thebigword, a world-leading translation and interpreting company, has been awarded a NATO Medal and Certificate for its work with the military and peace efforts in Afghanistan.

thebigword was proud to receive the medal, inscribed ‘In Service of Peace and Freedom’, on behalf of its team supporting The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan established by the United Nations.

thebigword – one of the world’s top-20 language service companies – works extensively with the military, providing highly secure interpreting and translation services within war zones and politically-sensitive environments.

Larry Gould, Group CEO of thebigword, has recently announced a major expansion of the company’s Defence, Justice and International Security (DJIS) Division to service a number of key contracts starting over the next 12 months. The DJIS Division offers the most secure language service technology available with Security Cleared (SC) personnel managing the operation. In partnership with the International School of Linguists, it provides the most robust training and defence?specific language assessments in the industry, which are aligned to recognised MOD standards.

David Capper, Divisional Director of Defence, Justice and International Security at thebigword, says: “This is a tremendous accolade and a great tribute to our staff and linguists, who work in incredibly difficult situations, dealing with challenging environments and emotionally-charged situations. It’s a wonderful boost to our 500 staff to get this recognition from NATO and underlines our belief that what we do really does make a difference.”