As we look back on a most eventful 2015 we are truly encouraged by the growth of the languages services market.
A recent survey of its members by the Association of Translation Companies concluded that the UK market for language service requirements is in excess of one billion pounds a year making it one of the largest users of language services alongside Japan, Germany and the US.
This is reinforced by a report from Common Sense Advisory which showed that the worldwide market for outsourced language services and supporting technology is $38.16 billion and growing at an annual rate of 6.46%.
So, it has been a spectacular year for RWS Alnwick and the wider company.
There were two stand-out moments that we will remember for a long time.
In November we carried off the Golden Bridge Trade & Export Awards 2015.
The awards are an initiative of the Belgium Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium to celebrate the very best of Benelux and British business.
In winning the medium-sized company category, judges were highly impressed by our approach to developing the Benelux market and the level of business generated.
Hearty congratulations to my colleagues Ester Stevers and Dave Van Looy who worked so hard on our award entry and presentation to the judges.
In May we celebrated our place on the international stage as RWS gained the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – for the fifth time – the UK’s highest accolade for business success.
The awards are made annually by HM The Queen and are only given for the highest levels of excellence.
So, it has been a truly memorable year and we look forward with great anticipation to further success for in 2016 and, most of all, to assisting our clients fulfil their own goals and ambitions.