Business writing
that delivers results

Whether it’s a tender, brochure, website, report or other document, we’ll work with you to write content and messaging that makes a difference.

Business writing
that delivers results

Whether it’s a tender, brochure, website, report or other document, we’ll work with you to write content and messaging that makes a difference.

Writing is my passion!

I get a real thrill from helping clients communicate through words that make a difference and deliver results. 

Who am I? Here’s a quick snapshot:

  • Written and edited hundreds of tenders and business documents, case studies, websites, factsheets and brochures, award entries and reports
  • 25+ years in business development, marketing communications, and client account management
  • Experienced in the following sectors: professional services, engineering, civil contracting, construction, security, IT, facilities management, cleaning, healthcare, vehicle fitouts, hospitality
  • Fluent in French and German, rusty in Spanish, and just a smattering of Italian!
  • I love to travel – originally from the UK, I moved with my husband to NZ in 2003, we built the dream home, and I now live and work just outside Nelson

Writing is my passion!

Donna Smithies

I get a real thrill from helping clients communicate through words that make a difference and deliver results. 

Who am I? Here’s a quick snapshot:

  • Written and edited hundreds of tenders and business documents, case studies, websites, factsheets and brochures, award entries and reports
  • 25+ years in business development, marketing communications, and client account management
  • Experienced in the following sectors: professional services, engineering, civil contracting, construction, security, IT, facilities management, cleaning, healthcare, vehicle fitouts, hospitality
  • Fluent in French and German, rusty in Spanish, and just a smattering of Italian!
  • I love to travel – originally from the UK, I moved with my husband to NZ in 2003, we built the dream home, and I now live and work just outside Nelson
“Donna, thank you for all the work you have done for us over the last few years. You have assisted us in achieving success on several significant projects and contracts, which has supported the sustained growth and development of our business. I have been particularly impressed with how fast you have come to understand our business and culture and you always bring a lot to the table.”
Phil Gardyne
ElectroNet Group
"HUGE thank you from me, I couldn’t have done this without you. You gave me support and guidance all the way through – you really are a gem. THANK YOU.”
Diana Scruby
Data Collection Ltd
“Thank you so much for all your efforts with our submission! Your input was really valuable. Look forward to working with you again!”
Mel Rice
Oko Āio
“Thanks so much Donna – Your feedback, questions and input was really valuable and we really appreciate your efforts to understand the service and our offerings with little prep!”
Janine Kilmartin
Access Community Health

Whether you’re a local contractor, start-up business or established company in New Zealand or overseas, I’d love to help you with your next great writing project.

Bid & tender writing and strategy

Are you new to tendering and not sure where to start? Does your bid team need an additional pair of hands? Or do you need a fresh pair of eyes to check for grammar, spelling and typos?

Tendering is time-consuming and complex. Well-written non-price attributes and a commitment to Broader Outcomes will set you apart from your competitors. I can help you develop a winning strategy, and write persuasive and compelling content, so you can focus on running your business.

  • Bid strategy
  • Bid management from start to finish
  • Tender review
  • Executive summary
  • Attributes updates
  • Broader Outcomes
  • Tailored CVs
  • Editing / proofreading

Marketing collateral

Need a brochure or flyer for a new product or service? Do you keep meaning to update your website but don’t have the time? Do you want help to write a blog, social media posts or newsletter?

The list of marketing collateral you need or want can seem endless, yet we all know it’s important. Whether it’s a one-off brochure or regular updates to your website news feed, let me help ease the load and work with you to develop, update or refresh your collection.

  • Brochures & flyers
  • Website copy
  • Case studies
  • Award submissions
  • Social media posts
  • Advertorials
  • Blog articles
  • Newsletters
  • Annual Reports

Technical reports and manuals

You’ve written the content but not sure how to edit it for a non-technical person? Have multiple authors written your report and you need a single, consistent voice? It’s too long and you’re not sure what words you can safely delete?

Proofreading, review, and edits are often easier to do by an independent person not familiar with the subject. I’m skilled at translating technical concepts for a wider audience. I can also merge writing styles, edit, and find creative ways to reduce your word count without losing your message.

  • White papers
  • User guides or manuals
  • Technical reports
  • Factsheets
  • Other technical documentation

What's next?

Need help with a tender, bid, brochure or other writing project? Please get in touch.

What's next?

Need help with a tender, bid, brochure or other writing project? Please get in touch.

What's next?

Need help with a tender, bid, brochure or other writing project? Please get in touch.

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