What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that is sent to your computer's hard drive when you visit a website. When you visit the website again, the cookie allows that site to remember who you are.
A cookie typically contains the name of the website from which it has come, the lifespan of the cookie and a value. The value is usually a unique code that will only make sense to the website that has issued it. Cookies remember things like your colour scheme preferences, what's in your shopping cart or that you've already logged in so you don't need to do it for every page you visit on a website. Cookies can also be used to measure how people use websites and what kind of browsers or devices they're using.
Our website uses six cookies. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we put on your computer if you agree. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of the website which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.
The cookies we use on our website are 'analytical' cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site when they're using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example by making sure users are finding what they need easily. You can read more about the individual analytical cookies we use and how to recognise them here.
We also use an X-Mapping cookie. The X-Mapping cookie is sent by the server to keep the user's browser sessions intact as we load balance and use a clustered array of servers. If a user reloads a page they could be served the content from another server entirely but this cookie tracks the user to the same server.