The calendar tells me it’s the end of December but I still can’t quite believe it: 2021 has buzzed past in a blur.
It’s been a year of experimentation at Accuracy Matters: testing a new business model, investing in our infrastructure for future growth, and working more intensively with a business mentor. I joined Matt Thomas’s In Crowd coaching group and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, both for myself and for the business (check out his free, super Facebook community C-Skool).
In October, we were proud to be recommended for ISO 9001 certification by the British Standards Institution. This was the culmination of more than two years’ work designing, developing and implementing our quality management system. Quality is one of our watch words so it was gratifying to get external validation of our ongoing commitment to maintaining quality standards.
Project highlights this year included:
- regular editing of new updates to the Global Monitor on COVID-19’s impact on democracy and human rights
- copy-editing and proofreading important Victim Support studies on the impact of homicide on witnesses, children and young people affected by hate crime, and using policy and practice to address barriers to escaping an abusive relationship
- a large number of research reports, research briefs and summaries for the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, including writing, editing and proofreading their flagship Best of UNICEF Research 2021
- cross-checking different language versions of the books that are given away with McDonald’s Happy Meals all around the world
- technical writing projects covering medical innovation and clinical governance, insurance, finance and crypto currencies
- around 60 annual/corporate reports for various clients
I particularly enjoyed taking part in two 30-day LinkedIn sprints with the inspiring and enthusiastic Tom Kuegler. It was a great way to connect with other writers and creators and encourage each other to post consistently. As well as learning a lot, I made a really great new group of online friends.
I want to thank the AM team for their support and hard work in 2021. We’ve gone through lots of development and changes – and while I try to stay patient, that’s not always my strongest suit! Luckily I have a great team who can stay patient for me, while I do the worrying… thank you, Rhiannon, Elaine, Delia, Lee, Holly, Denny, Sarah, Helen and Olivia. Here’s to a fun and fruitful 2022 – with plenty of opportunities to celebrate our 10th year in business (and hopefully the chance to finally plan my long-overdue honeymoon, too).
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