Newbury, United Kingdom, December 08, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Thatcham-based language services company Prestige Network has been recognised in the Thames Valley Small Business Award, after a year in which it saw a phenomenal 40 per cent financial growth.
The company, which caters for language and communications needs in the private and public sector (including the NHS, local government departments, charities, the police and other public organisations), is continuing to build on its successful delivery to over 1,000 clients and forecasts a 100 per cent growth in 2008/2009.
Shawn Khorassani, Business Development Director of Prestige Network, said: “We are really proud to come so high up in the Small Business Award – it’s great news for us to be recognised in front of the cream of the Thames Valley business community. This is an opportunity for us to show our customers, our suppliers and our employees how good we are.
“This year represented a landmark period in our history, with a phenomenal 40 per cent financial growth - it’s fantastic to be bucking the recessional trend in this way. And we are looking forward to the future, with a target to double our turnover during the financial year 2008/2009. This is not something which can be said for many companies in the current financial climate.
“Being runner-up is the icing on the cake to what has been a fantastic year - not only has our business seen a sharp upward trend, but we have increased our staff to 26, boosted the number of clients on our books to 1,000 and grown our linguist numbers to 5,000, as well as doubling the size of our office space by expanding into premises next door.”
The awards were presented at a dinner at Reading’s Royal Berkshire Conference Centre last night (Thursday 20 November 2008) by the former Foreign Secretary and now Housing Minister, the Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP. Prestige Network Ltd was one of six companies shortlisted for The Small Business Award, sponsored by Regus.
Shawn continued: “We are growing in both sides of the business – public sector and commercial. We have invested a lot of effort over the past few years in educating the marketplace in how language services can improve their business and therefore play a part in their success. Now this is all paying off.
“By identifying potential obstacles that may restrict access to foreign nationals, many public and commercial organisations have begun to see the benefits in providing information media for non-English speaking audiences. Language services give companies a huge competitive advantage.
“Ultimately, we believe that passion for what we do and our customer-orientated approach are at the heart of our success.”