Swansea languages graduates win HSBC International Business Stars Award

Veritas Language Solutions, a company set up by two Swansea University languages graduates, has won the HSBC International Business Stars Award, worth £10,000.

Commenting on the HSBC Start up Stars in the Western Mail, Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable said: “These companies demonstrate how British entrepreneurship is driving the small and medium sized enterprise sector forward.

“They have achieved this despite some of the toughest economic conditions for decades, and are succeeding in sectors across our economy and markets across the world.”

Cable’s comments underline the important contribution that Swansea language graduates are making to the Welsh, UK and global economies. BA Translation students Sharon Stephens and Rachel Bryan graduated with Firsts in June 2009, and immediately set up their language services company. In almost no time, Veritas has become a substantial international business, employing hundreds of translators and interpreters world-wide, with customers including the BBC, the NHS and FIFA.

Sharon says: “If it wasn’t for Swansea University and the Modern Languages Department, we wouldn’t be where we are today. We are up for a number of National Awards, utilising the skills attained during our time at Swansea University. If we had not been able to carry out our degrees then many businesses would not be trading internationally as they are today and of course with our help and expertise by their side. The impact we are having on businesses is incredible – thanks to the training and help of Swansea University.”

Our congratulations to Sharon and Rachel on this richly deserved award!

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