Gavin Wheeldon’s Manchester translation company has prospered despite being rejected on the television programme Dragons’ Den in 2006. Applied Language Solutions claims to be able to translate almost anything thanks to its network of experienced translators. It also has a team of IT developers who have produced a translation management program to ensure the most appropriate specialists are assigned to each task. The firm handles services in more than 140 languages for clients including Nike, Yahoo and Caterpillar, and has offices in India, Bulgaria and America. This year the company launched Export Box in partnership with Google, Royal Mail and HSBC. This helps smaller companies get to grips with exporting by offering packages that include multilingual advertising, website translation and marketing research. Sales grew 59% a year from £1.6m in 2006 to £6.3m in 2009.

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Company details
Year2009
Rank87
CompanyApplied Language Solutions
ActivityTranslation services provider
LocationManchester
Annual sales rise over 3 years59.16%
Latest sales £000s*6,257
Staff102
Founded2003
Websitewww.appliedlanguage.com

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