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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