The business category features all blog posts related to all forms of business, from start-ups to entrepreneurs and conglomerates. Most post refer to the business world of translation and localization though.

Accessible services for people with sight loss

Accessible services for the visually impaired

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) provide useful guidelines on making services more accessible for people with sight loss or visual impairment.

Specialized support services are available to help businesses meet the needs of those who are blind or visually impaired. For example, awareness training brings a greater understanding of the issues around sight loss and how to make services more accessible.

Accessible Technologies

Visually impaired people may not be able to access information or services due to inaccessible websites, or poor quality displays and touchscreens. Although the Centre for Inclusive Technology (CFIT) provides information, education and assistance in developing accessible websites.

Accessibility Audit

Undergoing an access audit of your premises may highlight certain aspects that make it difficult for people with sight loss to find their way around independently. Low-cost, simple adaptations can make premises more accessible and safer. For further infomation, contact NCBI.

The guidelines and advice mentioned above were extracted from the ISME website. ISME is an independent association for Irish Small And Medium-sized Business Enterprises. ISME provides business training, advice and mentoring services to companies throughout Ireland.

ISME membership is a cost-effective way for SME owners to continually update on issues that impact their businesses and networks, with like-minded business people.

Interested in becoming a member? Contact Sue Ellis, Business Development Officer, ISME, Independent Business Organization, 17 Kildare Street, Dublin 2; Telephone: +353 1 662 2755

The STAR Team

Reference: ISME.IE

Packaging: Reclassification of Substances, CLP Regulation

Reclassification of Substances

The CLP Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) entered into force on the 20th of January 2009.

This covers substances subject to registration under the REACH regulation and hazardous substances on the market.  You may have duties and deadlines to meet under the CLP Regulation. There are two key deadlines which are fast approaching.

DEADLINES

From 1st of December 2010, you must reclassify and relabel your substances, in accordance with the new CLP classification guidelines. If the product is already on the shelf, then the deadline is 1st of December 2012.

From 3rd of January 2011, you must notify your substances to the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) of the classification and labelling of the substances.

For further information, contact the Health & Safety Authority or call their helpline on 1890 289 389 or clp (at) hsa dot ie.

The STAR Team

Health and Safety Law and Practice

Health and Safety law and practice, HSA

On Friday 15th October, Lord Young, the British Prime Minister’s Adviser on Health and Safety Law and Practice, published his highly-anticipated report Common Sense, Common Safety, which examines the impact of health and safety regulations on businesses and personal freedom.

The report puts forward a series of policies for improving the perception of health and safety to ensure it is taken seriously by employers and the general public. All of the recommendations made have been accepted by David Cameron and Lord Young will work across departments to ensure his recommendations are implemented.

One recommendation was to simplify the risk assessment procedure for low-hazard workplaces such as offices, classrooms and shops. EssentialSkillz commends Lord Young for his recommendations for reform in this area. In particular, as a provider of low-cost solutions for low-hazard workplaces for the past 10 years, they were pleased to hear him advocate the use of simple interactive online solutions for health and safety compliance for the future.

The HSA immediately published an interactive risk assessment tool on their website for low-hazard workplaces. HSA hazards assesment.

The tool will take you through the key areas of concern for low-Hazard Workplaces which are…

  • slips and trips
  • manual handling
  • working at height
  • well-being of workers
  • computers, laptops and similar equipment
  • fire
  • work equipment

Source: EssentialSkillz

The STAR Team

Google AdWords: new support forum

New Support Forum, AdWords Campaigns

For all internet marketers and e-commerce teams: a useful new link for you from Google.

Google launched a new help forum dedicated to SMEs who are managing their own AdWords campaigns.

Google has lots of other support forums to discuss how to get the best from your online presence.

We help customers do more international business by providing the language services, support and advice for developing international websites.

The STAR Team

5 Services We Provide

5 Services we provide our customers internationally

We provide all our customer with a varied range of services. Some of them unknown to others.

1. English Proofreading Services.

Language is our business. We have English proofreaders on our teams. You may not need translation, but perhaps your latest documents could do with a good proofreading.

You may be working on your latest tender submission or updating your website for English readers. Or how you just need your digital copy checked for consistency or ease of understanding.

Our English proofreading teams can help you achieve just that. We also provide proofreading of all the languages into which we translate.

2. US English and UK English Translation

Gasoline or Petrol, Zucchini or Courgette? We provide US English and UK English conversions and vice versa for our customers on a regular basis. Ecommerce providers often have different sites for their English speaking customers around the world.

Having your website checked for spelling mistakes can improve your online sales!

3. Voice-overs

Need a video translated? We provide voice-over translation and actors for all our languages.

4. Document Conversions

Paper, Adobe FrameMaker and InDesign, QuarkExpress, Acrobat PDF etc. We can help you with lost originals, conversions and the latest document formats.

Occasionally you may have to translate a project where you have lost your original sources. STAR’s desktop publishing teams have the experience and expertise to recreate almost any document. Even if you only have a scanned image or PDF, we can recreate your documents for you.

You may also have decided to retire some older software and move your documents to the latest design package such as Adobe InDesign; We can help make that transition easier for you.

5. Software Localization

Whether you are developing a desktop application or an iPad app we can help you deliver your software in multiple languages.

We have our own software development teams. We are a developer of document and information technology ourselves, so we know the challenges of international software design.

We can give you advice on what the best steps are for your project, including enabling and software localization services.

Download our PDF document on localization for first timers. Contact us for a quote today.

