Think International! A Business Breakfast on Language Services

Business meeting

Does your business export and import products to and from the UK? Negotiate with partners abroad? Employ international staff?

This free Business Breakfast, presented by Aston University and the Brasshouse Language Centre, will allow you to discuss your foreign language needs with experts and find out about the language services that are available to help your business.

The Breakfast will look at the type of materials you may require in other languages, how language needs can be incorporated best in the development of products or services you want to promote outside the UK and how language competence of multilingual staff can best be utilised to enhance your company’s productivity and reputation.

It will also include the opportunity to look at case studies from SMEs who have been supported in their language needs and how it has helped their company to grow.


07:30  Registration

08:00  Introduction to the event by Professor Christina Schaeffner, Aston University, and Carl Marshall, Brasshouse

08:15  Success stories: what have small businesses done  to meet their business needs?
(Speaker:  Gudrun Smith, Brasshouse Language Services)

08:30  What funding is available to SMEs for language development work?
(Speaker: Paul Cornick – Business Development Manager at Birmingham Adult Education Service)

08:45  What services can be provided by Aston University?
(Speaker: Professor Christina Schaeffner)

08:55 Open Q & A on language services chaired by Professor Christina Schaeffner, Aston University, and Carl Marshall, Brasshouse


09:30  Close 

Professor Christina Schaeffner is a Professor of Translation Studies and Director of Aston's Translation Studies programmes. She is a regular speaker at the annual conferences of the Association of Translation Companies and also acted as a consultant for evaluating companies' translation processes. Aston has a long tradition in delivering Modern Languages and Translation programmes and is also offering the Languages for Allprogramme.


Carl Marshall  is the Head of Brasshouse Translations and Interpreting Services (BTIS). BTIS is  Birmingham City Council’s in-house language provider and also provides services to the tertiary  sector as well as to other local authorities. BTIS provides translation and interpreting in over 60 languages each year and specialises both  in European Languages for business and in Asian languages. 

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