Peak Translations

Peak Translations’ 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner





Early October back in ’78, Peak Translations was born and on 12th July 2018 we celebrated its 40th birthday at the iconic Imperial War Museum North in Manchester.

The event was aimed at marking the occasion with a fitting celebration but also at highlighting the foundation stones on which the company was built and which still represent the company’s core values today.

With a mix of clients, suppliers, advisors and key stakeholders, we shared the history of the company through the eyes of the founder and our guest of honour for the evening, Ian Gordon, and looked at what the next 40 years might hold.

The evening began with a drinks reception which started outside on the stunning Salford quayside. However, no sooner had we taken our first sip of bubbly than the unpredictable British weather struck and the heavens opened. The move inside actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it gave all our guests a better opportunity to appreciate their amazing surroundings. The venue is remarkable and such a unique space for holding a dinner, it really did create a fabulous buzz. And to see the company’s 40th anniversary logo projected onto the bottom of a Harrier Jump Jet was simply breath-taking.

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After taking their seats for the dinner, the guests were treated to some excellent cuisine with each course representing a country close to the hearts of the members of the Peak team – Italy, France and Spain.

During the meal, we took a trip down memory lane to look at what led to the company being established in 1978 and some of the elements that were crucial to building a successful company. Technology was a key theme, with Ian commenting on the early adoption of electronic typewriters and word processors. He was also instrumental in the introduction of Translation Memory Software into the UK market, which is still widely used today. Quality was another theme identified as an important element and a major achievement in the ‘90s was the ISO9001 accreditation, which Ian had to adapt from a manufacturing basis, for which the standard was designed, to fit a service industry; testament to his commitment to implementing high quality standards.

We then moved on to the current Peak and took a look at where we are heading. The themes of Technology and Quality still underlie the activities we carry out. On the technology front, we are continually looking at opportunities to work with new technologies to enhance our clients’ communications. For example, we provide a service to carry out multilingual SEO for foreign-language websites so that our clients’ sites have a better chance of coming up in foreign searches.

And, in terms of quality, our guests were entertained with a few funny examples of how not to do things, with the aim of reinforcing the importance of always working with native speakers with expertise in specific industries and of always including a revision stage.

The evening concluded with the results of our foreign-themed quiz which tested our guests’ knowledge on things as diverse as the location of Bran Castle (Transylvania, Romania), where the Snow and Ice Festival is celebrated (China) and the British English equivalent of the Australian word “Thong” (Flip Flop). And it was a well-fought contest, which ended-up going to a tie-breaker.

All-in-all, it was a fitting way to mark the 40th anniversary, at a venue which represents history and with the people, past and present, who have made the journey possible. And with everyone wearing a touch of red, as requested, it was a great tribute to the Peak brand.








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