thebigword chief executive Larry Gould.
Nick Hill

Leeds language communications firm wins Canadian Armed Forces contract

thebigword, the Leeds-based language services provider, has secured a new contract to deliver interpreting services to the Canadian Armed Forces in Ukraine.

From October, thebigword will provide interpreters to support a CAF mission to train Ukrainian troops.

Operation UNIFIER was launched in response to requests from the Ukraine government to assist Ukrainian armed forces with military training and help improve and build military capacity.

The tech company’s linguists will be on hand 365 days per year and will also have the scope of linguists to cover any surge requirements.

The Canadian government has deployed 200 CAF members to the Ukraine and will continue to provide training until March 2019.

UNIFIER’S intent is to help Ukraine remain sovereign, secure and stable.

Larry Gould, CEO of thebigword, said: “Our defence division is in now in its sixth year and we provide organisations and governments with the specialist language support they need in often challenging circumstances.

“We know that our work helps to save lives and so I am delighted that we are able to support the Canadian Armed Forces in this important training mission in Ukraine.”

thebigword founded its defence division in 2012. It provides trained and security cleared expert linguists for sensitive and difficult assignments in conflict zones across the world.

The defence division serves clients including NATO, the UK Ministry of Defence, the US Department of Defense and BAE Systems.

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