Cookies

This statement was last updated on 2 May 2018

What are cookies?
"Cookies" are small text files that are stored on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website.

They allow the website to recognise your device and remember if you have been to the website before. Cookies are widely used in order to make websites work more efficiently, as well as providing information to the owners of websites on site usage and performance.

There are different types of cookies. Necessary cookies enable a site’s core functionality - a website cannot function properly without these cookies. You can disable necessary cookies by changing your browser preferences. Analytical cookies measure the pages a customer visits on a website - website owners collect this information to make site improvements and report on site usage. Third party cookies can be used for advertising purposes. You can read about the different types of cookies that we use on nibusinessinfo.co.uk on this page.

The Information Commissioner’s Office provide guidance on how to manage and delete cookies.

How are cookies used on nibusinessinfo.co.uk?
Some of the cookies we use are essential for site functionality.

Other cookies help us to improve your website experience, including the content and technical performance of nibusinessinfo.co.uk, by providing insights into how the site is used. For example, they allow us to count the number of visitors to specific pages, and to analyse website usage patterns and trends.

Some cookies help us to match relevant business support with your interests – this assistance may appear in the form of advertisements via websites you visit.

The information we collect does not enable us to identify any website visitor personally. No individual data or personal information is stored in our cookies.

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)
We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use nibusinessinfo.co.uk. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements, for example improving site search.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on nibusinessinfo.co.uk
  • how long you spend on nibusinessinfo.co.uk
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site

We do not collect or store your personal information (eg your name or address). We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Universal analytics

Cookie name Purpose of the cookie Expires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit nibusinessinfo.co.uk by tracking if you've visited before 2 years
_gid This helps us count how manay people visit nibusinessinfo.co.uk by tracking if you've visited before 24 hours
_gat Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made 1 minute


JavaScript detection
We measure how manay people visiting nibusinessinfo.co.uk are using JavaScript.

Cookie name Purpose of the cookie Expires
has_js This tells us if you are browsing nibusinessinfo.co.uk while running JavaScript Session cookie (when browser is closed)


Our introductory message
You may see a pop-up welcome message when you first visit nibusinessinfo.co.uk. We will store a cookie so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and knows not to show it again.

Cookie name Purpose of the cookie Expires
cookie-agreed Saves a message to let us know that you've seen our cookie message 4 months


Advertising
We occasionally advertise nibusinessinfo.co.uk’s business support and guidance through third party sites (eg Twitter and LinkedIn). These sites use cookies to identify and display content based on your interests. The cookies also enable us to evaluate the success of any advertisements.

Third party sites set the following cookies:

Cookie name Purpose of the cookie Expires
fr Facebook uses this cookie to show you nibusinessinfo.co.uk support and guidance based on your interests and to report on and verify traffic from an online advert. 90 days
BizoID LinkedIn uses this collection of cookies to show you nibusinessinfo.co.uk support and guidance based on your interests and to report on and verify traffic from an online advert. 6 months
UserMatchHistory 6 months
lang Session cookie (when browser is closed)
bcookie 2 years
lidc 24 hours
guest_id Twitter uses this collection of cookies to show you nibusinessinfo.co.uk support and guidance based on your interests and to report on and verify traffic from an online advert. 2 years
personalization_id 2 years
IDE These cookies allow us to advertise on third party websites through the Google Advertising network. Google uses this cookie to tailor advertising to you, and help match activity across devices. 13 months
test_cookie 1 minute