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Postiwyd Gan CBSA on Tuesday, July 03, 2012
National award winning language service provider Veritas, based on Swansea Waterfront, celebrated its third birthday on Friday 1 June.
Founded by Swansea University graduates Rachel Bryan and Sharon Stephens at the beginning of June 2009, the limited company - which offers a diverse range of translation, interpreting, localisation and multimedia services - has come on inleaps and bounds in the past 36 months.
Having now reached this milestone, Veritas are keen to put something back into the local economy, as well as also into the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
Rachel and Sharon have recently been working with Bishopston Comprehensive School in SA3 for the Swansea Bay Young Business Dragons 2012 competition, in partnership with Careers Wales.
With popular television programmes such as The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den capturing the imaginations of young people nationwide, the scheme sets a regional business challenge for secondary schools. It sees students embarking on a six-month programme that aims to inspire them to become future entrepreneurs.
“I went to Bishopston school and would have loved the Business Dragons to have been there!” said Sharon.
“The children were amazing, with such innovative ideas and innate entrepreneurship,” added Rachel.
“We appear to have a very creative generation of ambitious school children, who all believe that anything is possible.
“They understand that if you come up with a good idea, then you can make money and be your own boss!”
Veritas was nominated for several national awards during 2010 and 2011, and won Best International Business at the HSBC Start-up Stars Awards in London. Now boasting several major contracts, the company decided to formalise its processes and gained accreditation in ISO 9001 and the translation specific standard EN 15038. A telephone interpreting service was also launched, live 24/7, 365 days of the year in 157 languages.
In the last 12 months, Veritas has scaled up to cater for an international customer base, with a very wide range of needs. Their network of linguists has grown to more than 7,000 and a £1.5 million contract with an international recruitment plc has been signed.
Veritas have also taken the time to speak to trainee translators at Swansea University, understanding that they are the linguists of the future and highlighting that they are passionate about supporting and encouraging them.
They have many exciting plans in the pipeline too, which include introducing a range of new complementary services and expanding their capabilities. Yet Rachel and Sharon are keeping their feet firmly on the ground as the company enters its fourth year.
“We will never lose sight of our original vision: to deliver high-quality language services, exceed our customers’ expectations, and value and respect our amazing linguists.”