This Cookie Notice applies to anyone who visits www.localheroes.ie (the “Website”). It explains how we may collect data from you when you visit the Website and how we use that information. Please note that the use of the Website is also subject to the Privacy Policy​ and the “Website Terms and Conditions”.

Like most companies, we use cookies, pixels, and other similar technologies, to improve our website, follow up on incomplete orders, and to show you relevant adverts. We also share information about your use of our website with our social media, advertising and analytics partners, who may combine it with other information about you, to show you relevant ads on other websites, and to measure the performance of our advertising.

We will only use these for non-essential purposes with your consent, which you can give by clicking "Accept All Cookies". You can also provide your consent to the use of specific cookies by clicking “Manage My Preferences”. Your consent to the use of cookies will last for 6 months unless you disable them. After 6 months, we will prompt you to refresh your consent and review your cookie settings the next time you visit the Website. You can withdraw consent at any time, and you can adjust the cookies you want to receive by opting in or out in “Manage My Preferences”. Alternatively, you can manage your cookie settings by clicking on “Cookie Settings” at the bottom of our home page. You can click on the different category headings to find out more and make your selection. However, blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience of the use of the Website and the services we are able to offer.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in your web browser while you are browsing a website. By way of example, providing access to this Cookie Notice in itself relies on the use of a cookie.

Cookies can be categorised in a number of different ways:

  • Session cookies are stored in your device’s temporary memory (not your hard drive) while you’re browsing a website. Usually these cookies are deleted when you close the browser and so session cookies remain active only until you leave a site.
  • Persistent cookies remain stored on your hard drive, persisting from session to session until you delete them, or they reach a set expiration date. Persistent cookies can store information such as log-in details, bookmarks, credit card details and preferred settings and themes - resulting in a faster and smoother web journey.

Who can set cookies on our Websites?

Each type of cookie can be set and controlled by the operator of the website which the user is browsing, in this instance Bord Gáis Energy (Local Heroes) (known as a 'first party' cookie) or a third party such as Facebook, for example to display advertisements and social sharing features, (known as a 'third party' cookie).

What kind of cookies do we use on the Website?

We use cookies for a number of different purposes on the Website. Certain cookies are essential in order for you to use the Website. Other cookies are non-essential and are usually supplied by our business partners to help us to provide content and advertising that’s interesting and relevant to you. We also use some non-essential cookies for analytical purposes which you can opt out of at any time.

  1. Strictly necessary cookies
    Strictly necessary cookies are essential to enable you to navigate around the Website and use its features. These enable the Website to provide a safe environment and deliver basic functionalities. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. These cookies are necessary for the normal functioning of the Website and cannot be opted out of or blocked. These cookies allow you to create a job and find a tradesperson on our platform.

  2. First Party Analytical Cookies
    First party analytical cookies allow us to track visitor behaviour on our Website. They are used to measure and improve the performance of our Website and to make sure that the Website works as it should for users. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the Website. None of this information can be used to identify you; it is all aggregated and, therefore, completely anonymised. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our Website, and will not be able to monitor and optimise its performance.

  3. Performance Cookies
    Performance cookies collect information about how you use our Website. They allow us to collect and manage traffic data on our Website. These cookies gather information about how the Website is used, including which pages visitors go to most often They allow us to personalise and test pages, layouts and designs for specific groups of users and, in some cases, might be able to track individual journeys so we can closely see how the Website is being used, where we can improve it and if our improvements are easy to use. We use performance & analytics cookies to help us improve our Website and online services. These cookies are anonymous and aggregated – they don't collect information that identifies a visitor. These cookies are used to:
    • Provide statistics on website usage
    • Help us improve the Website by identifying patterns and errors
    • Set video streaming speeds that are compatible with your browser
  4. Functionality Cookies
    Functionality cookies allow our Website to remember choices you have made and help to provide an enhanced, more personal experience on our Website. These cookies enable the Website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these features on our Website may not function properly. Here are some examples of how we use these cookies:
    • Allow a visitor view the tradesperson’s information
    • Allow a visitor to share content on our Website and social networks
  5. Marketing Cookies
    Marketing cookies are used by us and our trusted third-party advertisers to help us compile web statistics on an advertising campaign, or to determine how to serve the most relevant ads to the right audience. These cookies may be set through our Website by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to track conversions, build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. We enter into robust contracts with such third party advertisers to ensure that they are also committed to keeping your data secure. These cookies are used to:
    • Help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign
    • Limit the number of times you see an advertisement
    • Determine the most relevant ads to show you, for products and services

    If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising. A guide to behavioural advertising and online privacy has been compiled by the internet advertising industry and can be found at http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/

  6. Social Media Cookies
    Social media cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the Website to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.

Here are the third-party cookies we use on the Wwebsite:

Third Party
Service
Type Description
of Purpose
Expiry
Date
More Information & how to opt out
Google
Analytics
First Party
Analytical
Cookies
Website
traffic
tracking &
analysis
Up to 2
years from
set/update
Learn more about how Google Analytics uses
cookies to measure user-interactions on
websites


How to opt out:
Download a browser add on from Google to opt
out of Google Analytics cookies
or opt out via
your browser settings
Doubleclick
Floodlight
Tags
Marketing
Cookies
Google
DoubleClick
online
advertising
Up to 30
days from
set/update
For more information about Doubleclick
cookies visit the Google Advertising Privacy
FAQ.


How to opt out:
Opt-out of ads personalisation using Google’s Ads
Settings
to no longer receive personalised
advertising from Google.
Google Ad
Services
Marketing
Cookies
Real time
online
advertising
platform
Up to 2
years from
set/update
http://www.google.com/ads/

How to opt out:
Opt-out of ads personalisation using Google’s Ads
Settings

to no longer receive personalised
advertising from Google.
Facebook
Business
Marketing
Cookies
Facebook
custom
audiences
Up to 3
months
from
set/update
https://www.facebook.com/business/a/custom-audiences

How to opt out:
http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ie/your-ad-choices
YouTube Functionality
Cookies
Video
watching &
sharing
service
Up to 6
months
from
set/update
Tries to estimate the users' bandwidth on pages
with integrated YouTube videos. Registers a unique
ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube
the user has seen.

How to opt out:
http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ie/your-ad-choices

How to manage your cookies Local Heroes will not place any cookies on your device without your consent except for those classed as strictly necessary or First Party Analytical Cookies.

You can always disable cookies through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. If you delete cookies relating to our Website, we will not remember things about you, including your cookie preferences, and you will be treated as a first-time visitor the next time you visit the site.

You can set your browser to notify you when cookies are active, or you may choose not to accept cookies at all. In addition, you can delete cookies that have already been set. For more information about how to disable cookies in your browser please visit the <a href=”https://www.allaboutcookies.org/” target=”_blank”All About Cookies</a> website.

If you share the use of a computer, accepting or rejecting the use of cookies will affect all users of that computer.

Local Heroes uses Google Analytics to collect information about how visitors use our Websites. The cookies used by this product collect information in an anonymous form. If you wish to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics on the Website please visit: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Revisions to this Cookie Notice Bord Gáis Energy (Local Heroes) may revise this Cookie Notice from time to time. Any significant changes to this Cookie Notice will be posted here so you should periodically check this page to review the most recent and up to date Cookie Notice.

Version November 2020