We believe that information is most effective
when it is presented clearly, concisely and considerately.
How we got started
Every business starts with an idea. Ours was to make public documents exactly that – documents written FOR members of the public.
As we saw it, the problem with many publications is the style in which they’re written: long-winded and heavy on the jargon. Knowing that authors don’t set out to make their readers’ lives difficult, we wanted to help. And so Reporting for Business was born. Originally focusing on report writing, we have since broadened our services to include more Plain English editing and training.
‘Public writing, like public speaking, is a skill’ (Reporting for Business).
Who we are
My name is Emma Fossey, and I’ve been writing and editing documents of one sort or another for over 30 years. In a career spanning academia, central government and the wider public sector, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to experience the misery of unplain English at first hand! While most of my work has involved reports for publication, it includes a wide range of internal documents too. A post-doctoral researcher, I’m trained
in editing, proofreading and plain English. I’m also proud to be a judge for the
New Zealand Plain English Awards.
I’m supported by a talented group of associates, who between them cover a breadth of subjects – fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), the pharmaceutical industry, banking, charities, policing and cyber security.
‘If you spend more than an hour a day writing, then you are to an extent a professional writer’ (the Plain English Campaign).
‘If that hour or more is spent writing for a public audience, then you are a professional public writer’ (Reporting for Business).
Why choose us
Making our customers happy is what makes us happy. And all modesty aside, we’re a very happy bunch. Thanks to the various skills we bring – researcher, writer, editor, proofreader and trainer – every project we take on benefits from every area of our expertise. What’s more, a recent business personality test confirmed what we had already suspected: that we’re slightly fixated on high standards – of our services, your documents and writing generally.
Perhaps the best way to decide about us is to read what those we have already helped – most of whom are repeat customers – have said. Click here to visit our Testimonials page.