Age of Consent

Not all legal changes have a direct impact on our working lives, but the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which becomes law on May 25th 2018, will change the way professional people communicate. This unifying law increases privacy rights for individuals and strengthens obligations of companies. Those who don’t comply will be hit hard, with fines of up to 4% of the global turnover. GDPR requires employees and customers to give unambiguous consent for data collection and use. That consent must be given specifically, and on an informed basis. It won’t be lawful to ask people to tick boxes with...

Planet Hollywood

Every business has a story to tell, but few of us tell our stories as lavishly as film makers. When movie studios allocate budgets they know costs will keep rising long after the cameras stop rolling. Marketing expenses routinely run into tens of millions of dollars, and the rewards for successful campaigns are huge. 2017’s most popular film, a live action version of the classic fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” has generated over $500 million in ticket sales in the United States. But it made even more overseas, pushing its global revenue to $1.25 billion. Vast sums have been...

Part of the Family

The World of Learning conference is an annual highlight, not only for education professionals but for anyone with an interest in staff development. Among the themes of this year’s event at the NEC, one stood out - effective employee on-boarding. This is a vital part of the training and development process and companies that get it wrong may not get the opportunity to put it right. An alarming number of people quit new jobs within the first week, and many more decide very quickly that their new company isn’t a long-term option. To quote the CIPD: “Even when people stay...

Fashion Sense

Every industry has its defining events, and for the fashion industry the Moda Trade Exhibition is a highlight. Twice a year industry leaders come together at the NEC in Birmingham. On August 6th, 7th and 8th they had a lot to talk about. Moda serves two purposes. Firstly it’s a thriving marketplace where products are showcased and orders are placed. Secondly, it’s a forum for ideas where industry insiders share their thoughts on the future of fashion retail. The seminars that attracted our attention showed us not only where the industry is going, but how we can help with the...

Africa rising

African Tribe Jumping in a Circle 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,...