New management team at fast-growing language specialist

Steve Wilde, Jasmin Schneider and David Nichols

Language services specialist The Translation People has appointed a new management team as its co-founders focus on planning the company’s next phase of growth.

Directors Steve Wilde and David Nichols established The Translation People in 2007 and have steered its into a £5.8m-turnover international business with 40 staff and a client base which spans more than 60 countries.

The duo are now aim to double the size of the business over five years, through organic growth and acquisitions in the UK and overseas of translation providers and those offering complementary services, including advanced technology and audio-visual.

The company has its headquarters in Cheadle Hulme and operates from three other UK locations with offices also in France, Germany and the United States.

It expanded last year with the acquisition of Cicero Translations in Tunbridge Wells and the opening of a second German office in Munich.

Under the restructure, Jasmin Schneider has been promoted from operations director to succeed Steve as managing director.

Sam Bennett, who managed the Glasgow office and worked as the company’s quality assurance manager, has become operations director.

Steve Holden has been promoted from financial controller to the new role of finance director in a new-look management team which also includes business development director Alan White.

Steve Wilde said: “Over the past year or so we have successfully integrated the new Cicero business and laid the foundation for further growth in Germany with the opening of our Munich office.

“David and I felt the time was now right to devolve the day-to-day running of the business to focus more on our strategic direction and the search for further suitable acquisitions.

“We are extremely confident that Jasmin and our new management team have the ideal combination of skills and experience to lead the continued development of the company, with an emphasis on offering even more translation technology to the benefit of our client base.

“Alongside organic growth we will be looking at further suitable acquisitions to enable the company to offer new services, more specialised translators and increased capabilities to clients.
“These are exciting times for The Translation People.”

The Translation People saw turnover rise nearly 14 per cent in 2018 to £5.8m from £5.1m and growth has continued this year, with the addition of more than 200 new clients in sectors including automotive, engineering, insurance and software.

Its client base ranges from small businesses and government departments to multi-national corporations. It provides translation services in almost 300 language combinations.

Jasmin has nearly 20 years of translation industry expertise, having worked for agencies in her native Germany and then France before joining The Translation People as an account manager in 2005. She has progressed through the ranks and worked as operations director for four years before her latest promotion.

As operations director, she developed numerous technology enhancements, both within the business and for some of the company’s biggest customers.

She said: “It’s a huge privilege to lead this ambitious business with its range of talent at all levels and strength of capabilities.

“The translation sector continues to perform strongly and is set to grow further in the coming years.

“I am determined to ensure that, by combining our excellent service and quality with increased emphasis on the benefits that translation technology can bring, we will achieve our ambitious targets.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with our new management team and our staff across the company to continue to develop improved language services which will benefit our clients and business partners.”