A little about what I do
Telling business stories in a regional, national and international context.
Helping clients to tell their stories and explain complex ideas so that they are easily understood.
Collating copy from various sources, creating editorial style guides and editing for accuracy, clarity and consistency.
From the blog
I’ve just found out about a radical proposal to solve road traffic congestion on Riverside. This huge viaduct would run from Bracondale over the top of the station and on to Thorpe Road. But don’t panic – it’s never likely to be built. It’s in the City of Norwich Plan for 1945. I’m researching Norwich’s […]
More than a thousand years of #Norwich’s history is crammed into Colegate, and that’s the story I shared at Norfolk Network’s Colegate Christmas party. My self-imposed challenge was to tell the story in just eight locations (all clearly visible today) and to invite you to imagine the people who’ve lived and worked here, making our […]
Here’s another quick look, before we reveal the whole story at Norfolk Network’s Colegate Christmas party tomorrow. This grand townhouse was built for wealthy textile merchants around 1730. It wasn’t just a lovely family home, with a big riverside garden – it was the hub of their business: showrooms, workshops and warehouses were clustered around […]
Work in progress: here’s a sneak peek at a detail of the Colegate story in Norwich. It’s part of a map showing a tour of Colegate and its historic buildings, which I’ve been developing with specialist visualiser JC3DVIS. Guess where it is… a clue: you can eat very well there nowadays but it used to […]
Work in progress: I’m researching the remarkable story of Colegate, in the heart of historic Norwich-over-the-water. Over the centuries its inhabitants have made huge fortunes for our fine city – and occasionally lost them too. It’s been home to Viking raiders, textile merchants and shoe manufacturers. And now it’s reinventing itself for the 21st century. […]
I’ve been in Doha, Qatar, writing about the $10.4bn Barzan Gas Project for RasGas. Working with The Point again and other media partners, we’ve been developing a commemorative book – 166+ pages – over a period of around six months. Barzan is one of the world’s largest natural gas projects to date, and the book […]
Working with public and private sector clients regionally, nationally and internationally
Arcadis, Netherlands • British Standards Institute (BSI) • The Cabinet Office • Capgemini • Crown Prosecution Service • Department for Education and Skills • ExxonMobil • Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) • HM Treasury • House of Commons • Improvement and Development Agency(I&DeA) • IACCM (International Association for Commercial and Contract Management), USA • KPMG • London Borough of Lambeth • Maersk • National Archives • NHS Executive • Norfolk County Council • Office of Government Commerce • Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC) • RasGas, Qatar • Strategic Forum for Construction • The Scottish Parliament • The Stationery Office (TSO) • Van Haren Publishing, Netherlands.
More about Jane Chittenden
For more than 25 years I’ve been immersed in words. Beautiful books and typography have always been my passion. But words are what I love best: words that tell stories, explain complex ideas, make sense of things. Words that pinpoint a message perfectly.
Effective writing isn’t as simple as it looks, especially the challenge of identifying the key messages, the things that really matter. That’s where innovative thinking makes a difference.
There’s a craft to effective writing too: attention to detail. The right words, in the right order, applying the rules of ‘house style’ but not making a straitjacket of those rules.
To keep up to speed with the fast-changing world of business writing, I’m a member of the writing collective 26.