Happy New Year

The beginning of a year usually finds most of us with an army of resolutions and taking stock of what happened in the previous year. It is not any different for us at First Edition Translations, either. 2018 was an eventful year with many great and proud moments. 

ISO 17100:2015

One of the most memorable moments in 2018 was when we heard the good news that after a rigorous audit process, First Edition Translations received the language industry-specific ISO 17100:2015 certification. We are very proud that our working processes and quality control procedures have been recognised by such a prestigious standard.

What did we work on?

It seems like 2018 was the year of standards and regulations: the new General Data Protection Regulation was introduced in May. Those early summer months were rather busy at First Edition, as we helped several businesses ensure that their legal documentation and information reached their international partners and users in a clear and accurate translation of the highest standards.

Legal translations weren’t our only focus this year, however. Our Commercial Team and specialist translators had their hands full with projects for the pharma industry but e-learning materials and sales & marketing documents were also popular. Our Editorial Team continued to work on art-related publications, cookery books, and our favourites, fun children’s books. Our three most requested languages were German, French and Dutch but we had the chance to work with some more “unusual” languages, such as Swahili, Amharic and Mongolian.

Keen to improve

At First Edition we are keen on keeping up with the latest developments in our industry in order to provide the best service to our clients. In March we visited Warsaw, Poland for The Translation & Localization Conference where we learnt some secrets about machine translation and what it means for translation companies and linguists alike. In May the Commercial Team attended the SDL Trados Roadshow in London to get up-to-speed on what’s new in the world of translation memory tools. Our Editorial Team had also had their fun for the year: Isabelle and James, together with our Head of Sales & Marketing, Ben, visited the world-famous London Book Fair. James and Ben also made a trip to Germany to meet our lovely clients and translators at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Isabelle spent a few days in Porto, Portugal to take part in Elia’s ND Focus conference to learn some new tricks and tips about project management.

Staff news

2018 saw some exciting changes in our team, as well. James was promoted to Editorial Translations Manager this year. Well done, James and congratulations! Anikó from our Commercial Team has decided to explore slightly different avenues moving forward. (You might hear from her as she is still looking after FE’s social media and blog!) Agnès Ganichaud took over her responsibilities as a Project Manager. You may find her name and face familiar and it is not a mistake – a few years ago she was part of our Editorial Team and now returned as a member of our Commercial Project Management Team. Welcome back, Agnès!

Looking forward

As you can see 2018 was definitely not a boring year at First Edition. But what a great year it was! And by the looks of it, 2019 will be just as exciting. You will be able to meet our team members in London again at the Book Fair in March and we wouldn’t miss our annual pilgrimage to Frankfurt in October, either. In February you can catch us in Barcelona at the Together 2019 conference organised by Elia, the European Language Industry Association. Do let us know if you’re attending any of these events, we would love to arrange a meeting with you!

We hope you closed a successful 2018 and the new year has started amazingly for you and your business. We wish that your 2019 diary be filled with many interesting and fulfilling projects both in your professional and private life.

If there is anything you need our help with, an important translation or a tricky cultural question, don’t hesitate to let us know, just give us a call on +44 (0) 1223 356 733 or drop us a quick message at enquiries@firstedit.co.uk, we would be happy to assist you!