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Business advice

Consumer law can be complex - we want to provide you with a service which meets your needs yet is cost effective and of high quality.

Trading Standards offers business advice on a variety of consumer laws including product safety (protective equipment, electric equipment, construction products), how to label your food products, website compliance (terms and conditions and other statutory information) and keeping livestock.

We have officers experienced in Trading Standards law, but have also work and knowledgeable officers who can answer your query efficiently and in a lot of cases, the first time. We will provide you with information that is understandable, not in legal jargon. 

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

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

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 for current prices.

Fees and charges

Advice to start-up businesses is free, however, advice to established businesses is offered on a cost recovery basis.

Details of our fees and charges (pdf format, 88Kb) are also listed. All prices are subject to VAT at 20 per cent except licences.

Pages in this section

Business Companion

Free, impartial legal guidance for businesses.

Home page for the business companion website.

Weights and measures

Information about the testing service provided by Oxfordshire Trading Standards.

Petrol pump testing equipment

Buy with confidence

How to view our list of checked local businesses and how to enrol on the scheme.

Buy with confidence logo

Weight restriction enforcement

Information about Weight Restriction Orders for drivers and residents who want to report breaches.

Road sign

Weighbridges

Where to find a public weighbridge, how to operate one, and how to avoid overloading.

Licences

Find out who to contact about a range of different licences.

Signing document

New business videos

Guidance for new business start ups.

image taken from a video

Business Focus

How to receive our business focused eNewsletter.

woman using a computer mouse

Fire safety advice for businesses

Advice and how to comply with the law.

Two firefighters with a hose fighting a fire in a barn.

Fire safety training

Courses offered by Oxfordshire County Council's Commercial Fire Safety training unit.

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