Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. CHS uses the following Cookies on this site: 

  • _ga – used to distinguish unique users that are non-identifiable
  • _gat - used to throttle request rate 

These are both used by Carat Edinburgh and Google Analytics to gather information on user behaviour on the website. The details of what this is used for is as follows:

  • Determine which domain to measure
  • Distinguish unique users
  • Throttle the request rate
  • Remember the number and time of previous visits
  • Remember traffic source information
  • Determine the start and end of a session
  • Remember the value of visitor-level custom variables

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit or To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit