Cookie notice

Updated 27 August 2020

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • What is a Cookie?
  • Cookies Used on This Site
  • Third Party Websites’ Cookies
  • How to Control and Delete Cookies
  • Cookies that Have Been Set in the Past
  • Questions?


To make this website work properly and to provide the most relevant products and services to our site visitors, we place small data files called cookies on your device. This policy provides you with information about cookies and how to control them for this website.

What is a Cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognizes that cookie, to develop a record of the user’s online activity. Cookies on this site may be delivered in a first-party (set by Spear Ltd) or third-party (set by another website) context and may also be set in association with emails you receive from us.

Cookies help us enhance your experience when using the website. They also help us understand how people use our site, such as which pages are most popular, so that we can better serve our site users and members.

Types of Cookies Used on This Site

Essential Cookies. These cookies are necessary for enabling basic user movement around our website and providing access to any features. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing purposes and do not remember where you have been on the internet. This category of cookies cannot be disabled.

  1. Google Tag Manager is a script (tool) that facilitates the installation of non-essential Google Analytics Cookies (see 3 below) and marketing cookies. It is a necessary cookie for the proper functioning of our site and does not have an expiration date.
  2. Analytics Cookies. We use Google Analytics cookies to collect information about how visitors use our website. These cookies collect information in the aggregate to give us insight into how our website is being used. We anonymise IP addresses in Google Analytics, and the anonymised data is transmitted to and stored by Google.
  3. Google may also transfer this information to third parties including various USA Federal Government agencies where it is required to do so by US law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. The following table has more information about these cookies.
Cookie NameSourceExpiryPurposeHow to Block
_gaGoogle Analytics365 DaysThese cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use We use the information to help us improve our site through the collection of anonymized information (e.g. number of visitors to website and where visitors have come to the site from).Open the Cookie Consent Tool to set your preferences or delete these cookies through your browser settings.
_gidGoogle Analytics365 Days

  1. For a general overview of the privacy of your Google Analytics cookies please click:

    It is also possible to install a Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on click here:
  2. Marketing Cookie. We do not at present have any marketing cookies however we are developing a marketing database management program that will deploys such cookies,  we will inform all uses when this database becomes live.

Third Party Websites’ Cookies

Third party cookies are cookies usually set by someone other than the website owner for purposes such as collecting information on user behaviour, demographics, or personalised marketing. When using our website, you may encounter embedded content, such as video pods, YouTube videos, or you may be directed to other websites for such activities as surveys, or for job applications. These websites and embedded content may use their own cookies. We do not have control over the placement of cookies by other websites, even if you are directed to them from our website.

How to Control and Delete Cookies

  1. Consent Tool
    The Cookie Consent Tool on our above banner can be utilised to customise your cookie preferences. The tool will record when you have consented to our cookie policy and will ask for consent again annually to ensure users stay up-to-date with changes to our cookie and privacy policies. The consent tool specifically controls the marketing cookies and analytical cookies set by using our primary public website ( Essential cookies cannot be disabled, nor can the tool be used to block cookies on third-party websites linked from our website.
  2. Using Your Browser
    Many of the cookies used on our website and through emails can be enabled or disabled through our consent tool or by disabling the cookies through your browser. To disable cookies through your browser, follow the instructions usually located within the “Help,” “Tools” or “Edit” menus in your browser. Please note that disabling a cookie or category of cookies does not delete the cookie from your browser unless manually completed through your browser function.

Cookies that May Have Been Set in the Past

Collection of your data from our analytics cookies can be deleted. If cookies are deleted, the information collected prior to the preference change may still be used, however, we will stop using the disabled cookie to collect any further information from your user experience, sometimes a new specific (do not track) cookie is placed to prevent users from being tracked.

Further information?

For more information, feel free to contact our Data Protection Officer at

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