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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we've had to change the way we work. But we're still here if you need us. Rather than phoning us, please send an email to info@plainenglish.co.uk and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

 

Plain English Campaign

We’ve edited, rewritten, clarified and Crystal-Mark approved over 23,000 documents worldwide since 1979.

Editing and proofreading services

Transform and clarify your documents with our editing services.

Training

Learn plain English principles where you are or at a venue near you.

Accreditation

Crystal Mark, Internet Crystal Mark, Approved by, Book Mark and Honesty Mark – find out which seal of excellence you need and why.

Corporate Membership

Become a Plain English Campaign corporate member - save money and carry our logo on your documents.

Customised style guides and copywriting

Copywriting and consultation services

We can work with you to create a custom-made style guide or write a document.

Campaigning and awards

Our annual award winners, past campaigns and examples of communication at its worst.

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Virtual open courses

Due to Covid-19 we're temporarily running our open courses online.

These cost £200 + VAT.

Ideal if you only have one or two people to train.

Translation service

We can translate your simple document from one of six languages into plain English.


 

Latest news:-

Online Plain English Diploma course

Until recently, the workshops for our diploma course were held in London and Manchester, so it wasn’t feasible for vast numbers of people to attend.


With the changes that have been made to people’s working arrangements, we’ve had to adapt. As a result, we’ve moved our diploma course online and can now offer it to more people than ever before. So, no matter where you are working, anywhere in the world, you can now enjoy our most popular course.

We run the first workshop online over two consecutive days. You then complete five assignments and email them over to us. We’ll mark and grade them and send them back to you.

You will also need to prepare a presentation, which you will deliver online to the rest of the group.

Don’t worry if you’re not sure about any of these details – we’re here to support you before, during and after the course.

Contact Terri Schabel on 01663 744409 or email terri.schabel@plainenglish.co.uk for more details.

2021 plain English awards

You can view our plain English awards for 2021

GDPR help for small businesses

Since May 2018 small businesses need to be GDPR compliant. What does this mean?

The way companies communicate with their users, and how they handle and process the information they hold about their users, will need to change. This is so all company practice falls in line with new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) guidelines. The guidelines are EU-led, but identical guidelines will almost certainly be written into post-Brexit UK legislation.

Read more: GDPR help for small businesses

Child-friendly Facebook Terms and Conditions

The children’s commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, has produced ‘child-friendly’ plain English versions of Facebook’s terms and conditions.

We’ve often highlighted the need to simplify online terms and conditions on platforms such as Instagram and YouTube. Many users of those sites probably still don’t realize how their images and footage might be used once posted online.

Read more: Child-friendly Facebook Terms and Conditions

The Internet Crystal Mark – why you need one

A website that puts obstacles in front of its audience is not doing its job properly. Get rid of any on your website, and get our Crystal Mark accreditation to boot.

Obviously, easy-to-understand text is very important. But what if that text is badly laid out, difficult to read or hard to find?

Read more: The Internet Crystal Mark – why you need one

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