Our use of cookies

Our website (www.corporate.wolseley.co.uk) uses cookies and other similar tracking technologies, such as pixels, plugins, scripts, tags and device fingerprinting (which we collectively refer to as "cookies" in this Cookie Policy).

We use cookies for many reasons, for example to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our website.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer, smart phone, tablet or other electronic device if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your device's hard drive and some cookies may collect personal data about you.  You can find more general information about cookies at: www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.

Our use of cookies

We want you to understand the different types of cookies that are used on our website. We use a variety of types of cookies for the following purposes:

Strictly necessary cookies
These are cookies strictly necessary for the performance of our website, for example cookies that enables website content to be delivered securely and efficiently.

Non-essential cookies, which will include

Performance cookies
These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

Functionality cookies
These cookies are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

Targeting and marketing cookies
These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose, so that when you are on another website, you may be shown advertising based on your browsing patterns on our website. We may also show you advertising on our website based on your browsing patterns on other websites that we have obtained from our advertising partners.

You can find more information about the individual non-essential cookies we use on our website and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:


Cookie Name Description Category Expiry
#sitename#lang Stores the language version for a website Strictly necessary End of browser session
ASP.NET_SessionId ASP.Net_SessionId is a cookie used to identify the users' session on the server. The session used to store data in between off HTTP requests on server. Strictly necessary End of browser session
.ASPXAUTH .ASPXAUTH is a cookie to identify if the user is authenticated( As user's identity has been verified) Strictly necessary End of browser session
NREUM Need to re-write from source Strictly necessary End of browser session
NRAGENT NRAGENT cookie is created as a token handed out to an end user by "website-NAME" collector and cookie is set if user use Browser agent version v443 or lower. This cookie is used to communicate between the "Website's" collector aggregating end-user metrics and the agent(s) running in the associated web application. Strictly necessary End of browser session
__utma Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Optional 2 years from set/update
__utmt Used to throttle request rate. Optional 10 minutes
__utmb Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Optional 30 mins from set/update
__utmc Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit. Optional End of browser session
__utmz Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Optional 6 months from set/update
__utmv Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Optional 2 years from set/update
AWSELB AWS Classic Load Balancer creates load balancing cookie: used to map the session to the instance. Strictly necessary 1 Day
AWSALB Classic AWS load balancer first receives a request from a client, it routes the request to a target, generates a cookie named AWSALB that encodes information about the selected target, encrypts the cookie, and includes the cookie in the response to the client. Strictly necessary 1 Day
_CookieConsent _Cookieconsent cookie is a plugin used to comply with EU guideline Strictly necessary 90days
.ASPXFORMSAUTH This attribute is used to specify the HTTP cookie to use for authentication. Essential / Strictly Necessary End of browser session
.ASPXROLES Cookies used to keep track of if the visitor has any permissions on the website. Only used for logged in users Essential / Strictly Necessary End of browser session

*Duration means the period that our cookies are installed on your device.

How to manage cookies on our website

Cookies do lots of jobs on our website.  However, most browsers allow you to disable them if you would like to.  You can also disable certain non-essential cookies that are placed on your device when you access our website by clicking the 'Cookie Settings' link at the bottom of each web page on our website, or by clicking here. If you disable cookies, you may find that you have a less personalised experience on our website and that certain parts of our website do not work at all or do not work correctly.

Each browser is configured differently. To disable cookies via your browser settings, you should follow the instructions given by the publisher of your browser. As of the date of this Cookie Policy, these instructions are available for commonly used browsers through the following links:

If you use Microsoft Edge: https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy

If you use Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-vista/Block-or-allow-cookies

If you use Safari: https://support.apple.com/kb/ph21447?locale=en_US

If you use Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences

If you use Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en&hlrm=en

If you use different devices, make sure you configure the settings of the corresponding browser according to your preferences.

If you wish to opt-out of tracking by Google Analytics across all websites you can do so here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Except for essential cookies, our session cookies will expire after your browsing session.


We are committed to using cookies fairly and in accordance with applicable privacy rights. Our Privacy Policy can be accessed here

Further information

If you have any queries relating to this Cookie Policy please email wolseleyuk.communications@wolseley.co.uk.

Changes to this Cookie Policy

If this Cookie Policy changes, the revised policy will include a new effective date and will be posted on this page. Please check back regularly to keep informed of updates.

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