Cookie policy

South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of this website. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.

Cookies help SOSE to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allow us to improve our website. We assume that you are happy to receive all the cookies that your browser settings allow. You can change your cookie settings at any time.

We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies - These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas 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.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in this table:

Cookie name Purpose Expiry
Azure webservices    
ARRAffinity This cookie is set by websites run on the Windows Azure cloud platform. It is used for load balancing to make sure the visitor page requests are routed to the same server in any browsing session. The main purpose of this cookie is: Strictly Necessary When the browsing session ends
Google Analytics    
_ga This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.Examples of purposes for which a cookie may be used:Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Expires after 2 years
_gat Used to limit the collection of analytics data on high traffic websites. Expires after 1 minute
_gid This cookie is used to distinguish unique users. Expires when the browser is closed.
cookiesAccepted If you dismiss our cookies banner we store this information so that the banner is not displayed if you return to the website. Expires after 90 days

This website will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by this, or any third party websites, you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit the  About cookies  website, which contains comprehensive information about cookies and how to restrict or delete cookies on a wide variety of browsers

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of the website.

This and our other websites use a number of suppliers who set cookies on our behalf in order to deliver the services that they are providing. We are constantly reviewing our use of cookies and, as such, this cookies policy will be regularly renewed to include up to date information about the cookies used by our suppliers. We would highly recommend that you check this page on a regular basis.