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How to describe ATC Summit 2019 in just a few words? Absolutely inspirational, insightful and engaging.

But above all, Greenwich left me with a feeling of community and a shared purpose. Thank you to everyone who made Summit 2019, for the discussions, new horizons, and of course the laughs.

See you in Edinburgh in 2020!

Raisa McNab
Chief Executive Officer
Association of Translation Companies


Some select speaker presentations are available below by clicking on the links within the programme schedule.


Plenary Session

Time Room Title Speaker
10.30-10.45 Plenary Opening
10.45-11.30 Macro level look at M&A Dominic Graham De Montrose (Deloitte)
11.30-12.00 M&A: selling your business David Garcia-Gonzales (GoLocalise)
Guy Bartlett (Business Buyers Club)
12.00-12.30 Plenary Q&A


13.30-14.00 Plenary Buying local Doug Lawrence (Selling Translations)
14.00-14.30 Buying local case studies Alun Gruffydd (Bla Translation)
Corinne Smith (ITL)
Phil Tennent (Marsolutions)
14.30-15.00 Plenary Panel discussion and Q&A


15.45-16.15 Plenary Battling late payments Neil Cowley (Small Business Commissioner’s Office)
16.15-17.00 Setting up shop overseas

Nihat Arkan (thebigword)

Breakout Sessions

Time Room Title Speaker
13:30-15:00 Admiral's House Room 2 M&A Roundtable David Garcia-Gonzales (GoLocalise)
Guy Bartlett (Business Buyers Club)
15:45-16:30 Admiral's House Hardwick Room Intelligent Technology: how it can benefit Language Service providers for telephone Interpreting. A non-technical talk about technology Sue Quelch (Miton)
Anna Ware (Clear Voice)

Time Room Title Speaker
09.30-10.15 Plenary Automation, MT and AI in global news monitoring Judy King (Innovations Director, BBC Monitoring)
10.15-11.00 AI in innovation Sarah Rench (EY)


11.30-12.30 Plenary Preparing for the unprepared: how to trade post-brexit Raisa McNab


13.30-14.15 Plenary Hiring and motivation of staff (hint: it’s not all about money) Jonathan Bowring (Riversight)
14.15-15.00 Transforming an LSP through better sales practices Jessica Rathke (Localisation Sales & Marketing)
Elizabeth Gomez (Accu Solution Services)


15.30-16.00 Plenary The ATC and You Raisa McNab
Ruth Partington
16.00-17.00 ATC Language Industry Survey 2019 Raisa McNab
Ruth Partington


Thank you to our sponsors:

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Silver Sponsors

Networking Reception sponsors


ATC Summit 2019 took place in historic Greenwich.

You might have arrived by boat on the Thames past London’s landmarks. Discovered epic stories of exploration and endeavour at the National Maritime Museum, or stood on the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory, where east meets west, and where world time begins.

Old Royal Naval College

The Old Royal Naval College is the architectural centrepiece of Maritime Greenwich, a World Heritage Site at the heart of the British Empire in its heyday. Hopefully you didn’t miss the newly re-opened Painted Hall, a spectacular 18th century baroque masterpiece!

Queen Mary Undercroft and Admiral’s House

The Summit took place in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College in the Queen Mary Undercroft and Admiral’s House.

Take a virtual tour around the old-world elegance of the Queen Mary Undercroft to have a look at the Summit venue, and the maritime glory of the Admiral’s House where our Summit breakout rooms were situated.

Cutty Sark

Summit Awards and Gala Dinner were aboard the iconic Cutty Sark, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dine on a historic sailing ship on Thursday 19 September 2019.

DeVere Devonport House

Pre-Summit drinks were served on Wednesday 18 September 2019 at De Vere Devonport House, at the foot of Greenwich Park.

2019 Language Industry Awards

The ATC’s Language Industry Awards celebrate the operational excellence of ATC member companies and the language industry professionals behind them.

This years deserving winners are listed below, congratulations to you all.

Awards categories

Company of the Year – Locaria

Judges Notes: “Locaria won because of their holistic approach to developments, with significant improvements in operations, efficiency, HR and client services over the past 12 months. Combined with their niche service offering, this resulted in impressive growth that enabled the company to start a philanthropic programme to give back to the wider community, which the judging panel particularly highlighted as noteworthy.”.

New Member of the Year – Enable2

Judges Notes: “Enable2 won as a result of their use of innovative processes and state-of-the-art technology to achieve impressive growth. The judging panel commended Enable2 for their commitment as a social enterprise, running multilingual community projects that include ensuring accessibility of healthcare, the wellbeing of refugees and the smooth-running of children’s hospital admissions.”.

Project Management Team of the Year – Asian Absolute

Judges Notes: “Asian Absolute’s Tiger Team won because they consistently exceeded the project volume expectations for a team of their size, thanks to their efficiency and extensive experience. Asian Absolute’s team is clearly made up of highly expert and dedicated individuals, and the judges commended them for making their contribution to e-learning courses an outstanding one.”.

Project Manager of the Year – Yasmin Khan

Judges Notes: “Yasmin won for her life-changing achievements of the past 12 months, working with healthcare providers and charities to ensure the success of new initiatives. The judging panel especially commended Yasmin’s skills in coordinating translations and providing interpreting solutions, which have increased Enable2’s efficiencies and even provided the company with a new USP.”.

Sales Person of the Year – Rachel Ali

Judges Notes: “Rachel won because of her exceptional sales achievements over the past 12 months, including contributing to over 74% growth of thebigword’s European team and an astronomical contribution to income. The judging panel wanted to particularly recognise Rachel’s impressive skill set, which extends to inter-departmental coordination and identifying strategic opportunities with new clients and markets.”.

Translator of the Year – Siobhan Gorrie

Judges Notes: “Siobhan won for her outstanding dedication and loyalty in her work. She is not only responsible for producing high-quality translations in her role, she is also mentor, coach and is able to step in for the Managing Director when needed. Siobhan’s willingness, expertise and reliability are stand-out. Apart from Siobhan’s professionalism and linguistic expertise, the judges would especially like to commend her dedication as a mentor to new entrants in the translation profession in LKT’s Translator Academy.”.

Eichner Distinguished Service Award – Larry Gould

As a strong supporter of apprenticeships, Larry has encouraged the company to run one what is now one of the UK’s most successful apprenticeship schemes. Recently, notable contributions to the industry include crucial support of the Association of Translation Companies’ Brexit lobbying.

Larry’s commitment to technological innovation has also led to the creation of Gould Technology Solutions, a company whose state-of-the-art technology is currently used by Silicon Valley tech companies and both British and US government departments. Larry is an inspiration for his achievements over nearly 40 years in the business, and admired for his dedication, enthusiasm and drive.

Awards Dinner

The 2019 Language Industry Awards were celebrated this year at an exclusive gala dinner aboard the iconic sailing ship Cutty Sark, 19 September.

Together we toasted the Award nominees and winners, enjoyed great company and raised money for our favourite charity, Translators Without Borders.

Classic disco tunes were played by the ATC’s very own resident DJ, Vice-Chair Dan Peachey.

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