Can your language provider support you through Brexit?
As we move closer to the deadline for exiting the EU, many industries are looking more deeply into how they might be affected by Brexit and the language industry is no exception.
In March, I attended the ATC (Association of Translation Companies) Networking Event in Leeds, where the focus was very much on issues impacting the language industry as a result of the UK leaving the EU. It was a very interesting session which exposed the huge variations that make up the landscape of our industry, as well as the wide range of organisations and sectors we work with to facilitate communication.
It led me to think about how and to what extent the issues we face will impact our clients, and this will depend very much on the sectors you operate in as well as the services you require.
Action: Make sure your language service provider has sufficient resources in place as well as the appropriate technology to be able to offer either telephone or video interpreting services in place of face to face.
Action: Ensure your current language provider has the flexibility and adequate multilingual resources to support your export strategy moving forward.
Action: Make sure your language provider has a global supply chain structure in place to ensure you benefit from an increased pool of resources and maintain continued stability in the current uncertain political climate.
Why partner with Peak?
In short, I believe that whatever the impact of Brexit, here at Peak we are well-positioned to support our clients through this potential period of change, whether adapting current processes or entering new markets, as we cover a wide range of languages specialising in a variety of different sectors, giving us the ability to be flexible and responsive to our clients’ requirements.
I predict that companies are going to continue to export regardless of the outcome at the end of October or beyond, the question will be which countries they will target. Therefore, from our point of view, the biggest effect is most likely to be a shift in the languages requested.
By Helen Provart, MD, May 2019
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