A recent article in the Herald Scotland, ‘eCommerce is a global treasure trove … but Scotland’s more serious about belly dancing’, questions why Scottish government and businesses have yet to take advantage of the enormous opportunities presented by eCommerce.
As native English speakers, it’s easy to assume that because English is the world’s most commonly spoken second language, there’s no need to bother with a second tongue. But the fact is, those leaving education armed with fluency in at least one foreign tongue will be at a distinct advantage over other job-hunters. Language, after all, is one of the last few remaining barriers in creating a true global village.
Recently Lingo24 was listed as a regional finalist in the HSBC Business Thinking competition, which earned us a place on the Thought Exchange trip to Istanbul in mid-September – a chance for business leaders from Scotland and Northern Ireland to swap ideas and build business relationships.
Lingo24, Scotland’s most successful translation and localisation company, with a turnover of £3.65m in 2009, broke into the US market this month, launching a full-time hub in Silicon Valley.
Lingo24’s CTO Andrzej Zydron recently returned from a week in Bucharest, Romania, where he was contributing to the EU-funded Multilingual Web project.