Singular or plural organisation?

When writing a press release, article or other material, it’s a good idea to decide how you want to refer to your business or organisation.

Do you say “the company is a leader in its field” or “the company are leaders in their field”?

The first one is preferable and grammatically correct, because a company is a single entity and can only be a leader, not many leaders. It requires the singular form of the verb (is) rather than the plural form (are) used in the second version.

So when referring to the company, write about “it” operating throughout the UK.

If a number of people work for the company, you may want to write about them collectively, eg “we work together.” In this case, the plural form is correct, because you are talking about the people in the company, not the organisation itself.

If you stick to these guidelines, you should be able to write consistenly about your organisation and your colleagues.

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