Preston’s Lifeline sources interpreters from across Europe for China event

Preston-based Lifeline Language Services has provided interpreting services for a major business matchmaking event organised by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and Bank of China.

UKTI and the Bank of China hosted one of the UK’s largest business matchmaking events offering UK and Chinese SMEs an opportunity to explore potential partnerships at the Hilton in Manchester during the state visit of President Xi Jinping on 23 October 2015. Over 100 Chinese SMEs met face-to-face with a wide range of UK businesses around 100 tables, each with an interpreter to facilitate discussion.

The only interpreting provider selected for the event, Lifeline sourced no less than 79 professional and experienced Mandarin interpreters from all over the UK and Northern Europe to provide both simultaneous interpreting for the opening addresses and face-to-face interpreting for the important matchmaking discussions.

Lifeline’s managing director, Lynn Everson, says: “Having worked intensively for three weeks with Bank of China to ensure everything was in place, including personalised briefing notes and bilingual name badge for each interpreter, our Operations Manager Jenny Bryce also spent the day at the event to ensure all went well, registering and briefing each interpreter on arrival and checking them off at the end.”

“We were very honoured to be selected by UKTI and Bank of China as exclusive provider of interpreting services for this major event and look forward to working with both more over coming years. We are passionate believers that high quality translation and interpreting services play an essential role in ensuring UK plc can fully harness opportunities from across the world.”

Michael Charlton, minister counsellor and acting director-general, UKTI China, said: “China is a huge and expanding market for UK businesses. UK exports have increased by over 37 per cent in the last two years and we are determined for that figure to increase.

“This match-making event was an excellent opportunity for UK and Chinese businesses to share industry insights, discuss market developments, break down trade barriers and develop relationships.

“The companies benefited from being able to meet face to face in order to explore doing business together.”

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