Fast Track 100

This Manchester firm claims to be able to translate almost anything. It can rewrite documents in Japanese or advise people who want to tattoo a name on their bodies in Hindi script. Gavin Wheeldon says his company has prospered despite rejection on Dragons’ Den in 2006. He spoke no foreign languages when he remortgaged his house in 2003 to found Applied Language Solutions, but today the company offers online translation services in more than 140 languages for clients that include Nike, Google Europe, HP and Yahoo. The company uses people who have experience of the sectors in which its clients work. It also has a team of IT developers who have produced a highly accurate translation management program to ensure the most appropriate specialist translators are assigned to each task. The company’s sales have soared 111% a year from £580,000 in 2005 to £5.5m in 2008.

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Company details
Year2008
Rank23
CompanyApplied Language Solutions
ActivityTranslation services provider
LocationManchester
Annual sales rise over 3 years111.43%
Latest sales £000s*5,480
Staff85
Founded2003
Websitewww.appliedlanguage.com

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