We are honoured to be holding the Association of Translation Companies (ATC) Networking event and Council meeting at our brand new state-of-the-art building, thebrainworks, in Leeds this February.

As one of the oldest translation associations in the world, the ATC works to provide leading advice and professional support about matters affecting the translation industry. The ATC represents and supports the interests and legislation status of worldwide translation, ensuring a high-quality standard within the translation industry.

The theme of the event is Brexit and the potential impact on businesses and the linguist community. With opportunities to network, the event will also include guest speakers such as Louis MacWilliam, a Leeds-based solicitor specialising in immigration law, who will be addressing the subject of immigration and safeguarding your EU staff during the process of Brexit.

Raisa McNab, CEO of ATC, will also be holding a Brexit Lobbying workshop as well as discussing immigration scenarios post-Brexit.

The event is an opportunity for ATC members to network and discuss topical issues. We can’t wait to attend the sessions to network with peers, collaborate on discussions surrounding Brexit and future plans for LSP’s. Other attendees to the event will also include Lesley Batchelor, Chief Executive of the Institute of Export (IOE) International Trade, and Sandy Needham, Chief Executive at the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.

We’re looking forward to providing a brief tour of our buildings, including our new modernised, creative workspace, thebrainworks.

We’ve recently been working closely with the ATC to campaign for priority status for the linguist community living in the UK and providing interpreting for vital Government agencies and the National Health Service.

As part of the campaign, Nihat Arkan, our Global CEO and Larry Gould, Executive Chairman have met with Rachel Reeves MP who chairs the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee in Westminster.

Bernie Byrne, Consultant and Advisor to thebigword Board and Council member of the ATC said: “This event provides a great opportunity to meet our ATC members and to pursue an agenda that ensures the future sustainability and growth of the languages services industry.”

With Brexit-related concerns at present, we’ve recently been working hard with the ATC to put in place plans for all eventualities regarding the outcome of Brexit. It will also be a great opportunity to catch up with them and show them around our brand new building.