The Association of Translation Companies has delivered its response to the Crown Commercial Service's draft Frame Work Agreement for the provision of language services in the public sector.

Don Shin, CEO of 1-StopAsia, is making the 10,000 mile round trip from Los Angeles to take in his third ATC annual conference. Here's what he's told the organisers:

Health Business magazine, circulated to healthcare professionals and managers, features a two page article from the Association of Translation Companies in the current issue.

Asta Rusakevičienė of Diskusija Language Services, who will be travelling from her native Lithuania, has commented on why she is looking forward to the ATC annual conference, The 2015 Language Industry Summit.

British export performance must improve as latest report from OECD reports continuing deterioration.

The government has ordered an overhaul of how it supports British businesses to export, with the risk that UK Trade and Investment could be fragmented into different departments, according to a report in the Financial Times. With the possibility that further details may emerge in the Budget this week, the ATC has stated that a lack of focus on language is one of the key reasons for the UK’s lacklustre export performance.

sQuid's Luigi Muzii has titled his presentation 'Collecting requirements for quality management'. To get an advance glimpse into what he will be tackling check out his blog

The ATC's PR consultancy, Spreckley Partners, have been working with some leading ATC members to develop guidance for public sector commissioners of language services.  The draft guidance is currently out for consultation. It is expected that it will be published before the ATC annual conference and will be the trigger for a programme of public affairs and PR work.

Monday, 29 June 2015 13:28

ATC commissions follow up study

The ATC has teamed up with Aston Univerity for another research project.  This time it is a follow up to Professor James Foreman-Peck's study: 'How investment in languages affects SME exporters' and published by the Assocation in February and launched at the Houses of Parliament. 

The ATC has launched the first UK LSP ranking and bench marking research programme. The summary results are to be published at The 2015 Language Industry Summit taking place in Manchester 24/25 September.
 
 
Sarah Pokorna, Business Development Manager 
ZELENKA, who has just booked her place as delegate to the ATC annual conference said: "This will be the first time anyone from ZELENKA has attended the ATC conference. We’ve chosen to attend so that we can get to know members of the ATC a bit better, and show them what ZELENKA has to offer. I am looking forward to learning something new about the industry, while at the same time meeting new people and hopefully coming away with some new clients!"

Mark Robinson, CEO, Alexika commented looking forward to the ATC's annual conference: “The ATC Conference is an excellent place to network, generate ideas to help our clients and keep up to date with industry trends. I can highly recommend it.”

K-International's Richard Brooks, who is the keynote speaker on the second day of the ATC annual conference, The 2015 Language Industry Summit, has been blogging about the conference.

 

Monday, 29 June 2015 12:55

New companies join the ATC

New members admitted to the Association since the start of the year are:

 

The Association of Translation Companies has just launched The Language Industry Summit Awards. The idea behind them is to recognise and celebrate excellence in the profession.

A new study by professor Foreman-Peck and Dr Peng Zhou launched in February in the House of Commons in partnership with the Association of Translation Companies (ATC), shows in stark detail the impact of in-house language capabilities on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that export.

 

A new study by professor Foreman-Peck and Dr Peng Zhou launched today in the House of Commons in partnership with the Association of Translation Companies (ATC), shows in stark detail the impact of in-house language capabilities on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that export.

 

The report ‘firm-level evidence for the language investment effect on SME exporters’ shows that SMEs utilising language assets and skills achieved far higher export to turnover ratios than others. These assets and skills included hiring staff with specific language expertise for export needs, employing native language speakers and training  staff in languages

 

Roy Allkin, chaiman of the ATC, said: “The government has repeatedly emphasised that expanding the country’s exports is a key strand of its broader strategy to rebalance the economy. Despite this, the UK has long struggled to improve its trade deficit. An earlier report by professor Foreman-Peck clearly shows that poor language skills is costing UK plc £48bn a year in lost exports. British businesses must take notice of this latest report, which emphasises that one of the secrets of export success is to have a language strategy in place to effectively communicate with target markets.”

 

As well as showing an increase in export to turnover ratio, the findings highlight that companies with in-house language capabilities are much more likely to appreciate the benefits of engaging external professional language services when exporting. Rather than one form of language provision replacing the other, SMEs with in-house language capabilities tend to adopt a twin-track approach to support their global business activities.

