Sales conference is a reminder of our global expertise

Normally we are busy helping clients prepare for their meetings assisting with translations and interpreting but last month, the RWS Group including Eclipse, held its own sales conference.

Over 50 of our colleagues from around the world made their way to our headquarters in Buckinghamshire from all of our offices in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Gathering everyone in one place clearly demonstrated the true global reach of our organisation and the incredible expertise we bring to the market in all corners of the world. Our most recent group acquisitions in the form of Corporate Translations and LUZ saw us welcome more colleagues from both the US and Europe strengthening our expertise and reach in these regions.

As a company, we are proud to say that we can support clients with language solutions throughout their product life cycle all from within one group. We are constantly evolving and welcome the chance to share our expertise in R&D, through product development, regulatory and compliance, to commercialisation and product support.

Above all, the annual conference is an important opportunity for our senior management, marketing and sales teams to meet and review the Group’s progress, receive training and share knowledge. As colleagues we are in touch daily between our multiple locations in the UK, US, Germany and China, and sites in France, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Australia and Argentina. Between us, we work to cover patent translation and intellectual property support services and high level technical, medical, commercial, legal and financial translation services, interpreting and linguistic validation.

Clients can be reassured that from searching and filing their first foreign patent, to having interpreters assist with tender presentations, to translating legal and commercial contracts, to localising their website to subtitling their health & safety videos and ensuring their package labelling is compliant, they can find all the necessary expertise in one place.

Christmas Traditions

Each country has its own unique way of celebrating the Christmas season. Below is a small selection of our favourite traditions from around the world.

Poland

There is a superstition that if you put the carp’s scale in your wallet, you will be lucky and rich in the year to come.

England

An old tradition dictates that each member of the family must stir the Christmas pudding mix in a clockwise direction before it’s cooked, making a wish as they do.

Japan

Fried chicken is a popular dish on Christmas Eve, due to a particularly powerful advertising campaign.

The Netherlands

December 26 is called Second Christmas Day. Often the family goes out to a restaurant to eat on that day. Many concerts, recitals, and other musical performances make this Christmas Day special.

Iceland

Icelandic children leave a shoe on their bedroom windowsills for 12 days at Christmas. Unlike many countries that have one Father Christmas, Icelandic children have the Yuletide lads. Each night a different Yule lad fills the shoe with sweets or gifts ready to enjoy in the morning, unless you have been naughty of course!

320 million words translated as 20th anniversary is celebrated

As we enter the party season, here at Eclipse Translations we raise an extra glass as December is our 20th anniversary.

In an industry where accuracy and precision are taken as a given, we have unearthed some remarkable gems. We have worked on a staggering 120,946 projects, translated an eye-popping 320 million words, worked in 330 languages and won five prestigious awards.

It has been an incredible journey and we are delighted to say that we are continuing to recruit high calibre staff, win exciting new contracts and extend the work that we do for many of our established clients.

The company was established in Holland as a technical translation bureau before relocating to the UK and Eclipse Translations Limited was registered in 1996. The choice of name reflected the growing range of languages and services we started to provide from a small office in Alnwick town centre.

The company kept expanding and in 2001 we constructed purpose-built offices in Alnwick, where we still are today. After further growth and the acquisition of two languages businesses in the north of England, Eclipse was itself acquired by RWS Group in 2005.

We continue to expand our services and expertise as part of the highly resourced RWS Group, which is officially recognised as one of the top 10 language providers in the world. This success includes the company’s contribution to RWS winning the Queen’s Award for Export in 2015 – which was also the same year we won the Belgium Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce ‘Golden Bridge’ Trade & Export Award.

Stuart Carter, managing director, said: “There have been so many landmarks throughout the years and growth has been continuous. Our success to date is based on having a top quality team of people who are absolutely focused on the needs of our customers. So, great credit must go to every member of staff who, together, make a fantastic team.

“This is also a timely moment to thank all of our customers – both well established and new – who place their confidence in us and provide us with the opportunity to demonstrate our expertise and our commitment to helping them move their businesses or organisations forward.

“It is interesting that our birthday falls within the festive season, which is a time of reflection and taking stock. In our 20 years there have been many changes to the way that we operate and like so many other sectors, the biggest change is in the use of technology and its role in customer service. Technology permeates every aspect of our business and we anticipate that this will be even more the case as we move forward. Our aim at Eclipse is to harness technology with our people so that we provide our customers with exceptional levels of service – for many more years to come!”

Our route to the Golden Bridge Awards

On Thursday, as part of parent RWS Group, we are in the final of the Golden Bridge Awards, organised by the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain. It promises to be an outstanding occasion and we are up against some fantastic companies. As we move towards the event, it gives us a moment to reflect on all the work undertaken by the Group, in recent years, to develop this important market.

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