Business report writing course

Atherton Training Consultants

Email: Tony Atherton

Phone: 07976-390960

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Well over 150 courses run so far

One-day. Up to 12 delegates from your organisation at your premises.

This report writing course is presented at your premises by an experienced trainer who is also a published writer. He has presented it well over 150 times so far. Clients include Nestle, RBS, Ofsted, FSC Gibraltar, Virgin Media and many others.

"An excellent course - very involving and up to date".

COURSE AIM - Report Writing Course

To help delegates to write business reports that are clear, concise and easy to read and understand. It covers the principles and practice of preparing, writing and editing reports.

COURSE CONTENT - Report Writing Course


  • What types of business report do you write?
  • What do you like and dislike about report writing?
  • What distinguishes a good business report from a poor one?
  • Some extracts to critique.
  • Three stages of report writing: Plan, Write Edit.
  • Three goals: better, shorter, faster.

  • Agreeing the objectives or terms of reference.
  • Readers first. Who are they and what do they need?
  • How much detail is needed to achieve your objectives?
  • What do you want your readers to know and do after reading your report?
  • How do you want them to react to it?
  • Achieving a logical flow the readers can follow easily - the structure.
  • Sections and subsections, Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Body, etc.
  • Who reads what?
  • Writing an Executive Summary that all can understand.
  • Structuring complex information - your argument.
  • Using illustrations and tables.
  • Your Plan!

  • Going from plan to draft.
  • The order in which to write the sections.
  • Determining style.
  • Titles, headings and subheadings.
  • Numbering systems.
  • Using short paragraphs and short sentences.
  • Using appropriate words and jargon; plain English.
  • Using pronouns - or not.
  • Bullet points and lists.
  • Captions and labels for illustrations and tables.
  • Using appendices.

  • Going from draft to finished report.
  • Editing for accuracy, brevity and clarity.
  • Eliminating waffle, superfluous words and wordy phrases.
  • The Microsoft grammar and style checkers.
  • Plain English.
  • Passive and active verbs.
  • Using fewer 'Smothered' or 'Hidden' verbs.
  • Superfluous adjectives and adverbs.
  • Conventions for writing numbers. 
  • Some troublesome points of English grammar and style.
  • Being wary of sexism.
  • Punctuation - reference list.

WHO IS IT FOR? - Report Writing Course

The course is for anyone who wants to improve their written communication skills, especially when writing reports.

IS THERE A TRACK RECORD? - Report Writing Course

Whilst writing good business reports can be difficult, the skills can be learned and this report writing course has made the task easier for over 1600 people so far. It's also made checking and approving reports quicker and easier for their managers, and made reading them easier for their readers.

The course has been presented over 150 times including at the following organisations as well as many others:

  • ACCA
  • Avon and Wiltshire NHS
  • Barclaycard
  • Baxter
  • Bombardier Transport
  • Careers Wales West
  • Centrica

  • Computershare
  • Dairy Crest
  • DRS
  • Dunnett Shaw
  • Financial Services Commission Gibraltar
  • Inland Revenue
  • Nestle
  • Ofsted
  • Quest
  • RBS
  • Scott Wilson
  • Univar
  • Virgin Media


    Please email or phone for a quotation. Email direct to Tony Atherton or phone 07976-390960.


    The training style is very interactive and uses talks, examples, discussions, group and individual work in a mix that is as appropriate as possible to the delegates. We will need to discuss your priorities with you before your course, which may mean your course is slightly different from the details above.

    A handbook combining course notes and reference material is given to every delegate.


    As a training consultant and published writer, Tony draws on a career in both the public and private sectors. For five years he was Training Manager at NTL and since 1997 he has been an independent trainer and writer.

    He has trained thousands of delegates from blue-chip organisations - both independently and on behalf of large training companies including the former Institute of Management, Reed Learning, Fielden-Cegos and Right-Coutts. He has also inspected government-funded training on behalf of the Training Standards Council and the Adult Learning Inspectorate (now part of Ofsted). As a published writer he has four books and around 90 articles to his name.


    • Excellent course. Thank you.
    • Overall, very impressed with today's training.
    • Excellent delivery of course and an obvious expertise in Report Writing.
    • Excellent training, got the message across in an entertaining and productive manner.
    • I really enjoyed today. Tony made everything easy to understand.
    • Felt Tony made the report writing course very enjoyable, determined from the outset what was relevant.
    • Very good course - struck perfect balance - just what I needed and no more. Thank you Tony.
    • Please pass on my thanks to Tony for the the training on Report Writing yesterday. The group had an excellent day. The feedback is very encouraging and I would like to arrange another session with Tony later this year for our senior accountants.
    • Thank you for arranging yesterday and I will be in contact shortly to arrange a further date.
    • Excellent report writing course. I will definitely put into practice immediately.
    • An excellent course - very involving and up to date. Enthusiastic trainer.
    • Tony was entertaining and made a traditionally boring subject fun. Very enthusiastic.
    • Very good trainer, kept it light and fun.
    • Perfect.
    • Very practical and to the point. Adapts well to varied delegates experiences and needs.
    • Clear presenting, easy to understand, made the content interesting and enjoyable. Nothing like the horror of school days.
    • Good structure - made it interactive.
    • I thoroughly enjoyed the report writing course and was glad I attended.
    • I was very impressed and found my facilitator to be very approachable. A job well done!

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    E-mail direct to Tony Atherton

    Phone 07976-390960

    Covers: United Kingdom

    Business Report Writing course details: Last updated 9 Aug 2018