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£1M contract for Swansea firm

Posted 8th April 2010.

Sharon Stephens and Rachel Bryan met at Swansea University and began their translating business on a dining room table last summer.

Now their firm Veritas Language Solutions has just moved in to new offices in Swansea’s Exchange Building, and has landed a deal to run a multilingual customer service centre handling calls in Spanish, German, Italian, French, Polish, Romanian and Portuguese for clients around the world.

Swansea-born Sharon said: "I didn’t realise at the time what impact Rachel would have on my life and what our fantastic friendship would bring.

"With us both having children of the same age, plus finding out that our mums were friends before we met, it felt like we were destined to meet and strike up quite an extraordinary friendship. It was at this stage that Rachel and I were talking about when we finish our degrees and what we would like to do, and the seed was sown to set up a company together."

Sharon, a former Welsh ladies tennis champion, worked as a tennis coach in America, taught English in Spain and worked for First Choice Holidays in the Canary Islands, before returning to Swansea.

While studying to be a translator at Swansea University she came up with the idea for a new language business with Bristol-born Rachel. From Rachel’s dining room table, the company progressed to an office on the Singleton campus offering translation services to staff and students. Now the company reaches around the world with its new headquarters in Swansea’s Maritime Quarter which employs 12 people as well as offices in London, Spain and Russia.

Veritas now has more 40 full-time staff and more than 1,000 translators on its books.

Mum-of-two Sharon said: "When we started Veritas we both agreed to adhere to one simple rule quality above all. We have found that we are able to provide a quality service at amazingly affordable prices and we are incredibly proud of what we have achieved."

For more info please visit www.veritaslanguagesolutions.com