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Year in review 2019

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As 2020 is already well underway, we wanted to take some time out to reflect on what has been another successful and enjoyable year for AST. But where do we begin?


This year, the company underwent a major rebranding project which included the launch of our brand-new website and logo, and the development of our very own cloud-based client portal, JobBox. We took runner-up in the 2019 Midlands Enterprise Awards and added machine translation post-editing to our portfolio of services.

We continued on the path to quality management success by retaining our ISO 9001:2015 certification and passed our first audit to the translation services standard ISO 17100:2015 with flying colours, demonstrating our commitment to providing high-quality translation services to our clients.

We joined forces with a leading online self-service translation platform which automatically imports and exports digital content, enabling companies to take a hands-off approach to managing their translation requirements.

The team

We continued to grow in numbers this year, welcoming Junior Translator Ellen and Accounts Supervisor Michelle to our tight-knit team. Lindsay returned to the fold after her maternity leave following the birth of her second child in January. The team also boosted its repertoire of languages in 2019 as Lauren started attending Arabic evening classes, Eleanor polished up her Polish skills and Anna tried her hand at Dutch.

Out and about

We attended various industry events, including the EUATC (European Union of Associations of Translation Companies) annual conference (hosted by Tallinn in 2019) and visited many of our clients, both in the UK and abroad. We were also guests at a number of trade shows in Birmingham and London.

We believe it is extremely important to offer opportunities to young people considering a career in the translation industry, so have been holding talks and Q&A sessions at the language departments of Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham. We also hosted three project management interns, one translation intern and six work experience students this year.


Teambuilding activities are central to AST’s ethos. In 2019, we took on the challenge of tackling an escape room and attempted to work out whodunnit at a Dickensian murder mystery. We enjoy a weekly internal newsletter; a platform that the entire team can use to share both work and personal achievements and projects. The torrential rain might have put a dampener on our sports day but certainly did not spoil our fun, as some quick thinking meant that we enjoyed an (indoor) board games day instead. The AST running club meets several times a week and the company choir delighted us with four fabulous performances in 2019. And if all that didn’t keep us away from our desks enough, we also continue to enjoy regular fuddles* together.


We are proud to announce that we translated more than 5.5 million words and completed 5,308 projects in 2019. We still have a whole host of exciting developments in the pipeline and look forward to sharing more details in due course. We cannot wait to see what 2020 has in store for us!


*Befuddled by fuddles? This is a Nottingham word which essentially means a bring-and-share lunch.