Isabel Oakeshott Isabel Oakeshott
Aug 11


EUATC founding members, the Association of Translation Companies (ATC), has announced that one of the UK's leading political journalist is to be the keynote speaker at its annual conference, the Language Industry Summit 2018 taking place in Cardiff, the capital of Wales from 20th to 22nd September.

Isabel Oakeshott is an award-winning UK journalist and broadcaster, is best known for her unauthorised biography of former British Prime Minister David Cameron, 'Call me Dave', which she co-authored with former Conservative Party chairman Lord Ashcroft.

She has also ghost written 'The Bad Boys of Brexit', the diary of billionaire Arron Banks who helped to bankroll the Brexit campaign. In her keynote address Isabel will draw on her insight when compiling the diary to speak on all things Brexit and how this will affect businesses, including LSPs, in the future.

Focus on small business owner

For the first time the Association of Translation Companies has included an extra morning at its annual Language Industry Summit this September and extended the event to include the morning of Saturday 22 September, with a special focus for small LSPs.

The ATC has invited three speakers to use the theme of this year’s Summit, Changing Landscape: UK language industry 2020 and beyondto develop seminars of specific relevance to smaller businesses. The Saturday morning schedule is hoped to attract small business owners who would find it difficult to attend a full two-day event.

The morning is led by Helen Provart, Managing Director, Peak Translations who starts the session on the theme Changing Landscapes. Roger Smith, Business Development Manager, Zelenka will focus on Quality Management, including ISO and GDPR, while Julie Giguère, Managing Director, Asian Absolute, will lead a discussion group on business planning and strategy and its relevance to the smaller business owner.

Commenting on the Small Business Focus initiative, ATC Council Member, Treasurer and Summit Committee member Cherie Plaice, said: “The ATC is committed to a diverse membership of large and small LSPs who benefit from the collective mission of the association, to promote the interests and use of ATC member companies and further the interests of the translating profession generally. The Small Business Focus at this year’s conference is part of a new initiative to create events and assets for smaller translation companies who are already members or wish to be. We are excited about this new project and anticipate a positive response at the Summit in Cardiff.”

To register to participate in the summit, which includes the Summit Awards ceremony click HERE.