

Persistent cookie

6 months

Media

This cookie is set by Google Maps when you visit any of our pages which includes an embedded Google Map

original_referer

Session cookie

 

Your visit

This cookie is set by Twitter when you load any of our pages that include a list of “Latest Tweets”

_twitter_sess

Session cookie

 

Social networking

This cookie is set by Twitter when you load any of our pages that include a list of “Latest Tweets”

guest_id

Persistent cookie

2 years

Social networking

This cookie is set by Twitter when you load any of our pages that include a list of “Latest Tweets”

k

Persistent cookie

1 week

Social networking

This cookie is set by Twitter when you load any of our pages that include a list of “Latest Tweets”

pid

Persistent cookie

2 years

Performance / Networking

This cookie is set by Twitter when you load any of our pages that include a list of “Latest Tweets”

PREF

Persistent cookie

10 years

Media

This cookie is set by YouTube when you load a video embedded on one of our pages

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

Persistent cookie

240 days

Media

This cookie is set by YouTube when you load a video embedded on one of our pages

use_hitbox

Session cookie

 

Media

This cookie is set by YouTube when you load a video embedded on one of our pages

Shopping cart / transactional areas

There are some areas of our site that make use of shopping carts or forms technology which at times have to make use of cookies – the ones used on a permanent basis are detailed in the cookies table. From time to time we may add functionality to our site e.g. surveys, comparisons etc., and these often come from 3rd parties – we will endeavour to ensure full disclosure of any cookies.

Areas of the site requiring a login

Accepting the use of login functionality, without exception, you must explicitly agree to the setting of specific cookies, which allow this area to function. The cookies in use for secure areas are provided within the terms and conditions of use for the appropriate area.

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit the About Cookies website, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may have an impact upon the functionality of our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You’ll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual. To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.

Local Shared Objects (Flash cookies)

Some of our pages include videos embedded from YouTube, which uses the Adobe Flash Player. To improve user experience, Local Shared Objects – or Flash cookies as they are commonly known – are employed to provide features such as auto-resume and for saving your preferences. Flash cookies are stored on a user’s terminal much the same as cookies are, however it is not possible to manage them at browser level in the same way. How to delete or disable Flash cookies

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