Cookie Policy

At the Local Enterprise Office (“we“, “us” or “our“), we want to ensure that your visit to our website (the “Website“) is smooth, reliable and as useful to you as possible. Subject to your consent where required by applicable law, we use cookies and similar technologies (“cookies”) to help us improve the use and functionality of the Website and to better understand how visitors use the Website and the tools and services offered on it.

Please also see our Data Protection Notice for further details about the ways in which we collect and use your personal data.

1. WHAT ARE COOKIES?

Cookies are small data files that are stored in your web browser on your computer, tablet or smartphone (each a “Device“) when you visit a website. Cookies serve a number of purposes like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, interests or log in details, and generally improving your experience.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you do not want to allow cookies or only allow the use of certain types of cookies, please refer to your browser settings which should allow you to accept or deny cookies (please read section [5] below for more details about how to do this). You can also use the browser settings to withdraw your consent to the use of cookies at any time or delete cookies that have already been set on your Device. Keep in mind that by disabling certain categories of cookies, you may be prevented from accessing some features of our websites. You should be able to find more in depth information about opting out of cookies on your browser settings menu.

2. DO WE USE COOKIES?

Yes, we use cookies to enhance the visitor experience on our Website. The information is used to customise your visit by storing your search details to the browser, saving your shortlists and for interacting with social media platforms from within our Website.

We may place cookies on partner websites to advertise our brands and/or services. These cookies are mainly used to display content tailored to your interests and to evaluate our content (including advertising). Our cookies are also used by third party sites in order to provide advertising that is relevant. This relevance is based on a profile built form your previous visits to our Website, including the services you have visited. Please see our section on third party cookies below.

3. WHY DO WE USE COOKIES?

We use cookies for the following purposes:

  • To customise your visit.
  • To improve our Website.
  • To save a visitor’s recent searches to save them time when revisiting our Website.
  • To provide visitors with advertising that is relevant (third parties are involved in providing this).

4. WHICH COOKIES DO WE USE?

General Information

Source (Where cookies come from)
First Party CookiesThese cookies are provided by us and used by various features on our Website. Examples may include customising a visitor’s visit, providing statistical information, and verifying a visitor’s identity for security purposes.
Third Party CookiesThese cookies are provided by “Third Party” vendors who provide products and features we have integrated into our Website. Examples include social media sites, ad networks, and security systems.
Expiration (How long cookies last)
Session CookiesThese cookies are added when a visitor starts to browse our Website or interacts with a specific feature and are deleted when the browser is closed.
Persistent CookiesThese cookies are added when a visitor starts to browse our Website or interacts with a specific feature, but may remain stored on your Device until a certain termination date is reached (in terms of minutes, days or years from the creation/update of the cookie).
Type (What application uses the cookie)
Necessary cookiesThese are essential in order to enable you to move around the Website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the Website. Without these cookies, our Website would not work properly and services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or secure client accounts, cannot be provided.
Performance cookiesThese collect information about how visitors use the Website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. We use these cookies to test different designs and features for our Website and we also use them to help us monitor how our visitors reach our sites and how effective our advertising is.
Functional cookiesThese allow the Website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise.
Targeting cookiesThese are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. Some of our partners may also use cookies or web beacons (a single-pixel image file) so that you see more relevant advertisements when visiting other websites. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
Flash CookiesThese cookies are added when a browser displays a Flash application. Flash is used to display some versions of our digital publications.   The cookie may be used to track statistical information pertaining to the digital publication, such as pages were viewed.

Website Cookies and other tracking technologies

Further details on our specific use of cookies are contained in the following table:

