What you need to know about weighing equipment, average quantity and unit pricing. Also, weights and measures guidance, where to get your equipment calibrated and where to find a public weighbridge.
You can find guidance for trade use of weighing equipment on the business companion website:
Business companion - Weights and measures (external website)
Further information about the controls required when packages are made up or imported by weight or volume can be found on the business companion website:
Business companion - Packaged goods (external website)
In addition, further information about small bakers and average weight can be found on it's own page on the business companion website:
Business companion - Small bakers and average weight (external website)
You can find specific weights and measures guidance on the business companion website for the areas mentioned in the below links:
Business companion - Weight and measures for butchers (external website)
Business companion - Weight and measures for fishmongers (external website)
Business companion - Weight and measures for greengrocers (external website)
Business companion - Labelling of honey (external website)
Business companion - Labelling of jam and similar products (external website)
Business companion - Labelling of food for caterers (external website)
The following page on the business companion website explains about the law on the indication of the selling price in shops and it goes on to cover when you must display the price per unit of weight or measure:
Business companion - Price marking of goods for retail sale (external website)
The Humber Authorities Calibration Services was set up as a partnership between East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hull City Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and North Lincolnshire Council, and can calibrate a range of weighing and measuring equipment, as well as offering hire of weights.
Humber Authorities Calibration Services (external website)
A list of public weighbridges in the East Riding of Yorkshire Council area can be found in the following document.
Public weighbridges in the East Riding of Yorkshire (pdf 157kb opens in new window)
The following organisations offer advice or information to businesses:
The National Measurement Office (NMO) is an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and is based in Teddington. Its role is to ensure the UK’s system of weights and measures is fair, accurate and legal so that consumers and businesses have confidence.
National Measurement Office (external website)
GOV.UK website is a government online resource for all. It has a section aimed at businesses and the self-employed. It contains essential information about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you're self-employed or a sole trader.
GOV.UK – Businesses and self-employed (external website)