Happy New Year, to all our customers, suppliers and website readers from the better languages team. We hope you have a happy and prosperous 2015.

So how was 2014 for you? It was a year of highs and lows for us. Record sales, very busy periods, new clients and suppliers, all very positive. Anna Manczak left us for a new job in December, we were sad to see her go, but wish her all the best in her translation career as she moves companies and cities. We’re only a bit envious of her moving to Cambridge! We welcome a new Project Manager, Marco next week, and are actively recruiting for an additional post, as well as for Erasmus internships for translation students from European universities.

Erasmus Placements are for a minimum of 3 months (6 months + preferred), to qualify, you need to be eligable for Erasmus funding, have the support of your University, and have a high level or native proficiency of English language skills both spoken and in writing, as well as native proficiency in another major language. Preference is given to translation masters students with a desire either to pursue a career as a freelance translator, or in translation project management. Placement students work alongside our project management team, largely doing translation QA and proofreading, we don’t normally expect students to undertake translation tasks. The scheme gives a good understanding of the translation industry, and will help you understand the requirements of a translation company when working with freelance translators.

So what are your plans for 2015? In Britain there will be a general election this year, and probably significant political change regardless of who wins. In Nottingham, we look forward to completion of several major infrastructure projects, primarily completion of dualing of the A453, the link to junction 24 of the M1 and East Midlands Airport, and completion of lines 2 and 3 of the Nottingham Tram network. We are eagerly awaiting the tram, as it will go right past our offices, and we have endured lots of disruption with road closures and construction works for nearly two years now. The tram will give easy access to Nottingham station, the city centre, and in the other direction Nottingham University, The Queens Medical Centre, and Beeston.

So have we had any translation firsts this year? Well a few, most noticably our largest ever single order, a major project which kept us very busy during the summer. We’ve translated into Icelandic for the first time, and we have launched an Arabic language version of our website, hosted in the UAE, there is a link to the site in the header and footer of this page, check out some of the other language versions while you are looking.

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions? These are very common in the UK, everyone starts the year with good intentions! I intend to continue to build content for our website this year, and we are looking to grow our staff team, offering a wider range of translation services to our growing range of clients. Have a great 2015.