English Proofreading
Language is our business so we have English proofreaders on our teams. You may not need translation, but perhaps your latest documents could be professionally proofread.
US English and UK English Translation
Gasoline or Petrol, Zucchini or Aubergine? We provide US English and UK English conversions and vice versa for our customer on a regular basis. Ecommerce providers often have different sites for their English speaking customers around the world.
Voice-overs
Need a video translated? We provide voice-over translation and actors for all our languages.
Document Conversion
Paper, Adobe FrameMaker &amp InDesign, QuarkExpress, Acrobat PDF, etc. From lost originals to just conversion to the latest document system we can help you.
Software Localization
Whether you are developing a desktop application or an iPad app, we can help you deliver your software in multiple languages.

The STAR Team

Updated: 20th of February 2015

Irish State offers electric car grant

State offers €5,000 electric car grant

April, Dublin.

Today the Irish Government Minister for Energy, Eamon Ryan, announced a new scheme to promote electric vehicles in Ireland.

Motorists who wish to buy electric cars will be given a €5,000 grant towards the purchase.  The vehicle will also be exempt from Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT).

For more information see

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/state-offers-5-000-electric-car-grant-1.856025

State offers €5,000 electric car grant

Going Global: expand your global view

Going Global and your Global View

Expand your global view and learning a model for going in-country.

The Localization Institute has a new training program called New Live Online Training Series.

The program starts on the 29th of April to the 20th of May 2010 – 4-part series.

The Localization Institute, a leader in localization and globalization seminars and training, offers a new 4-part series of online webinars entitled ‘Going Global: Expanding Your Global View and Learning a Model for Going In-Country’, presented by Andrew M. G. Fleck, Ph.D.

What is a global view? Get the answer to this question and find out how to personally assess, expand, and realize your global view by identifying critical success factors as well as developing and improving upon your existing intercultural skills.

Learn how to develop your own personal strategies for working across cultures and helping your company meet the challenges of the global marketplace.

The target audiences for this series are business professionals who want to prepare for doing business in other countries or experienced global professionals who want to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of their intercultural competencies.

The Localization Institute is dedicated to bringing the same quality of information and instruction to our new online training as we do with our onsite seminars and round tables.

We will continually offer new online seminars as well as repeat sessions throughout the year. You can always find a current schedule of all training offered at its website.

Register today to reserve your spot in the future of global business. Contact Sarah Fonseca at (608) 826-5001 or email sarah (at) localizationinstitute dot com with any questions or concerns or assistance on registration.

The STAR Team

iPhone App Localization, IMUG 18th March

iPhone App Localization, Adobe Conference

Next week’s IMUG event on 18th March, 19:00 to 21:00

What: iPhone App Localization and the China Smartphone Market
Where: Adobe HQ, 345 Park Ave., San Jose, CA Park Conference Room, East Tower
How: Get directions to IMUG at Adobe

Bo Lin is COO and co-founder of iPhone Localizer. Her company, based in California and China, localizes iPhone apps for all 31 iPhone-supported languages; develops cross-platform, multilingual mobile apps and distributes multilingual iPhone apps to all 77 countries’ App Stores.

The company also offers in-country app support worldwide and marketing services for apps in Asian countries.

For a full description of this event, please see IMUG Events

Adobe will host up to half of our meetings this year, beginning with this event. Many thanks to Ken Lunde of Adobe for making this happen! And a big thank you and welcome also to Mihai Nita, who will be our co-host with Ken.

Admission is free for IMUG members, $4 for non-members. IMUG membership is only $20/year, $15/renewal or $100 for lifetime membership. Join, renew or pay a single non-member event fee. Cash and checks also accepted at their events.

Please RSVP via Meetup. Adobe has requested RSVPs, so that badges can be prepared in advance. You won’t be turned away if you don’t, but there will be a delay while your badge is being prepared. If you RSVP at least 24 hours in advance, it will be waiting for you at the desk.

The STAR Team

Keynote Speakers at Worldware Conference

WORLDWARE CONFERENCE

When: 16th – 18th of March 2010
Where: Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, California

The theme of the Worldware Conference is “The ROI of Software Internationalization.” This conference explores methodologies to get international product releases out on time and on budget.

An Entrepreneur in a Shrinking World will be the keynote presentation on the 17th of March. The presenter will be Cliff Miller, chief strategy officer for DeviceVM.

Global Expansion in a Networked World will be the keynote presentation on the 18th of March. The presenter will be Konstantin Guericke. Konstantin was most recently the CEO of jaxtr, a social communications start-up with over 10 million registered users, and co-founder of LinkedIn.

Visit Worldware Conference for more information.

The STAR Team

International Credit Control in tough times

To protect your business in tougher times there are a few financials methods worth considering.

Export Credit Insurance :
This type of insurance policy covers your business against the non-payment of debts or bankruptcy of your customers outside your own country.

This is certainly worth considering if you are working with new clients and the sales value impacts your cashflow directly.

Domestic Credit Insurance :
You can also consider this type of insurance policy that covers your business against the non-payment of debts or bankruptcy of your local customers.

Factoring :
Third party finance provided by a factoring house. They buy your trade debts and advance you 90% of your invoice value. You pay a fee off the top line, but get payment immediately.

Invoice Discounting :
This is very similar to factoring. The difference is that your customers generally and not made unaware that you are doing this.

Legal Expense Insurance :

You can take out insurance that will cover your business against the cost of such things as legal advice and debt collecting costs for certain debts.