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While we are far from being complacent, we are pleased to have had such a good start to the year.

Language services specialist The Translation People has acquired the rights to the client and supplier database of Alden Translations, the translation division of printing business Alden HenDi, which was placed in administration in December.

The company has also employed Account Manager Eric Van Looy, one of those made redundant following the collapse of the Oxford-based business. Eric is now working out of The Translation People’s Heathrow office.

A Belgian national, Eric is fluent in Dutch, English, French and Italian. In his new role, he will support the firm’s drive to secure more business from the eurozone, and help to expand its client base in the South East of England.

Steve Wilde, Managing Director of The Translation People, said his team were working to support former clients of Alden Translations and to ensure continuity of service wherever possible.

He said: “It is very sad to see such an historic business go into administration. However, we are working hard to assist former clients with any new or unfinished projects – even as far as using the same suppliers if we are able to.

“We are delighted to appoint Eric to our growing team. His language skills and his specialist knowledge of key industry sectors such as pharmaceuticals will be a real asset.”

The Translation People, which has offices in Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and Heathrow, is enjoying a strong start to 2009, with orders for January 30% cent up on 2008.

Steve Wilde said: “While we are far from being complacent, we are pleased to have had such a good start to the year.”

He also indicated interest in further acquisitions: "We are looking to grow our business both organically and via acquisition. Where the purchase of a business enables us to build our talent pool and expand our client base, as in this instance, we are very much open to discussion."


Notes to editors:

• The Translation People is a successful and well established language translation company, offering translation of printed and online communications, multilingual document production, software localisation, voiceovers, subtitling and conference and court interpreting. Clients include: Boots, Toshiba, NatWest and The Department for Work and Pensions.

• The £2.4m turnover company employs 19 people and operates from a head office in Didsbury, Manchester, with additional offices in Heathrow, Glasgow and Birmingham.

• Alden HenDi offered a comprehensive range of digital and litho printing services and translation and publishing solutions from two sites in Oxfordshire and London. The business was placed in administration in December 2008.

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