ADS, the leading trade organisation representing the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space sectors, has welcomed thebigword as a new member.

The Leeds-based technology-enabled company is believed to be the largest language services provider among the 1,000-strong membership of the industry group.

thebigword founded its defence division five years ago. It serves clients including NATO, the UK Ministry of Defence, the US Department of Defense and BAE Systems.

Larry Gould, chief executive and founder of thebigword, said: “We stand ready to offer specialist language services to ADS members, providing everything they need from onsite interpreters anywhere in the world to bespoke training courses on cultural and language issues.

“We founded our defence division to fill a gap in the market and provide organisations and governments with specialist language support in challenging situations where fast and accurate communication is critical.

“We know that our work helps to save lives and rebuild communities and makes a big difference around the world.

“Our membership of ADS represents the next stage in our company’s development and as a UK business, we are delighted to be supporting our country’s strategically important aerospace, defence, security and space sectors.”

Paul Everett, chief executive of ADS, said: “Companies across UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industries are respected around the world and make a significant contribution to our national prosperity.

“We are delighted to welcome thebigword as a new ADS member, able to support companies across our sectors with its extensive global experience in translation and interpretation services.”