Hi, I’m Laura Barritt. I'm a freelance copywriter, copy-editor and proofreader.

Do you want to sell your product? Engage your audience? Compel your customers to purchase from you, and drive them to pick up the phone?

Of course you do. So you need great copy.

I’m Laura Barritt, and I’m a freelance copywriter, copy-editor and proofreader. I’ll provide the words that compel your customers to act. Whoever your audience is, I’ll make sure that they’re engaged.

What’s my story?

I started out as an English Literature & Creative Writing student at The University of Sheffield. I also edited the Arts section of the student newspaper (and not just for the free bubbly on press nights).

After hours spent writing my own pieces, editing the work of others, and bringing entire news sections together each month, I’d honed a way with words and an eye for error. I used that to carve my way in advertising agencies, where I worked for six years.

In early 2015, I took the leap into freelancing. Today, I’m thrilled to be at the helm of Verat. I write and edit copy for a diverse range of businesses in Leeds, York, Selby, Wetherby, and beyond.

Who have I worked with?

I’ve worked with clients famous on an international scale. Drop by the Portfolio page and see for yourself. You’ll also read some lovely words from clients who’ve kindly taken the time to sing my praises. So you don’t just have to take my word for it that I’m good at what I do.

My experience working with global clients has been invaluable. And I continue to work with clients at the top of their game internationally. However, I also play a valuable part in the growth and development of local SMEs.

Verat may be a fairly new company. But I’m proud to say that I’ve built an established base of trusted, repeat clients that’s growing every day.

Why give me a call?

With a diverse portfolio, a proven track record, and clients that come back week after week, I know I can deliver.

Unlike most freelance copywriters you’ll meet, I’m an experienced copy-editor and proofreader. I’ve worked with some exceptional brands. I can’t tell you all of their names, but you’ll probably have booked one of their holidays, used their products in your kitchen, or shopped in their stores.

I’m part of two professional industry organisations. I’m a ‘Pro’ member of the Professional Copywriters’ Network, and a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP).

I don’t price my copy ‘per word’. Good copywriters understand you, your client, and get to the heart of your brand. I provide my work at rates that reflect the quality of my services, and make my skills accessible to you.

Wondering how I can help you? Have a read through the services I offer. Then drop me a line. There’ll be a no-obligation chat about what I can do for you. And I make a mean chocolate cake.

What else can I tell you about me?

I’m Yorkshire born, bred, and based. I have curly hair and wear brightly-coloured nail polish. I like musical theatre, wine, and cake, and I drink copious amounts of coffee.

When I was growing up, I wanted to be a Spice Girl. Becoming a writer was my second choice.

As well as forcing my family to sit through performances of ‘Wannabe’, I also made them read the stories I penned, buy the magazines I created, and perform the plays I wrote. (They emerged surprisingly unscathed).

So when Ginger Spice departed, and I wasn’t asked to be her replacement, I began to take the writing stuff a little more seriously.

And some years later, Verat was born.