Cookie Policy

Our site(s) puts small files, known as "cookies", onto your computer to collect information about how you use our site. That is if you accept it. A cookie is a small text file that a website stores on your computer or mobile device when websites are loaded in a browser. Almost all websites use cookies in some way or another, and every page you visit on those sites writes cookies to your computer and receives them back from it.

They are widely used to remember you and your preferences. For a single visit this is known as a “session cookie” or for multiple repeat visits a “persistent cookie” is used.

Cookies ensure a consistent and efficient experience for Bud visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in or they can be used by third parties.

Types of Cookies

First Party Cookies

These are cookies that are set by the website you’re visiting. Only that website can read them. A website might potentially use external services, which also set their own cookies, known as third-party cookies such as those who serve content or provide advertising or analytics services on the website such as YouTube. Bud may use these types of cookies and have them as a result of the way we integrate tools and content from other websites.

Most desktop browsers allow you to see a list of the cookies that have been set. They will normally be listed by the host domain value.

Session Cookies

Session Cookies are only stored temporarily in the browser's memory, and are destroyed when it is closed down, although they will survive navigating away from the website they came from.

You can generally tell if a session cookie has been used if you find that you have to log in to a website every time you open your browser and visit it.

Many websites use session cookies for essential site functions, and to make sure pages are sent to the browser as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Persistent Cookies

These Cookies are saved on your computer and are not deleted automatically when you quit your browser, unlike a session cookie that as described above is deleted when you quit your browser.

Persistent cookies are created by giving them an expiry date. If that expiry date is reached, the computer destroys it. The expiry date will normally be saved as the time the cookie was first created plus a number of seconds, determined by the person who developed the cookie. You should be aware that for some persistent cookies there is no real limit on the expiry date. This means it could be set to be several years in the future. In many cases too, should you revisit the website that served up the cookie, it may automatically place an updated version on your computer with a revised future expiry date.

You can generally tell if a persistent cookie has been used if you log in to a website, then shut down your computer, start it up again, and go back to the website and find you are still logged in.

How Bud uses cookies to collect information about how you use our sites

The following information about our use of cookies applies to the website and other websites operated by or on behalf of Bud (together, the "Websites").

Bud uses cookies for a number of different purposes. Some cookies are necessary for technical reasons or other reasons such as:

  • for security features to enhance protection against multiple types of attacks or network abuse
  • so we can measure how you use our website so we can improve and update it based on your needs
  • enable a personalised experience for both visitors and registered users
  • remember the notifications you've seen so that we don't show them to you again
  • help improve the website's content, design and user experience

We classify these cookies as:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These are the cookies used to provide the service, application, and other essential functionalities of our website. These essential cookies do things like remember the notifications you’ve seen so we do not show them to you again. Without these cookies, your request cannot be delivered properly and our website may not function as expected or in a secure way. They are set to manage essential actions, such as requesting website visual elements, page resources, or user login/logoff. We can also use these cookies to set up essential functionalities to guarantee the security and efficiency of the service requested such as authentication.

Because these cookies are strictly necessary we do not need to ask for your consent to use them and we use a solution called OneTrust to make sure we are compliant with law.

They always need to be on.

Functional Cookies

These are the cookies used to provide enhanced performance for some website resources and services as well as sometimes to adopt a higher level of personalisation for your user experience.

These cookies are set by us or by third party service providers we use to implement additional functionalities or to enhance features and website performance. However, they are not directly related to the service you requested. Services and functionalities implemented by these cookies support features like an automatically filled text box, live web chat platform and non-necessary forms.

Primarily we use them to

  • remember your login
  • keep you secure when logged in

Performance Cookies

These are the cookies used to provide measurements about our website, website visitors and its resources used for purposes like troubleshooting and analytics. These cookies collect information about how visitors use our website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often. With these cookies, we can count the number of visits and traffic sources. This helps us to improve the performance of our website. If you do not allow these cookies, we will not know when you have visited our website.

Cookies that measure website use

We use optional cookies which measure website use. You can choose whether or not you are happy for us to use them. Bud uses HubSpot analytics to collect data that we use to improve your experience of our website. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements.

HubSpot stores information about:

  • the pages users visit on the websites
  • how long users spend on each of the websites pages
  • how users got to the site
  • what users click on while visiting the site

We also use optional cookies to show a feedback tool on certain pages of the websites. This allows users to submit feedback to us about whether they found the content useful. We use Hotjar to collect responses from the feedback tool. If you have not opted in to this cookie, you'll see the same version of the page without the feedback tool.

We also use optional cookies to occasionally run A/B tests using to help improve the website's content, design and user experience. This might mean that users view a slightly different webpage.

We do not allow any third party analytics provider to use or share our analytics data. We will not pass this data to third parties in such a way that would allow them to identify visitors personally. However, we may associate this cookie data with other personally identifiable data submitted by you (for instance when you submit a form, or partially complete a form) in order to make sure that our communications are as relevant to you as possible.

Targeting Cookies

We use these to provide behavioural advertising and re-marketing of analytical data.

You should see a message appear on the site before we store a cookie on your computer.

How you can manage cookies

You have the right to decide to accept or reject cookies. We give you the option to exercise your cookie preferences by clicking on the appropriate opt-out links below.

Removing cookies from your device

You can delete all cookies that are already on your device by clearing the browsing history of your browser. This will remove all cookies from all websites you have visited.

Be aware though that you may also lose some saved information (e.g. saved login details, site preferences).

Managing site-specific cookies

For more detailed control over site-specific cookies, check the privacy and cookie settings in your preferred browser.

Using browser controls cookies

You can set most modern browsers to prevent any cookies being placed on your device, but you may then have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site/page. And some services and functionalities may not work properly at all.

You can set or amend your web browser controls to accept or refuse cookies. If you choose to reject cookies, you may still use our website though your access to some functionality and areas of our website may be restricted. As the means by which you can refuse cookies through your web browser controls vary from browser-to-browser, you should visit your browser's help menu for more information.

In summary you can use your browser to:

  • delete all cookies
  • block all cookies
  • allow all cookies
  • block ‘third-party’ cookies (ie, cookies set by online services other than the one you are visiting)
  • clear all cookies when you close the browser
  • open a ‘private browsing’ / ‘incognito’ session, which allows you to browse the web without recording your browsing history or storing local data such as cookies (you should however be aware of the limitations of this feature in a privacy context); and
  • install add-ons and plugins that extend browser functionality

On a mobile device, you may also be able to adjust your settings to limit tracking.

Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.

If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.

Managing our analytics cookies

Cookie Consent

We store a cookie that tells us if you accept our use of cookies or not. If you don’t, we won’t store any other cookies and will remember your choice for the next visit. The information in this cookie will be stored for the minimum time. After that, we will give you a choice of whether to accept cookies or not when visiting our site again.

You can learn more about cookies on the ICO website.

When we update this Cookie Policy

We will update this policy at times to reflect any changes to the cookies we use. We will update it whenever there are legal or regulatory changes that require amendment. You will be notified of changes to this Cookie Policy by us posting on this page and this may also include email notifications. You should revisit this site to stay informed of any changes Bud makes to this Cookie Policy.

This policy was last updated in December 2022.