Corrine Smith, ATC council member fronting the association's Small Business Initiative Corrine Smith, ATC council member fronting the association's Small Business Initiative
Jan 23


Around 60% of EUATC founder member the Association of Translation Companies' (ATC) members are small businesses and, in 2019, much of ATC’s focus will be on supporting and producing content tailored for SME LSPs through its new Small Business Initiative.

The Small Business Initiative was set up to provide support and training, keeping it relevant to LSPs working to tighter budgets and with fewer staff numbers, and who as a result may not have significant time to dedicate to each and every area of business at all times.

Corinne Smith, ATC’s Small Business Champion said: ”We want to help small business members streamline their processes and find cost effective and efficient ways of keeping up with changes in our industry and to business in general. As a result, we have just launched details of our webinar series in which we will be offering trainings in topics such as GDPR, strategic business planning, marketing, CAT tools for small businesses, and operational processes. In addition to the webinars, we will also be hosting networking events aimed at small business members.

”For 2019, we are also planning a mentoring programme aimed at ATC’s new membership category, Supported Start-Ups, all of whom are also small businesses. This programme will provide one-on-one support and a roadmap towards full ATC membership and the focus on providing quality services that it signals.”

The ATC’s monthly Small Business webinars will focus on business, marketing, quality, contracts, technology, operational processes, all from the perspective of the smaller LSP with the next two looking at GDPR for small businesses (13 February) and ISO standards, practical translation quality control(13 March).

As part of its Small Busines Initiative, the ATC is also running a quick survey among UK members and other UK language industry professionals to find out how many EU citizens in their businesses will be affected by Brexit.  There are three questions to answer and the link is here– please pass it to colleagues and partners or share it on social media.

With the call for papers for the ATC’s Summit 19-20 September in Greenwich, London, now open, this year’s Small Business Focus means the ATC is looking for topics of relevance to smaller businesses, as well as those with implications for the whole language industry.  Topics you may consider presenting could include:

  • M&A through a smaller LSPs point of view
  • SMEs setting up shop overseas
  • How to make the most of UK government grants

The ATC is requesting that speaker papers are sent to the ATC Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view 15 February 2019.  Registration for Summit opens on 4 February, with Early Bird discounts for members available to 30 June.