We're speaking the council's language
A TRANSLATION and interpreting business that sees Hull as an "international gateway" has landed a major contract in the region.
AA Global Language Services Ltd has secured a significant contract with East Riding Council to provide translation and interpreting services to the local authority for the next three years.
The success comes after winning a competitive tendering process and has been gained within six months of expanding into a new office in Hull.
The contract will be managed from AA Global's Hull office, which opened in March at Hull Marina when chief executive Kirk Akdemir set out to increase the company's support for clients in the north.
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Mr Akdemir, who launched the business in Worcester 25 years ago, said that before coming to the city, the business was already working in the area with clients such as Hull City Council and the City Health Care Partnership, as well as a number of private sector companies.
He said: "We chose Hull for our second office because we were already doing a considerable amount of work here and we have confidence in the area.
"We believe Hull offers good opportunities for business and that those opportunities will lead to more job creation.
"This is an ideal location for us and is already supporting our activities nationwide and internationally."
Mr Akdemir said that business has increased and the company has created work for about 100 linguists from the Hull office.
He said: "We are now looking for more linguists in Hull and looking for permanent staff, particularly on the business development side."
The translation business, which provides translation and interpreting services to the public and private sectors, is currently in the process of recruiting permanent and freelance staff as it moves to strengthen its presence nationwide.
It can call upon the services of more than 4,500 qualified and experienced linguists who cover more than 250 languages and translate millions of words each year.
The latest deal follows recent contract wins with Southampton City Council and with Waterloo Housing Group, a Midlands-based company that manages more than 18,000 homes between the Welsh borders and The Wash.
AA Global is also adding to its private sector work and has become a sponsor of the international trade department at the Hull And Humber Chamber Of Commerce.
Mr Akdemir recently joined a chamber trade mission to Poland and he has helped the chamber deliver a mission to his native Turkey.
Mr Akdemir said: "We work closely with the chamber because we see Hull as a gateway to Europe and to international business generally."