News & Update

Language Shop in award winning partnership

Published on 21-05-2014

We are delighted to announce that the East London Solutions partnership, of which we are a member, has just won the silver award in the connecting people category in the 2014 Efficiency and Improvement Awards. The awards recognise public sector organisations working in new and creative ways to deliver services in the face of severe […]

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Talking shop: join our new Interpreters’ Working Group

Published on 21-05-2014

Nobody understands the ups and downs of being an interpreter like other interpreters, but if you’re self employed, it is not always easy to get support from your colleagues. Interpreters, flying from one job to the next, do not tend to get those water cooler moments. Getting together to talk shop is not only good […]

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Setting the standards for interpreting [customers]

Published on 21-05-2014

As a smaller agency in our industry, competing with the big players takes creativity and a bit of lateral thinking. At the Language Shop we have always understood that the key to our success is our linguists – hence our long-standing Investors in People accreditation. As some larger agencies cut interpreters’ pay and relax standards, […]

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Development begins on you [linguists]

Published on 21-05-2014

Is there an area that you would like to work in, but feel you lack the skills? Do you enjoy your work but want support from other linguists? Hold those thoughts! You will soon receive a questionnaire from the Language Shop, asking for your input to help build our Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme. We […]

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Capita fiasco proves win for interpreters

Published on 21-05-2014

At the end of 2013 the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) withheld £46,319 worth of payments to firm Capita for failing to provide a satisfactory court interpreting service, following pressure from interpreters and MPs. The row over pay and conditions has highlighted the importance of using qualified staff and the vital role that interpreters play in […]

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Changes to legislation for sign language interpreters [customers]

Published on 21-05-2014

If you use BSL interpreters, you should be aware that some of the rules on government funded support for deaf people in work have changed. Access to Work, the grant scheme helping disabled people in the workplace, can be used to pay for interpreters for deaf people. In November 2013, the government made changes to […]

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Customer Profile

Published on 21-05-2014

In each issue, we profile a customer of the Language Shop, so that you can learn more about how interpreters work when they are not working for you. Please get in touch with us if you would like to feature; we would love to hear from you. Our first profile is of Kate Thompson, Care […]

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Staying safe when you’re working solo

Published on 21-05-2014

From the UN to the local GP surgery, the courtroom to the wedding reception, interpreters are at work, acting as the vital link in a chain, bringing communication and understanding. Working alone is a responsibility and, for many, a joy. However, while the vast majority of jobs go without incident, when working alone you may […]

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