This cookies policy explains how cookies are used on our website at including our online tool


Cookies are small data files which are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit our website.   The cookies are then used to gather information about your use of our site or in some cases, to allow you to be recognised as an existing user when returning to the website.

Cookies are commonly used to help websites work more efficiently and to provide information to owners of the website.

They help our website to work in the way that you would expect so that we can provide you with a good experience when you use our website.  They also enable us to improve our site and make our marketing activities more efficient.  We don’t use cookies to pass personally identifiable information to third parties.

In general terms, cookies can be categorised into the following broad categories:

Strictly necessary cookies: cookies required for the operation of the website.  They include cookies used to enable you to log into secure website areas for example as an account holder.

Analytical/performance cookies: these allow recognising and counting of the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around a website. They help improve the way websites work, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

Functionality cookies: these allow a returning user and his/her preferences to be recognised.   This means that the website can then present personalised content.

Targeting cookies: these types of cookies record visits to a website, the pages visited and the links followed.  These cookies are used to tailor content and advertising.

At the moment we use cookies which are necessary for the performance of our site, functionality cookies and those used for performance and analytics. We do not use targeting cookies.

More specifically, we use the types of cookies as set out below, on our website at   The table below also provides information about what the cookies are used for.

Cookie Type NamePurpose
Google Analytics_utma_utmb_utmc_utmz_ga_gat_utmtThese 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 website.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 that they have visited.
BespokeImpactReportingThis cookie is absolutely necessary to allow pages to be served to our visitors and enables a valid session to be established.It contains personally-identifiable information as it is linked to your user account. Once you leave the website or close your browser, the cookie will expire, except if you have chosen the option to “Remember Me” when logging in, in which case the cookie will not expire. 

Please also note that third parties for example, advertising networks and providers of external services may also use cookies.  We do not have any control over those.


Some of the cookies which are used on the Impact Reporting website are session cookies (Impact Reporting).  This means that the cookie will expire when your session finishes.  Others are permanent cookies which will be stored on your computer and will be used to recognise you as a user, the next time you visit the site.


Broadly, you can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies.  Please note however that if you use browser settings to block cookies, then you may not be able to access all or some parts of the site and our site may not work as intended.  This is especially the case for our website because we use a minimal number of cookies and these are aimed at making our website function properly in the way that you would expect.

You can find out more about how to manage and delete cookies by visiting .

You can also find out about disabling cookies on the following sites for different browsers:

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English law now requires all websites to request permission when using cookie technology.  If your browser is set to take cookies and if you continue to use our website then we will understand this to mean that you consent to the use of cookies.  However, if you wish to remove or stop use of cookies from our site then you should either stop using the site or adjust your browser as explained above to disable cookies.


This cookies policy should also be read alongside our Privacy Policy which you can access by clicking here