Translation specialist looking to expand in Hull
From left, Kirk Akdemir and Andrei Sparling
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 26 Jun 2018
A LANGUAGE company with roots in Hull has pledged its commitment to the city as it seeks a bigger home to expand.
AA Global Language Services Ltd, which provides a range of translation and interpreting services, said its office in the city had “grown in importance”, and was being cramped following an influx of staff.
The business is now on the lookout for a larger home in Hull.
Andrei Sparling, general manager of AA Global, said: “Since we expanded from our base in Worcester, our Hull office has grown in importance and now employs 15 of our 20-strong workforce.
“As more people have arrived, the building has become a bit cramped and we have decided it is time for a move.
“We’ve looked at a number of sites and we expect to agree a deal soon, with a view to moving during the next few months.
“With a bigger office we’ll be aiming to expand further and we expect to recruit across all areas of the business.”
AA Global works in a variety of sectors, and employs almost 15,000 translators and interpreters who, between them, can cover more than 500 languages.
Discussions are ongoing over the move to a new home in Hull, and details of a location have yet to be revealed.
The company’s CEO, Kirk Akdemir, said AA was hunting for a newer, more modern and spacious premises, with plans to recruit new staff in the future.
Andrei Sparling is a recent appointment as general manager, having joined AA as a part-time interpreter and progressed to lead the business’ move to Hull in 2011.
Mr Akdemir said of the new manager: “Andrei joined us in a part-time role, came in full-time at a very junior level and has taken on more and more responsibility over the years, making a significant contribution to the success of the business.
“He has played a pivotal part in our development in Hull and he will be a key figure as we complete the relocation.”
Kirk added that the promotion of Andrei sends a message to all new recruits that AA Global will offer the opportunities for the most junior staff to build successful and rewarding careers.
Mr Sparling, who comes from Moldova, said: “The work has been very challenging and there is always so much more to learn, but that motivates me, as do the people I work with.
“It’s about everybody working together and helping each other. My colleagues are part of the reason I am where I am.
“I was one of the first people from AA Global to arrive in Hull and I have seen the transition of the city first-hand. It’s a lovely city and I see it as my home rather than as a place I came to because of a job.”