We find ourselves facing an uncertain future in the lead up to the UK finally leaving the EU. According to the Office for National Statistics there are 2.28 million EU citizens living and working in the UK and many are understandably anxious and feeling insecure about their future.
Approximately 24% of workers in the UK Hospitality and Tourism industry are non-British nationals. Here at CLT Ltd we realise the major role that excellent communication skills play in this industry and understand that businesses employing a large percentage of non-native English speakers may sometimes struggle with this.
With two transfer windows taking place in the year, many football clubs are buying new players whose English communication skills need some improvement. When players sign for a club outside their native country, they are immediately faced with a language barrier as they try to deal with media coverage, communications on (and off) the pitch and a new culture. In the short term, clubs provide translation services for players to deal with the media but this often doesn’t extend to communication with teammates and managers.
Here we are in a world where we find ourselves needing to communicate more and more with people across the globe and it can be tricky if we don’t speak their language. Whether you are exporting your product to different countries and need a locally translated website, you need to send important work emails to your colleagues in China or you are giving a presentation to your foreign colleagues, it can be a costly and confusing minefield.
Over 23 years ago, Chrissie Rucker had a vision: to create a company that specialised in stylish, white homewares, combining the highest quality with affordable prices. What started as a 12-page mail-order brochure has grown into a multi-channel, international business. The White Company has over 50 stores in the UK with its Distribution Centre based in Swan Valley in Northampton.
We recently made a list of our favourite language learning apps. These apps can give you an essential understanding of how a language works on a conversational level and they can complement your face-to-face language training by helping you to brush up on your grammar and vocabulary. However, we said it then and we’ll say it now: As good as these apps are, they’re no substitute at all for a structured series of lessons.
For many, September is the start of a new chapter. You are still feeling invigorated from your summer holiday and ready to tackle a new “plan” for fitness, your career, your finances or your life.
There is strong evidence to suggest that many UK businesses are not aware of the size and level of opportunity of doing business in Brazil. According to the Department for International Trade, Brazil is the largest economy in Latin America and is the 7th largest economy in the World (as at Jan 2017). What’s more, 400 out of the world’s 500 biggest companies operate in Brazil.
Kristofer Forsmar from toAgree Scandinavia, Swedish based Global Sourcing and Supplier Development consultancy, contacted CLT to work on improving his business English skills.
“I’m too busy to commit to learning a language”, I hear you say. Life can be extremely busy especially if your job involves a lot of foreign travel. Thanks to modern technology you can now learn languages anywhere in the world at a time and place convenient to you.