Project manager of the Year
Winner: Rebecca Kinnersley, RP Translate

Clare Partington, Head of Communications for the Bristol-based LSP, praised Becky for her exemplary skills in Project Management, Sales and Innovation, mentioning that the ATC award was well-deserved recognition of her “game-changing” contribution to RP Translate.

“We took immense pride as a team and were able to come together, especially with clients, to celebrate Becky’s hard work,” she added. “I have been pleasantly surprised with the positive difference it has made to our business. It certainly shines a light on the ATC’s ability to recognise and support special talent in the UK translation industry.”

Project management team of the Year
Winner: Asian Absolute PM Team
Henry Clough, Managing Director of Asian Absolute, which has its head office in London, said: “Project management is a tough and stressful job, so it was fantastic for our Dragon Team to receive this recognition of their work. It was a great motivator for them.

 

“It’s also reassuring for our clients to see that we have been independently endorsed in this way. In an industry where it can be difficult to differentiate between companies, an ATC award provides extra weight.”

Freelance Supplier of the Year
Winner: Vicki Rushton

Vicki Rushton, who was named Freelance Supplier of the Year in 2016, said: “I was absolutely thrilled to bits to be nominated by Comtec and then go on to win the ATC award. The recognition from Comtec was a personal win for me as it showed how much they valued me as a freelancer. It was also a thank you for the many years spent translating at home by myself.

“As a freelancer you don't often get much feedback from the agencies you work for or the clients further down the chain, so the award was fantastic. Comtec have a great team of people working for them and I am proud to feel part of that team on the back of my win. So on a personal level, it gave me a huge boost.”

Sales Person of the Year

Winner: Oliver Dugdale, Wolfestone Translations

Linda Roper, Marketing Manager for Swansea-based Wolfestone, said the ATC award came in the year the company was marking its 10th year in business and was an excellent way to help it celebrate its anniversary.

“The award was a huge achievement, and something we are really proud of,” she said. “We have had more than 30 award wins since 2006, and there are definite benefits. Award wins raise brand awareness and help attract clients by demonstrating we are reliable and innovative with excellent customer service.”

She added: “The ATC award ceremony is good for networking within the industry, as well as being a great event for staff to celebrate their team’s efforts with colleagues. We will enter again this year.”

Outstanding Contribution to the Language Industry

Winner: Sandeep Nulkar, BITS, India

The Eichner Distinguished Service Award*

Isabella Moore, Comtec Translations

*The award has been created in the name of the founders of the Association of Translation Companies, Fred and Nellie Eichner, who established the organisation in 1976.

She was awarded the specially-created lifetime achievement award in recognition of championing the importance of learning languages and the value of the professional translation services to British business.

Isabella founded Comtec, which has its head office in Leamington Spa, in 1981. As well as growing her business, she has fulfilled many other roles throughout her career. These include becoming the first female president of the British Chambers of Commerce and the Director of the National Centre for Languages (CILT).

She said: "When I received the ATC's lifetime achievement award I was really moved. Particularly because it was recognition from my own sector - translation companies, in which I have worked in for over 35 years. Just as my company has grown, so has the Association of Translation Companies, which now more than ever has taken on the role of championing languages skills to government and beyond.

"As member translation companies of the ATC we need to ensure that we acknowledge the work and commitment of our suppliers and staff. These awards therefore are a great way for us to recognise unsung heroes who manage complex projects and deliver excellent work to us often with tight deadlines. Without them we would not succeed. The awards are a way of acknowledging their contribution."

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