Words have power - The Words Workshop, Milton Keynes-based copywriting services

Like this!

The word ‘like’ seems very often to be wrongly used in written English. Not when it's used as a verbal tick, which is annoying enough in itself, but when it means, ‘for example’.

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This is what I says ... The Words Workshop, Milton Keynes-based copywriting services

This is what I says

Has anyone noticed the very annoying trend to place all reported speech into the present tense?  It's wrong!  Well, that's what Steve Jordan says ...

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Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary and how it came to be


In 1857 the Philological Society decided it was time the world had a proper English dictionary to replace the ones in use at the time. Little did they know how difficult and time consuming it would be!

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Thank you

Someone who can do you no good

Steve Jordan believes that just a brief word of thanks, a small kindness, can create a warm impression and unknowable benefits.

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Ransomware

The dangers of ransomware

Is your company ready for a ransomware attack? By Darren Frostick of Leading Edge Market Solutions.

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Brexit implications

What does the 'leave' vote means for UK employment law?

On 23 June the UK voted in the EU Referendum to leave the European Union. What implications will there be on UK employment law?

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Dark Data

Bring Your Dark Data into the Light

How do you get your dark data under control and how can you derive benefit from it? John Culkin from Crown Records Management, offers advice.

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Brexit impact on UK property

How has Brexit affected the UK property market?

reallymoving.com have published a detailed analysis of the impact of Brexit on the UK property market. The analysis shows that both transaction volumes and property values are down by 8%.

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So ... The Words Workshop, Milton Keynes-based copywriters

So annoying

Have you noticed the fashion for preceding the answer to any question with the word ‘so’?   Steve Jordan, MD of The Words Workshop has and it's driving him crazy.

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The Words Workshop, Milton Keynes-based copywriting services - First Aid at Work

The wisdom to know the difference

Steve Jordan has just completed a First Aid at Work refresher course. Here he gives his views on backside covering, and that's not a first aid technique!

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Afternoon tea - The Words Workshop, Milton Keynes copywriters
Afternoon tea for the MD

Milton Keynes copywriters The Words Workshop stopped for afternoon tea to celebrate MD Steve Jordan's birthday ... any excuse for cake! 

Do you know the origins of afternoon tea?

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Hello, my name is & FIRSTNAME

Dear & FIRSTNAME

Being addressed as Dear & FIRSTNAME in an e-mail didn't give David Jordan, Director at The Words Workshop, a warm feeling inside, let alone make him want to respond in a positive way.

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Brexit - in or out of Europe?

In or out of Europe?

Steve Jordan, Managing Director of Milton Keynes-based copywriters The Words Workshop, shares his views on Brexit.

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The Planet Mark - Act on 7 logo

The Planet Mark launches ‘Act On 7’ campaign to help businesses cut carbon footprints

The Planet Mark has launched a new campaign to help businesses make improvements on their carbon reduction programme.

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Writing copy for websites

Writing copy for websites

Writing for the web is not a black art but, to do your website justice, you’re probably better off leaving it to a professional as DIY website content can lose you business.

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Creative writing, let your mind wander ...

Creative writing - the unwelcome truth

Creative writing is not a science, it’s an art. Steve Jordan, MD of The Words Workshop, doesn't think it's something that can be learnt by taking a creative writing course.

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Communications at work

Is there a right to privacy at work?

Does the law allow employers to monitor an employee's communications in the workplace? Laura Smith, a solicitor in the Backhouse Jones employment team, has the answer.

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Houses

Housing sales fall by 2% across the UK's top 20 cities

UK city level house prices are up by over 10% but sales are down 2% as market braces for impact of Britain leaving the EU and stamp duty changes.

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Milton Keynes copywriters explore the mysteries of print - David Jordan, Director

Milton Keynes copywriters explore the mysteries of print

David Jordan recently attended a seminar in Milton Keynes about making the most of the expertise your printer has to offer, rather than just looking for the lowest price.  Here's a useful suggestion that he'd like to share.

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Copywriting services

Using copywriting services to make the most of PR

Copywriting services don't have to be expensive and involve high-priced agencies, with a little effort you can get your stories in the press for free.

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Creative writing hats on for charity

Creative writing hats on!

Staff at The Words Workshop supported the 'Wear a Hat Day' brain tumour awareness event.

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Thames crossing

New tunnel for London

Proposals for a new multi-billion pound road link across the River Thames between Essex and Kent have been announced.

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Does your PR story pass the 'So what?' test?

Does your PR story pass the ‘So what?' test?

Getting a story about your business in the press doesn’t happen by magic - and it’s not a black art - but knowing a thing or two about what editors are looking for can make sure that your story ends up in the newspaper and not in the waste paper bin.

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Paying suppliers

Ignorant, insolvent or unreasonable – which are you?

Do your trade customers take an age to pay you? They do! Have you ever wondered why? Here, Steve Jordan suggests that the old accounting rules just don’t apply in today’s financial environment.


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Gender Pay

Draft reporting regulations on gender pay published

The government published draft gender pay reporting regulations for consultation on 12 February, 2016. These regulations are due to come into force on 1 October, 2016.

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Minimum Wage

Are you ready for the National Living Wage?

UK workers aged over 25 and earning the minimum national wage of £6.70 per hour will see a 50p increase from 1 April, 2016.

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Welcome to Scotland

New tax code for Scottish taxpayers

With effect from 6 April, 2016 the Scottish rate of Income Tax comes into effect.


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Driverless cars

Driverless cars projects are given £20 million government boost

Government funding of £20 million has been awarded to eight projects to develop the next generation of driverless vehicles.


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EU Referendum: 'Brexit' - a simple way to decide how to vote

'Brexit': in or out?

Steve Jordan, MD of The Words Workshop, believes there is a simple way to decide.

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Calendar

New dividend tax system from April 1, 2016

The way dividends are to be taxed will change from 6 April, 2016.



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Steve Jordan, Managing Director, The Words Workshop

Does good English matter in business?

Steve Jordan fumes when he sees public notices with glaring errors, especially when so-called professionals (writers, designers and printers) have been paid handsomely to produce them.

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Supply chain phishing

Phishing with supply chains

Typically, criminals will be searching for the easiest way into your data systems – but have you ever considered if the weak link lies within your supply chain? By James Moore, Senior Security Consultant for Phish’d at MWR InfoSecurity.

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Macmillan Cancer Care

Steve Jordan asks, "Do you know what Macmillan Cancer Care does?"

Macmillan is one of the leading cancer support charities in the UK. You probably think you know what the charity does but, I suspect you don’t. Please read on.

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Branding basics

Branding basics: by Simon Taylor, freelance Graphic Designer

In a world where effective marketing can be the difference between success and failure, branding is a key element, and it's only likely to become more important.

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Recovering unnecessary costs from your bank

Are you paying unnecessary bank costs?

It's essential to be as profitable as possible, but even if you are scrutinising costs closely it’s likely you are incurring sizeable business costs unnecessarily.  In fact, you could be incurring £50,000 of extra costs annually, probably more, just by failing to look at one vital area of your business.

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