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northern powerhouse

Don't use capital letters for n and p.

Today's budget is expected to include an announcement on the northern powerhouse.


Zero to nine are written as words and 10 onwards in figures, unless a sentence begins with a number over 10:

Sixty-five million years ago, Sheffield was home to dinosaurs.

Other exceptions are numbers that have technical significance or need to stand out for quick comprehension, such as: headlines, illustrations, tables, statistics, money, times, ratios, academic grades and in places where the word count is limited, for example on social media.

Where a number from one to nine is part of a phrase or title that you didn't create, stick with the convention.

Key Stage 2

Write out the names of foreign currencies except in tables: yen, francs, dollars. No capital letters. If dollars are other than US, this needs to be stated: New Zealand dollars or NZ dollars.

For larger numbers, use the following formats:

  • 1,000
  • £1 million
  • 10,000
  • 1 billion
  • 100,000
  • 1 million

See also dates and times and ranges (numerical)