Cookie Policy

When you use any of British American Group Ltd’s (“we”, “us”, “our”) websites (our site), we may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie file which is stored on the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. They help us to improve our site and to deliver a better and more personalised service. They enable us:

  • To estimate our audience size and usage pattern.
  • To store information about your preferences, and so allow us to customise our site according to your individual interests.
  • To speed up your searches.
  • To recognise you when you return to our site.

If you refuse to accept our use of cookies you will not be able to receive all of our site content and will not be able to enjoy our site as it is intended.

If our site requires you to log in to view or receive the main content of the site, by logging in to our site, you are consenting to our use of cookies. If our site does not require you to log in to view or receive the main content of the site, by continuing to browse our site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.

You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of our site. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you log on to our site.

Please note that our advertisers may also use cookies, over which we have no control.

A new European law has been brought in, requiring websites to ask for your consent before placing “cookies” in your browser, being the software you use to surf the web.

Our cookie policy should be read in accordance with our Website Terms of Use and Privacy Policy which provide further information on how you may use our site.




Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device by the websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, or enhance the user experience, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site (ie for making customer-focused improvements to the site).

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 We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

We use Google Analytics to track visitor behaviour on the site. These cookies don’t allow us to identify you personally or give us access to your computer; they are used to collect information such as which pages are visited on the site, the time spent on the site and how the site was found. We use this information to help improve our website and give the best user experience available.

Third party companies may also set cookies in your browser. These include Facebook, Twitter and YouTube; we have listed below which cookies are set and what their function is. If you opt in, you will also be accepting these cookies.

You can give us consent to process the data you provide in the manner and for the purposes described above by accepting the cookies in accordance with this policy. Find out more about cookies at

The list below explains the cookies we may use and why:

Cookies necessary to make our website work

  1. Our website cookie acceptance
    Name: exp_cookies_allowed
    Purpose: This cookie is used to record if a user has accepted the use of cookies on our websites.
  2. Content Management System cookie
    Name: exp_last_activity
    Purpose: Every time the state is updated (the page reloaded) the last activity is set to the current date/time. Used to determine expiry. This is essential for logged in users, but not for guests – it is set for both.
  3. Content Management System cookie
    Name: exp_sessionid
    Purpose: A uniquely generated ID that corresponds to the session_id column in the exp_session table. Used when cookie and session are set as the session type. Used only for logged in members.
  4. Content Management System cookie
    Name: exp_uniqueid
    Purpose: Matches the unique_id field in the exp_members table. Randomly generated by the functions class at registration. Used only for logged in members.
  5. Content Management System cookie
    Name: exp_userhash
    Purpose: The encrypted password of the currently logged in user. Set if you choose the cookies and session ID method for sessions (cs in your config.) Used only for logged in members.
  6. Content Management System cookie
    Name: exp_anon
    Purpose: A flag set by the user to determine if they are listed in the online users.
  7. Content Management System cookie
    Name: exp_expiration
    Purpose: Determines the length of the session for a logged in user. There are two options for this cookie: if the user has selected remember me then it is set to 1 year, and if not then it’s set to the date/time that the user logged in. Used only for logged in members.
  8. Content Management System cookie
    Name: exp_last_visit
    Purpose: Sets the date/time that the user last visited the site, and is set for both guests and logged in users. If not set, is automatically set to 10 years ago. Affects guests and logged in users.
  9. Content Management System cookie
    Name: exp_tracker
    Purpose: Tracks the last 5 pages viewed by the user, and is used primarily for redirection after logging in etc. Affects guests and logged in users.

Cookies that help us enhance our web site, or your experience with it

  1. Google Analytics
    Name: _utma
    Purpose: These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
    More information: Click here for an overview of privacy at Google or to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit this page

Cookies set by third party web sites that we make use of

  1. Google Doubleclick
    Name: __gads
    Purpose: The DFP Small Business cookie is a technical requirement for the frequency capping feature that:
    Shows you what ads each user has viewed.
    Shows you where the ads were located on your site.
    Limits the number of times a user sees a particular ad.
    More informationTo opt-out, please visit this page
  2. Twitter
    Name: guest_idk
    Purpose: Twitter cookie that appears on pages where ‘Tweet’ button is used and serves as your unique identification number associated with Twitter.
  3. Facebook
    Name: xs
    Purpose: Facebook sets the ‘datr’ cookie when a web browser accesses, and the cookie helps them identify suspicious login activity and keep users safe.

    Facebook use cookies to make their service better and easier to use, to provide you with a more personalised experience, and to protect you, others, and Facebook from malicious activity. They also use cookies to confirm that you’re logged in to Facebook and for advertising purposes.
  4. Google
    Name: NID
    Purpose: These are Google Maps third party cookies, which are unique identifiers to allow traffic analysis to Google Maps
  5. YouTube
    Name: Demographics
    Purpose: We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.
    More information: More information or disabling cookies in your browser
  6. AddThis
    Name: loc
    Purpose: “loc cookie” is a geolocation cookie, so publishers know approximately where people sharing information are located. “Coyote-2-a0f0083” is a load balancer cookie. “bt” is behaviour targeting cookie. “ana_svc” is a real-time service cookie. “uid/uit” cookies set user id and login time tracking. “psc” cookie controls the view counter for social sharing. “di/dt” are date tracking cookies for determining expiration of other cookies. “ssh/sshs” cookies are service share history, used for configuring our preferred services.


We partner with several other websites to bring you the best user experience. These sites may be linked with our site but we do not control what cookies are set. We cannot hold any responsibility for these sites as they are independent companies. Please check the cookie policies of these other sites for more details on their use of cookies.


If you do not want your browser to accept cookies and use them in the ways described above it is possible to change your browser settings. It is also possible to delete existing cookies from your browser. However blocking all cookies will affect your web experience and may result in some parts of our site not functioning properly. The procedure for modifying your privacy preferences is different for each internet browser and we recommend you visit the following website for further information: