Trading Standards business advice | Oxfordshire County Council

Trading Standards business advice

How we can help you with a wide range of consumer laws and keeping livestock.

How we can help you

Trading Standards offers business advice on a variety of consumer laws including metrology, product safety, food labelling, website compliance, statutory information and keeping livestock.

We have officers experienced in Trading Standards law who can answer your questions efficiently and quickly. We will provide you with clear information free of jargon. 

We also work closely with our colleagues at Fire and Rescue and we can put you in touch with them for advice.

For advice and guidance, use the Business Companion as your first call.

Initial business advice

We offer free basic initial advice to signpost you to the best sources of information. If you require more bespoke, tailored advice, we offer this at a competitive rate.

Regular advice

If you are looking for help on a more regular basis and require advice that can be relied on (assured advice), then a primary authority agreement may be better for you. Please refer to our fees and charges (pdf format, 88Kb) for prices.

Fees and charges

Advice to start-up businesses is free, however, advice to established businesses is offered on a cost recovery basis. Check our fees and charges (pdf format, 88Kb). All prices are subject to VAT at 20 per cent except licences.

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Weights and measures testing

We offer an efficient, customer-focused and cost-effective testing service, not only to businesses but also to local authorities and enforcement agencies. 

We can test various types of weighing and measuring equipment and issue certificates of accuracy traceable to National Standards.

Examples include:

  • most types of weights (ranging from 1mg to 25kg) accuracy class M1
  • weighing machines from shop and medical scales to weighbridges
  • commercial brake testers
  • fishing scales
  • measuring tapes/horse measuring sticks
  • proving tanks
  • liquid fuel measures.

We can offer on-site testing of equipment for a wide range of customers from small shops to large manufacturers.

Certified weights are also available for hire up to 2 tonne.

Check our fees and charges (pdf format, 88Kb).

Equipment verification

We are a notified body for non-automatic weighing instruments and assess conformity to EU-type examination certificate based on product verification.

We are a notified body for fuel dispenser measuring Instruments and assess conformity to EU-type examination certificate based on instrument verification.

We are a notified body for automatic catchweighers and assess conformity to EU-type examination certificate based on instrument verification.

Check our fees and charges (pdf format, 88Kb).

Last reviewed
18 January 2018
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