Africa rising

African people dancing Recognizing people’s potential and respecting their culture can build a bridge, and communicating in a language they understand can help you cross it. More than three thousand languages are spoken in Africa, and UNESCO has reported that the mass media use almost two hundred and fifty of them. Over sixty languages are used in the continent’s formal legal proceedings, and over fifty in the African public administration. Clear professional communication will take you across this bridge. Uniquely among language service providers, Absolute Translations offers you dedicated teams of native speakers in the rarest African tongues and dialects. We maintain constant...

All tomorrow’s challenges

Some events set the tone for the year. Last month’s Localization World in Barcelona set the tone for the decade. Industry experts came together to share their visions for the future of translation services. The ideas discussed were so vivid that the future seemed to unfold before our eyes. We hope you’ll enjoy our summary. The Permanent Revolution The idea of a service provider moving forward inch by inch, occasionally pausing for breath, belongs in the past. We live in an age of continuous improvement. Computer Assisted Technology (CAT) tools make our service more productive and competitive by the day,...

When the world is watching

The weekend of July 15th and 16th was arguably the highlight of the British sporting calendar. As well as giving us the singles and doubles finals at Wimbledon, it also gave us the blue riband event of motor racing, the British Grand Prix. At both events we saw a succession of gifted professionals demonstrate their skill. And their appeal is evident in the advertising revenue they generate. Title sponsorship of a Formula One team, typically giving you advertising space on the sides and rear wing of the cars, can cost up to £70 million per annum. Wimbledon sponsors pay up...

Shopping Around

Not too long ago retailers were competing to make and stock products that consumers would cross the street to buy. Today we don’t have to cross the street, or even leave the room. What about tomorrow? Maybe we can learn from a dominant market leader? Amazon’s impact on global retail continues to dazzle. Not content with a turnover that topped $135 billion in 2016, the eCommerce giant has now launched an own-label fashion range in Britain. A similar launch hit the US market last year and while no attempt is being made at ground-breaking fashion design, the 400 new products...

Absolutely Certifiably Yours

During election campaigns we often hear arguments for changes to consumer, employment and immigration laws. At Absolute Translations we focus our energy and expertise on helping clients abide by those laws. The accepted way to prepare paperwork for official use in the UK and abroad is to have it certified. When different countries follow different legal principles, paperwork that meets an international standard can make all the difference to a life-changing visa application or a high-profile litigation brief. When clients ask us to deliver certified translations, our goals and processes are clear. In addition to the linguistic quality that we always...

Deal or No Deal?

This week saw the publication of an interesting report on merger and acquisition activity from the global accounting and business advisory firm Moore Stephens. The report tells us that a quarter of the M&A negotiations in Britain in 2016 fell through. And the number of these negotiations was down almost 20% year on year to start with. Are our corporate leaders losing the art of the deal? Or are they applying sensible caution during uncertain times? It’s not unusual for a business to hesitate on a large-scale transaction, particularly when it can send their level of debt soaring. And uncertainty...