Cookies are small text files that are used by websites that you visit to recognise who you are when you return there. They are sent from the website’s servers to your computer or mobile phone and stored on your device, and may then be sent back to our website’s servers with updated data as you browse our website.

Cookies are used to record information about your preferences as you browse our website, which allows us to improve your experience by tailoring the website accordingly. Cookies can also be used to identify you every time you revisit our website.

The Barnet Group takes your privacy very seriously. This page is intended to give you all the information you need to be confident that your personal information will be treated appropriately by us.

How are cookies used?

Cookies perform several functions, such as remembering who you are on a particular site (your welcome message), to keeping you logged in to your account screen on an ecommerce site (however, you should always log out if you are using a public computer). Advertising agencies also use cookies to find out if they have served you an advert from a particular brand on a site, or if you have seen a particular advert before.

Website owners will use cookies to follow which pages that you’ve read so that they can see what parts of the site are popular or not. In short, cookies are a way of providing statistics on site visits as well as some limited functionality that makes your site visit easier. When used properly cookies are an asset to a site visitor and a site owner. We follow best practice for cookie use.

A ‘session cookie’ will expire at the end of your browsing session once you close your web browser; ‘persistent cookies’ on the other hand have a set expiry date and will be stored on your computer until either this date is reached, or you delete your cookies using your browser settings.

Our cookie listings

Below is a list of cookies used by our website, and what they are used for:

We have tried to cover all cookies in this list that we or our technology partners use. Please be aware that there may be a delay in updating this list. If you do notice any discrepancies please be sure to contact us and let us know.

Cookie name Type Purpose Domain
BIGipServerZebedee Persistent BIGipServerZebedee is part of the back-end architecture of the hosting service that manages the site. It belongs to the class of “load-balancing cookies”. This website is hosted on multiple servers; when you visit the site, you are assigned to one of these servers for the current session.

It routes data and page requests to the correct server and so ensures that the content of the page loads quickly and effectively.
PHPSESSID Non-persistent This cookie is used to store the individual session id of a user. This is required to determine whether a user is logged in to the website. Session data is also stored when a user is filling in a form, however the data is stored on the server and not in the cookie. (This cookie is ASP.NET_SessionID on .Net systems)
TS01237438 Non-persistent Used to enforce security policy by the host servers.



Persistent These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our sites. In order to gather this information, we use software developed by Google called Google Analytics. To find out more, view Google’s privacy policy
_hjIncludedInSample Persistent This session cookie is set to let Hotjar (an analytics tool) know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate funnels.
viewed_cookie_policy Persistent The viewed_cookie_policy cookie is set to “yes” when the Cookie law info bar has been viewed and accepted


Persistent These cookie is used to allow site administrators to remain logged in.

Opting out of cookies

There are a number of options available so that you do not have to store any cookies at all. You can either set your browser so that it will not accept and store any cookie, or if you have a little more time and knowledge you are able to allow only certain ‘trusted’ sites to store cookies on your computer. These sites may include us (of course!), or the site where you carry out your online banking, or possibly your favourite news service.

It’s worth bearing in mind that if you decide to delete all of your cookies, then you will likely have to re-enter all of your usernames and passwords on all of the sites that you visit, which you previously didn’t have to think about. As we mentioned before, cookies can be a real asset to your web browsing experience.

The Information Commissioner’s Office provides advice about cookies and their use. This website also details how you might delete any cookies that you find, and it also shows you how to allow those trusted sites to store their cookies on your computer.

Blocking or deleting cookies

The majority of web browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari etc.) will allow you to block cookies from being installed on your device via your browser settings, or to delete selected / all cookies currently installed on your device.

Depending on your browser, further information can be obtained via the following links:

Mobile phone users may have to refer to their handset manual for details on how to block or delete cookies using their mobile browser.

Please note that deleting cookies will usually only remove any cookies currently installed on your device; you must also change your browser settings if you wish to prevent cookies being installed in future.

Please be aware that restricting the use of cookies or deleting cookies already stored on your device may impact on the functionality or usability of our website.

Third-Party Cookies

Please note that if we embed content from third-party sites such as Flickr and YouTube on our website, you may also have cookies from these third-party websites installed on your device. The Barnet Group does not control these cookies and you should check the privacy policy of the relevant website for more information.

Please also note that, if you use a ‘sharing tools’ on our website to share content using social networks, these social networks may install a cookie on your device. The Barnet Group does not control these cookies and you should check the privacy policy of the relevant website for more information.

Contact Details and Useful Information

This website is owned and operated by The Barnet Group Ltd. If you have any questions about our use of cookies and how we collect and store your data, then please contact

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