When Big Society Capital provides services, our aim is to make them easy, useful and reliable.

Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device. For example, computer, mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies.

Cookies cannot be used to identify you personally.

These small files known as cookies are used to improve services for you.

For example:

  • Enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task
  • Recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
  • Measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • Analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with Government services so we can make them better

How Big Society Capital use Cookies

A session cookie is written the first time a user visits the site. The cookie will be updated on subsequent visits.
It is used internally by various modules/systems to improve efficiency and provide constant values throughout the user’s visit.

Big Society Capital Limited may also use website analytics tools provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”), known as Google Analytics. Google serves four cookies through this website and collects anonymised, aggregated data about visitors’ use of the website. The data Google collects enables Big Society Capital Limited to understand aggregated visitor activity across the website and how we may improve our website. This data does not enable any visitor to be personally identified, and includes:

  • Where a visitor came from (search engine, search keyword, link)
  • Each user’s amount of visits, and time of the first visit, previous visit and the current visit
  • Checks approximately how long you stay on site: when a visit starts, and approximately ends
  • Lastly they track the visitors movements around the site, so they change as each page is loaded

It is important to note that additionally, cookies may be written by 3rd party video providers (e.g. Vimeo) when that content is viewed.

No specific cookies are written when documents are downloaded or forms are submitted, but these actions are recorded by Google Analytics cookies.

This site also uses a third-party plugin created by ShareThis, Inc. (“ShareThis”) which allows pages to be shared on social media sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter). You can read about how ShareThis uses cookies on their website (this is an external link and is not the work of Big Society Capital).