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Website Accessibility

It is estimated that there are almost 10 million people in the UK with some form of disability – one in six of the population (National Audit Office 2015)

We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.

The following features designed to improve accessibility for users with disabilities:

  • This website endeavours to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.
  • This site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for XHTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant XHTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly.
  • Tab indexes are set such that the content links are presented first in the sequence they appear on the page.
  • Navigation items have background changes to highlight links and current page.
  • Links are written to make sense out of context.
  • Links to external web sites open up a new browser window where this is supported by the browser otherwise the same browser window is used.
  • This web site can be navigated without the use of a mouse.
  • All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes.
  • Content has been separated from visual design and cascading style sheets (CSS) are used for visual layout.
  • Only relative font sizes, compatible with the user specified “text size” option in visual browsers are used.
  • If your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

More information on accessibility along with advice on using Internet browsers is on the BBC MY Web, My Way website

From time to time it is necessary to carry out changes and developments to areas of the website, unfortunately during these times these areas may not fully conform to the accessibility guidelines outlined above.

If you should experience any difficulty in accessing any area of the website, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the contact form provided outlining the exact nature of the problem and your contact details.

Cookies

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files used to provide or enhance the services we offer online. They are small files stored on your computer. We use them on this website to allow us to measure visitor numbers, and to enhance functionality in some areas. Our cookies do not contain any personal information about you. You can choose to refuse cookies. We encourage you to accept the cookies our website uses as they help us to improve the user experience for you.

To control cookies use the controls in your browser. A summary of these is available on the All About Cookies website: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/

For more information on the law and cookies see the EU Cookie law page on the Information Commissioner’s Office website https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-pecr/cookies/

Essential Cookies

These cookies ensure the website performs and you can use all of its features.

A full list is available on the WordPress cookies page: https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Cookies

Information cookies

These cookies collect anonymous information about how a website visitor uses the website. They are anonymous and don’t collect any information that could identify you. The benefit of this is it allows us to see how the website performs and which bits people want to use.

A full list, including information cookies, is available on the WordPress cookies page: https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Cookies

Google Analytics is used on this website and you can find out more on the Cookie Law website: http://www.cookielaw.org/google-analytics-eu-cookie-law/

Alternatively you can opt out of Google Analytics for all websites https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Website functions cookies

These cookies remember any preferences you might set when using the website. For example, if you set the text size and any customisation options. They can include commenting information on pages as well.

A full list of the relevant WordPress cookies is available on their cookies page: https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Cookies

Third party cookies

Most third party cookies allow links to other websites. In particular this type of cookie connects to social and sharing websites like Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. Using these cookies allows you to share interesting content without leaving the website.

Internet Advertising Bureau A guide to behavioural advertising and online privacy has been produced by the Internet advertising industry which can be found at: http://www.youronlinechoices.eu

International Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom Information on the ICC (UK) UK cookie guide can be found on the ICC website section: http://www.international-chamber.co.uk/our-expertise/digitaleconomy