Cookie Policy

Information about our use of cookies

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.

We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them below:

Analytic cookies

We make use of analytical cookies through Google Analytics. These cookies are used to compile anonymous statistics that allow us to understand how visitors are using our web site, which pages are being visited and help us improve the site and its content. These cookies do not identify visitors personally:

Name: __utma
Purpose: This cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to our site from that web browser. It is used to determine unique visitors to our site and is updated with each page view.
Typical content: Randomly generated number.
Expires: 2 years after it is set.

Purpose: This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with our site. When viewing a page, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on our site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals.
Typical content: Randomly generated number.
Expires: 2 years.

Purpose: This cookie operates in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user.
Typical content: Randomly generated number.
Expires: When the user closes their browser (end of session).

Purpose: This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach our site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation and is updated with each page view.
Typical content: Randomly generated string.
Expires: 6 months.

This page from Google provides further information about the Google Analytic cookies

You can opt out of Google Analytics here

Functionality and Customisation

We use cookies to provide additional functionality that improves the user’s experience of the web site:

Name: tabs-homepage
Purpose: Records which tab was last selected on the homepage so this tab can be presented on the next visit.
Typical content: A number
Expires: 24 hours after set

Name: tabs-pbs
Purpose: Records which tab was last selected on the Portable Buildings homepage so this tab can be presented on the next visit.
Typical content: A number.
Expires: 24 hours after set.

Session cookies

Name: SN4f4b99b2c444a
Purpose: Temporary session cookie. Can be used to carry information across pages of our web site e.g. to prevent data from needing to be re-entered into forms.
Typical content: Randomly generated string.
Expires: When the user closes their browser (end of session).

Other Third Party cookies

Our websites also carry embedded ‘social media’ buttons to enable users to easily share pages with their friends through a number of popular social networks. These buttons also use cookies, which we do not control:

Name: __stid
Purpose: Is used to associated users with topics of interest, based upon the content they consume and share
Typical content: Randomly generated string.
Expires: 24 hours.

Name: __uset
Purpose: Set to “true” to indicate when a user has been “cookied” so the task is not repeated in the next 8 hours
Typical content: Yes (True).
Expires: 8 hours.

Name: __unam
Purpose: Counts the number of unique users that share content and how many page views are generated from the resulting share.
Typical content: Randomly generated string.
Expires: 9 hours.

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

Except for essential cookies, all cookies will expire after 2 years

Managing your cookies

To manage your cookies, including blocking, deleting and allowing them, please follow this link, access your browser’s help pages or contact us

How to contact us

Please contact us if you have any concerns or queries regarding our use of cookies, our Privacy Policy or any other aspect of our web site:

Changes to our cookie policy

Our policy may change from time to time. This site will always contain our current policy.

Our Cookie Policy was last updated in May 2018.