The North East Social Enterprise Partnership is passionate about the impact and contribution social enterprise is making to the region. We will celebrating the good work and impact of social enterprise in our newsletter, shining a light on examples of innovation, good practice and social enterprise in action.
This week’s story is about Grace Tia Bon Bon and the company she founded which is now trading as Interpreting Translation Line. Grace has been working with the big Japanese manufacturing companies in the region since 1989 providing translation services and helping them engage with the local community. What is most remarkable about Grace’s story is that what seems to be just another company providing services to the private sector is actually a highly successful social enterprises, driven by one of the region’s most committed social entrepreneurs.
The company, Interpreting Translation Line, it is the epitome of social value in action. The business sustains over 100 interpreters and self-employed translators, all living in the region, offering well over a hundred different languages and dialects.
But it doesn’t end there. Because, company profits are used to train and develop local young people, supporting their learning, development and progression into sustainable employment using its contacts in the Japanese companies and many other client contacts.
The company has thus far created sustainable employment for 20 young people providing them with the skills and values local businesses are looking for.