This policy (this “Policy”) explains how we use cookies on the Supplier Development Programme website (this “Website”). We recommend that you read this Policy so that you are aware of how we use them and can take steps to reject or delete the cookies if you do not agree to them being used.

Cookies are small text files stored on your device and used by website operators in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the operators of the website or certain third parties. Each cookie usually contains a unique string of characters, which allows a website to distinguish your device from other users. In this Policy, we use the term “cookie” to mean a cookie and any other similar technology, such as web beacons, local stored objects (“Flash cookies”), and pixel tags.

We may combine information collected via cookies with information such as your IP address, the type of browser, device and operating system, for example to provide statistical information about visitors to this Website.

You can find out more about cookies at The user instructions for your browser or device will explain how you can control the use of cookies on your device.

Types of cookies used on this website

We use the following types of cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies: These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.
  • 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.
  • Third party cookies: Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

Cookies used on this website

Cookies to track logged-in status

Type: Strictly necessary cookies

Expiry: When you quit your browser

Purpose: We store a cookie when you log in to the site to track that fact and keep you signed in as you move around.

Google Analytics

Type: Analytical/performance cookies, third party cookies

Expiry: Ranges from 2 years to when you quit your browser

Purpose: These cookies collect information about how our visitors use this site. This data is collected anonymously, and is used to help improve this website’s functionality. For more information, see Google Analytics’ page on safeguarding your data.


Type: Third party cookies.

Expiry: Ranges from 3 years to when you quit your browser

Purpose: We use the AddThis service to allow you to easily share pages to social networks, or via email.


Please note that portions of this site may include embedded content, from sites such as YouTube or Vimeo or other networks. These sites may set cookies when you visit these pages. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

Rejecting cookies

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser or device that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of this Website, or may find that some features do not operate properly.

Changes to this policy

This cookies Policy may be amended by us at any time. Please check this page periodically so that you are aware of any changes.

Contact us

For further information from us on any of this Policy or for any queries relating to them, please contact us.

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