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About Steve Smith

Steve Smith has been with STAR UK since 2007 and is now the Managing Director. Hobbies include kayaking and night mountain biking, but most of his spare time is spent trying (and mostly failing) to convince his daughters that homework is a useful way to spend their time. Prior to joining STAR, Steve was Head of Subtitling at the European Captioning Institute.

Hello from the other side: Presenting at a careers fair as a recent graduate

STAR UK’s move to the new office in Guildford last year has brought us very close to the University of Surrey. We are ten minutes away – and that’s on foot. Considering that, the decision to present at the mini … Continue reading

​STAR UK goes the extra mile (or rather, 26 miles) for Translators Without Borders

As you may be aware, STAR UK has been a proud sponsor of the non-profit organisation Translators Without Borders ( for  three years now. In light of the recent crisis in Syria and the urgent need for translators and interpreters … Continue reading

Terminology – what’s in a name?

The issue of terminology can be a tricky one, for both the customer and for the translator. Naturally, the customer expects that the translator should be an expert in the field and should understand the terminology in front of them … Continue reading

Top tips for MS Word

In the following post, our Head of Operations, Karen, looks at a few easy ways to improve the formatting of your MS Word documents before having them translated. Some simple tips to help you save time and possibly even money … Continue reading

STAR UK an early adopter of ISO-17100

After lengthy deliberations and countless meetings, the translation standard EN15038 has been put out to pasture, to be replaced with the new and improved standard ISO-17100. We’re very proud to say that we’re one of only a handful of companies … Continue reading

STAR UK at the Advanced Engineering Show

    On November 4th and 5th, we will be showcasing our technical translation services at the UK’s premier engineering show. Visit us on Stand i51 and find out how we STAR can help you make your business communications truly … Continue reading

Export News

EU and Vietnam reach free trade agreement         The European Union and Vietnam have agreed terms on a free trade agreement that will remove nearly all tariffs on goods traded between the two economies. EU trade commissioner … Continue reading

TM or MT? Translation Memory or Machine Translation? Both! Free webinar from STAR

It’s often best to whisper the words “machine translation” when amongst professional translators, for fear of being chased out of town with pitchforks and burning torches. It’s an understandable reaction of course – in any industry, technology with the potential … Continue reading

Professionals or amateurs?

UK Export Finance Yesterday, I spent a very interesting couple of hours at an event promoted by UK Export Finance, a government body set up to assist SMEs in their efforts to export their goods and services. There was some … Continue reading

And the winner is…

During our recent exhibition appearance at the Commerical Vehicle Show in Birmingham, we held a business card draw to win an iPad Mini. Thanks to everyone who threw their card in the bowl, (lots of you!) but sadly there can … Continue reading

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