Let me sweep up a couple of issues. My current ISP offers POP3 only whereas my previous ISP offered both POP3 and IMAP. Sadly, e-mail was down fair too often for my liking. Currently, we have 4 Apple devices in the house. They are all set to POP3. Previously, I had my IPhone, IPad and Macbook set to IMAP and my main desktop set to POP3 with the same e-mail address. This meant that I could clear all the rubbish off my portable devices at one go but I still had all my e-mails on my main computer.
I note that most e-mail hosts come with a domain. An email address of firstname.lastname@example.org
has to be better than my current e-mail address which is @domain.myisp.co.uk.
Thanks for all the inputs.