 

Professor Foreman-Peck, who is professor of economics at Cardiff University, said: “The results from this study point to the significance of languages for the bottom line of exporting small and medium size enterprises. While there are many factors that can influence export performance, the research was able to isolate many of the factors and give an accurate picture of the impact of language skills on SMEs when selling abroad. Having a strong language strategy by no means guarantees success, but it does increase the likelihood of it quite significantly.”

- See more at: http://www.business-money.com/announcements/new-study-shows-how-vital-languages-are-for-smes-to-export#sthash.GhxODERR.dpuf

A new study by professor Foreman-Peck and Dr Peng Zhou launched today in the House of Commons in partnership with the Association of Translation Companies (ATC), shows in stark detail the impact of in-house language capabilities on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that export.

The report ‘firm-level evidence for the language investment effect on SME exporters’ shows that SMEs utilising language assets and skills achieved far higher export to turnover ratios than others. These assets and skills included hiring staff with specific language expertise for export needs, employing native language speakers and training  staff in languages

Roy Allkin, chaiman of the ATC, said: “The government has repeatedly emphasised that expanding the country’s exports is a key strand of its broader strategy to rebalance the economy. Despite this, the UK has long struggled to improve its trade deficit. An earlier report by professor Foreman-Peck clearly shows that poor language skills is costing UK plc £48bn a year in lost exports. British businesses must take notice of this latest report, which emphasises that one of the secrets of export success is to have a language strategy in place to effectively communicate with target markets.”

As well as showing an increase in export to turnover ratio, the findings highlight that companies with in-house language capabilities are much more likely to appreciate the benefits of engaging external professional language services when exporting. Rather than one form of language provision replacing the other, SMEs with in-house language capabilities tend to adopt a twin-track approach to support their global business activities.

Professor Foreman-Peck, who is professor of economics at Cardiff University, said: “The results from this study point to the significance of languages for the bottom line of exporting small and medium size enterprises. While there are many factors that can influence export performance, the research was able to isolate many of the factors and give an accurate picture of the impact of language skills on SMEs when selling abroad. Having a strong language strategy by no means guarantees success, but it does increase the likelihood of it quite significantly.”

- See more at: http://www.business-money.com/announcements/new-study-shows-how-vital-languages-are-for-smes-to-export#sthash.GhxODERR.dpuf

A new study by professor Foreman-Peck and Dr Peng Zhou launched today in the House of Commons in partnership with the Association of Translation Companies (ATC), shows in stark detail the impact of in-house language capabilities on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that export.

The report ‘firm-level evidence for the language investment effect on SME exporters’ shows that SMEs utilising language assets and skills achieved far higher export to turnover ratios than others. These assets and skills included hiring staff with specific language expertise for export needs, employing native language speakers and training  staff in languages

Roy Allkin, chaiman of the ATC, said: “The government has repeatedly emphasised that expanding the country’s exports is a key strand of its broader strategy to rebalance the economy. Despite this, the UK has long struggled to improve its trade deficit. An earlier report by professor Foreman-Peck clearly shows that poor language skills is costing UK plc £48bn a year in lost exports. British businesses must take notice of this latest report, which emphasises that one of the secrets of export success is to have a language strategy in place to effectively communicate with target markets.”

As well as showing an increase in export to turnover ratio, the findings highlight that companies with in-house language capabilities are much more likely to appreciate the benefits of engaging external professional language services when exporting. Rather than one form of language provision replacing the other, SMEs with in-house language capabilities tend to adopt a twin-track approach to support their global business activities.

Professor Foreman-Peck, who is professor of economics at Cardiff University, said: “The results from this study point to the significance of languages for the bottom line of exporting small and medium size enterprises. While there are many factors that can influence export performance, the research was able to isolate many of the factors and give an accurate picture of the impact of language skills on SMEs when selling abroad. Having a strong language strategy by no means guarantees success, but it does increase the likelihood of it quite significantly.”

- See more at: http://www.business-money.com/announcements/new-study-shows-how-vital-languages-are-for-smes-to-export#sthash.GhxODERR.dpuf

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