Foreign Languages took pride of place at the Institute of Welsh Affairs / Western Mail Business Awards
16 Nov 2012
On Friday the 9th of November, the profile of Modern Foreign Languages was raised at the Institute of Welsh Affairs / Western Mail Business Awards
The high profile Award Ceremony attracted 350 prominent members of the Welsh business community.
The event, presented by economics and media commentator Faisal Islam celebrated the successes of Welsh business during 2011-2012.
The newly created Award, The Best Use of Foreign Languages in Business Award recognised those Welsh companies who actively use foreign languages to develop strong markets abroad.
Without a doubt, the Award broke new ground for MFL as it demonstrated to the business community how foreign languages can benefit business enormously. Of course it also sends a wider message out to Welsh pupils and parents about how relevant languages are beyond the classroom.
The Best Use of Foreign Languages in Business Award went to Eriez Magnetics Europe Ltd , based in Bedwas. Rebecca John, television Journalist for BBC Wales Today presented the award to Sarah Grain, Export Manager at the company.
The company boasts a strong multilingual staff who develop new markets abroad. The company is one of the most committed partners in CILT Cymru’s Business Language Champions Scheme and have developed a very strong partnership with MFL pupils at Blackwood Comprehensive School.
To our delight, on receiving the Award, Sarah Grain, Export Manager at Eriez acknowledged the innovative work of CILT Cymru in the promotion of languages with the school.
Swansea companies Wolfestone Translation and Veritas Language Solutions were both shortlisted for the Award.
CILT Cymru would like to thank all companies who sent in nominations for this Award. In the same breath, CILT Cymru would also like to thank all companies who continue to support CILT Cymru’s successful Business Language Champions Scheme.