Swansea, United Kingdom (15th May, 2012) – Wolfestone Translation, a market-leading language translation company offering translation and voiceover services across all languages, are backing a new campaign formed by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Wales which urges AMs and MPs to visit small firms in their constituencies, keep up to date with the challenges they face and reflect this in their policy making.
The FSB’s new campaign was formed in light of recent findings from the Visa UK Expenditure Index, which conclude that household spending in April this year dropped by one of the largest monthly amounts since the financial crisis in early 2009, with wet weather believed to have put shoppers off pounding the pavements and instead take to their computers for retail therapy.
Face-to-face spending on the high street saw a 6.9 per cent year on year fall, which was the biggest drop recorded since the study began in June 2009. Visa also found that online spending saw a gentler decline of 0.8 per cent, compared with the 2.8 per cent fall it suffered in March.
Steve Perry, commercial director at Visa Europe, said: “The dismal weather clearly had an impact on retail sales and unlike last year, there was no royal wedding to buoy the month’s consumer expenditure.”
Anna Bastek, Director at Wolfestone, commented: “The Government is clearly seeking to champion local business with the FSB’s latest campaign, and one of the ways they can accelerate this is by proactively recruiting successful business people to mentor start-ups.
“They should also do more to help UK businesses target new overseas markets.
“There is a huge amount of talent and innovation in the UK, and if the best market for those qualities lies overseas, we need to tap into it.
“The Government needs to provide SMEs with useful and timely information on key target markets as well as practical advice in implementing their export strategy.”
Janet Jones, Welsh Policy Unit Chair for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “There are many fantastic entrepreneurs like Anna and Roy in Wales, and by making these individuals more visible, it can show others what is possible and that help is at hand.
“Small enterprises are the backbone of the Welsh economy and the Welsh Government can do more to support these businesses, particularly in the early days after starting up a business. The real-life entrepreneurs are the risk-takers and the job creators.
“While we acknowledge that politicians share our ambition to strengthen and increase the competitiveness of the Welsh economy, this is not always as evident when it comes to actual engagement with business.”
For more information on Wolfestone and their language translation services, visit their website at www.wolfestone.co.uk or telephone 0845 000 0083.
Founded by two entrepreneurs from Wales and Poland, Wolfestone is a language services company with the aim of becoming one of the most successful, most reliable language services providers to the media and also the private and public sector. They provide language translation to and from English, and employ highly skilled, professional translators who are proficient in over seventy different languages and dialects, including French, German, Polish, and Chinese, to name but a few.
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