Training in better business writing

We help you to stand out from the crowd

Keep it crystal clear – don’t drown in jargon!

Write in plain English
Editing and proofreading services

Ensure your writing is clear, concise and readable

You’ll be in good company

Our clients include financial services, legal firms and the public sector

Choose a writing style that fits

We help you build an in-house style guide

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Are all your written communications strong, clear, concise and polished?

Do you want your intended readers to understand the first time they read? As ex-journalists, we understand your challenges – and we share our expertise to help you to write confidently and successfully at work.

Using plain English in a professional style helps you reach your intended readers. Plain English means adapting your language, tone and layout to make it easy for your target audiences to read, skim or scan – and get your messages quickly and effortlessly.

Our business-writing skills courses give you the skills to apply plain professional English to everything your write, from emails to reports and minutes. You can get the challenging, engaging and practical training you need, with tailored courses for small groups (delivered on your site). We can also edit and proofread anything you write.

Build your own style guide

An in-house style guide will help your organisation to communicate with a consistent style and tone of voice. We show you how to build your own. Read more

Contact information

There are many ways to present your contact details – but you should be consistent. Choose from the styles here.

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Dates and times

Decide how to write dates and times with our style guide

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Latest blog posts

20 words to avoid – if you want to write in plain English

What words are ‘plain English’ and what words are not? The basic rule is to use everyday words that your target audience is familiar with.

When you’re not sure if a word is plain, try using it in an ordinary sentence.

Would you say: ‘The meeting commenced at 9am’ or ‘The meeting started at 9am’?

Using everyday words makes your writing easier – and quicker – for everyone to read.

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Writing tips

Write what you mean. Avoid jargon. Cut dead wood. Don’t waffle. Use correct grammar and punctuation.

You don’t need to be an expert in grammar, punctuation and use of English to be a good writer. The trick is to know where you can get clear, correct and helpful information.

See our writing fact-sheets