Cookie TypeNamePurposeExpirationWho Provides the Cookie?Opt Out Link
Analytics_gaUsed to distinguish visitors to site12 months from last visitGoogleOpt Out
Analytics_gatUsed to throttle request rate10 minutesGoogleOpt Out
Analytics_utmtUsed to throttle request rate10 minutesGoogleOpt Out
Analytics_ _utmaUsed to distinguish visitors and pages visited. Records a unique ID, the date and time of first visit, time of current visit nd total number of visits made12 months from last visitGoogleOpt Out
Analytics_ _utmbUsed to determine new sessions or visits. Stores the number of page views in current visit and start time of visit30 minutes from last visitGoogleOpt Out
Analytics_ _ utmcUsed to note that the visit has ended when browser is closedSession cookieGoogleOpt Out
Analytics_ _utmzRecords the site you may have linked to our page from. Only records data if you clicked on a link to our site from a different website6 monthsGoogleOpt Out
Sharing__atuvc The __atuvc cookie is created and read by the AddThis social sharing site JavaScript on the client side in order to make sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before our share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behaviour for users.12 months from last visitAddThisOpt Out
Sharing__atuvsThe __atuvs cookie is created and read by the AddThis social sharing site30 minutesAddThisOpt Out
SharingbkuRegisters anonymised user data, such as IP address, geographical location, visited websites, and what ads the user has clicked, with the purpose of optimising ad display based on the user’s movement on websites that use the same ad network.13 MonthsAddThisOpt Out
Sharingcw_idUnclassified1 yearAddThisOpt Out
SharinglocGeolocation, which is used to help providers determine how users who share information with each other are geographically located (state level).13 monthsAddThisOpt Out
SharingmusUnclassified1 yearAddThisOpt Out
Sharingna_idUnclassified1 monthAddThisOpt Out
Sharingna_tcUnclassifiedAddThisOpt Out
SharingouidUnclassified1 yearAddThisOpt Out
SharinguidCreates a unique, machine-generated user ID. AddThis, which is owned by Clearspring Technologies, uses the user ID to make it possible for the user to share content across social networks and provide detailed statistics to various providers.1 yearAddThisOpt Out
SharinguvcThese cookies track sharing when the AddThis functionality is used13 monthsAddThisOpt Out
SharingsscThese cookies track sharing when the AddThis functionality is used13 monthsAddThisOpt Out
SharingsshThese cookies track sharing when the AddThis functionality is used13 monthsAddThisOpt Out
Sharingsshs
These cookies track sharing when the AddThis functionality is used
13 monthsAddThisOpt Out
Securitywfvt_Cookie set by the Wordfence Security WordPress plugin which notes information about your general geographic locationSessionWordfenceOpt Out
Securitywordfence_verifiedHumanCookie set by the Wordfence Security WordPress plugin to protect the site against malicious attacksSessionWordfenceOpt Out
FunctionalcatAccCookiesCookie set by Cookie Consent WordPress plugin to record that you accept the fact that the site uses cookies.1 monthCookie Consent
Social Mediaads_prefsUsed by Twitter share functionalityTTTTwitterOpt Out
Social Mediaauth_tokenUsed by Twitter share functionalityTTTTwitterOpt Out
Social MediadntDo not track10 yearsTwitterOpt Out
Social Mediaeu_cnUsed by Twitter share functionality1 year from set/updateTwitterOpt Out
Social Mediaguest_ididentify the user with a unique number associated with Twitter.2 yearsTwitterOpt Out
Social MediakdtUsed by Twitter share functionality2 yearsTwitterOpt Out
Social MedianetpuUsed by Twitter share functionalityTTTTwitterOpt Out
Social Mediapersonalization_idUsed by Twitter share functionality2 yearsTwitterOpt Out
Social Mediaremember_checked_onUsed by Twitter share functionality10 yearsTwitterOpt Out
Social MediasshsUsed by Twitter share functionalityTTTTwitterOpt Out
Social Mediatfw_expUsed by Twitter share functionality14 daysTwitterOpt Out
Social MediatwidUsed by Twitter share functionalityTTTTwitterOpt Out
Social Mediatwitter_ads_idUsed by Twitter share functionalityTTTTwitterOpt Out

6. MANAGING AND DISABLING COOKIES

You can control the cookies placed and retained on your Device. The Data Protection Notice and this Cookie Policy are provided to be transparent about our practices regarding the use of cookies and to allow you the opportunity to make an informed choice.

Where applicable, we will obtain your prior informed consent to use cookies and other tracking technologies which store or access information on your Device. Most browsers accept cookies automatically but they can be set up to ask for your prior consent before an individual cookie is set on
your Device. This will give you control over your cookies, however, it may interfere with your browsing experience as some websites may not function properly and you may not be able to take advantage of all the features offered by our website.

For instructions on blocking and deleting cookies, see the privacy and help documentation of your specific browser’s website. If you use more Devices and/or browsers you will need to disable cookies on each Device and on each browser separately. Here are the locations of the cookie settings for all major web browsers:

  • Internet Explorer – Tools > Internet Options > Privacy tab.
  • Mozilla Firefox – Tools > Options > Privacy menu.
  • Safari Users – Edit > Preferences > Privacy menu.
  • Chrome Users – Settings > Content Settings > Privacy > Cookies.

If you limit the ability of our websites to set cookies, this may prevent you from using certain features of our Website properly and your user experience – which will no longer be personalised for you – may deteriorate. You may also be able to opt-out from certain cookies through third party cookie management sites. Disabling cookies may prevent you from using certain parts of our Website. If you delete your cookies from the browser, you may need to remember to re-install opt-out cookies.

7. WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT COOKIES?

You can find more information about cookies by visiting the following information websites:
www.aboutcookies.org
www.allaboutcookies.org