Global Leeds-based translation and interpretation firm thebigword is celebrating after it was shortlisted for a prestigious national award and will compete with businesses from across the UK for the top prize.

thebigword is nominated for Growing Business of the Year: Larger Company with a Turnover of £50m in the Amazon Growing Business Awards.

thebigword employs over 600 people worldwide including over 450 at its headquarters in Leeds and is in the top 20 language companies in the world. It works with a range of major government departments, including the Ministry of Justice and the NYC Department of Education, as well as blue chip companies and brands on a global scale.

Commenting on the nomination, Founder and CEO of thebigword Larry Gould said: “I am delighted that we have been shortlisted for this respected award, in all the time since I have been at thebigword I don’t believe there has ever been such an exciting time for the company. At this moment we are in the top 20 Language companies in the world which in itself is a fantastic achievement, but our ambition in the next 5 years is to be in the top 5.

“We’ve taken that vision around the world with offices now in New York, Beijing and Tokyo but we’re also rooted in Yorkshire where we first began.

“Our team provide round the clock, first class translation and interpretation to a range of global clients, we’re trusted by over 80% of the top 100 global brands and our mission is to use our skills to break down barriers to trade and to make people’s lives easier and in some cases safer as well.”