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

Changes at Better Languages

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. However, we 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. Our team is actively recruiting for an additional post, as well as for Erasmus internships. We select placement students from  translation students from European universities.

Erasmus placement programme

Erasmus Placements are for a minimum of 3 months (6 months + preferred).  In order to qualify, you need to be eligible for Erasmus funding. You must also have the support of your University. As well as a high level of English language skills both spoken and in writing. You must also be proficient in another major language. Preference is given to translation masters students. You should have a desire either to pursue a career as a freelance translator, or in translation project management. Placement students work alongside our project management team. Most of the time is spent 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. It will help you understand the requirements of a translation company when working with freelance translators.

Plans for 2015

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. First, completion of dualing of the A453, the link to junction 24 of the M1 and East Midlands Airport. Also 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. 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, as well as the city centre. In the other direction Nottingham University, The Queens Medical Centre, as well as Beeston and Chilwell will be easily accessed.

2014 achievements

So have we had any translation firsts this year? Well a few. Most noticably we had 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. In the summer we launched an Arabic language version of our website. The new site is hosted in the UAE.

New Year’s resolutions

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. We are also looking to grow our staff team. Offering a wider range of translation services to our growing range of clients.

Happy New Year from Better Languages

Enjoy the festive season. Have a great 2015.