Privacy & Cookie Policies

Privacy & Cookie Policies

Who Will Own My Data Once I Submit It?

The Business Exchange which is part of Warrington Borough Council

Why Do You Need My Information?

As we will be engaging in a contract with you when you apply to become a member of the Business Exchange , we will need information to be able to keep in touch with you and to enable us to take payment for the annual membership. Details will then be stored securely for the length of the membership and will be used to inform all members of events, to enable us to send you the members monthly newsletter and for your details to be added to the members directory on the Business Exchange website.

What Allows You To Use My Information?

You will be entering into a contract with The Business Exchange and Warrington Borough Council by signing up to become a member of the Business Exchange

Who Will My Information Be Shared With?

Business Exchange members and members of the Business Exchange team

Do I Have To Provide This Information And What Will Happen If I Don’t?

We need to collect this information in order to create a membership for the Business Exchange, processing payment and thereafter communicating with the member i.e. newsletters and events.

Your information will be shown on the members’ directory on the Business Exchange website for other members to view. Members can unsubscribe from receiving the newsletter

How Long Will You Keep This Data For And Why?

The data will be kept for the term of the membership in order to inform the member of events, to send the members monthly newsletter and will appear on the members directory on the Business Exchange website. The data will be reviewed at the end of each membership period which will be annually.

How Will My Information Be Stored?

Your information will be encrypted and stored in a secure UK data centre

What Rights Do I Have When It Comes To My Data?

Under the General Data Protection Regulation, you might have more rights about what happens with your data. As different rights apply in different situations each request will be assessed on a case by case basis.

You have the right under the Data Protection Act 1998 (General Data Protection Regulation) to request a copy of your information and to know what it is used for and how it has been shared. This is called the right of subject access.

To request a copy of your data or ask questions about how it is used, please look at our webpages on Requests for Information available here:-

Who Can I Complain To If I Am Unhappy About How My Data Is Used?

If you are not satisfied with how your request has been dealt with, or if the information held about you is incorrect, you should email or write to Warrington Borough Council outlining your concerns.

If you then wish to make a complaint then please contact us using one of the methods below: Use the online complaints form

  • Email us at
  • Phone us on: 01925 443322
  • Write to us at: Contact Warrington, PO Box 5, New Town House, Warrington WA1 2NH
  • Visit us at: Contact Warrington, 26-30, Horsemarket Street, Warrington WA1 1XL

You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office using the following details: -

The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Cheshire SK9 5AF
Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Will This Information Be Used To Take Automated Decisions About Me?

No this information will not be used to take any automated decisions about you

Will My Data Be Transferred Abroad and Why?

No your information will not be transferred outside abroad

Cookies policy

A cookie is a small piece of text that a website asks your web browser to save to your computer. When you visit another page on the same website, or sometimes when you next visit the website, the web browser sends the cookie back to the website so it can remember your visit. Cookies can also improve your user experience, for example by remembering information you've already entered so that you don't have to type it again. This helps web managers to see how you use their website, allowing them to analyse visitor numbers and make improvements to the way the site works. Cookies aren't used to identify you personally.

The Warrington Business Exchange website requests cookies to:

  • enable logins and the filling in of forms (strictly necessary cookies)
  • check and improve the website's operation (performance cookies)
  • set language and page display options (functional cookies)

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around a website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided. The cookies contain an anonymous identifier that remains the same during the time you are on the website. Our website uses:

Name Provider Purpose Expires
wbex_session Warrington Business Exchange Used to maintain continuity as a browser moves around the site, it enables the site to keep a browser logged in or submit online forms When you close your browser, unless you specifically selected to remain logged in when logging in
XSRF-TOKEN Warrington Business Exchange Used to prevent Cross-Site Request Forgery exploits When you close your browser

Performance cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don't collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works. Our website uses:

Name Provider Purpose Expires
SID, SAPISID, APISID, SSID, HSID, NID, PREF Google Maps Various unique identifiers, except for PREF which stores your options such as preferred zoom level. Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a Google Map.
SIDCC Google Security cookie to protect users data from unauthorised access
_ga Google Collect Google Analytics data; identify unique users
Google's privacy Policy
Google Op-out
2 years
_gid Google Collect Google Analytics data; distinguish users 24 hours
__cfduid Cloudflare Used to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis. 24 hours

Functionality cookies

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For example they can be used to remember the font, text size, text spacing and colour preferences you have set. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites. Our website uses:

Name Provider Purpose Expires
cookieconsent_status Warrington Business Exchange Checks whether you have previously acknowledged that the website uses cookies and you're happy to proceed 1 year after the date you accept and close the cookie acknowledgment popup

Targeting cookies

These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaigns. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator's permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.

Our website does not request targeting cookies.

Third party cookies

When you visit a page with content embedded from third party sites, e.g. YouTube or Facebook, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. The council has no control over these cookies and you should check the third party websites for more information:

How to manage cookies

If you'd like to, you can set your browser to allow all cookies, or to allow only 'trusted' sites to send them, or to only accept cookies from websites you are currently using. We recommend that you don't block all cookies because parts of the website rely on them to work properly.

The way to manage your cookies depends on which browser you are using. Find out more:

If you prefer not to receive cookies then you won't be able to log in to this website, submit online forms, set text and colour preference or set the language. You can also choose to opt out of Google Analytics.

For more information you can also visit the About Cookies website or the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has a page explaining cookies.