TakingStock – Financiers watch their Ps and Qs.

With all the image changing and dress-down policies, one could presume finance professionals had lost their penchant for tradition.

But no. New research into client-supplier relations by the Royal Mail has revealed finance companies are sticklers for correct grammar and attention to minutiae.

The study showed suppliers’ sloppy grammar and poor attention to detail were costing UK companies up to #2bn a year in lost business.

Missed deadlines, typos, grammatical errors and getting someone’s name repeatedly wrong are the most likely causes of financial institutions dumping suppliers.

TS however found this a tad contradictory given the scientific evidence that the mathematically-minded rarely excel in English. And to support this, TS would like to point to the huge level of grammatical faux pas in letters received here from finance types!

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