Sophie Howe

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Sophie is Director of Comtec Translations and chair of the Mid-Warwickshire Branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber.

With a lifelong love of language, Sophie gained her business experience initially as an international brand consultant working with blue-chip companies, including Diageo and SABMiller.  In 2007, she bought back the family business, which had been established by her mother over 20 years earlier, Comtec Translations. Investing heavily in technology while focusing continually on the delivery of excellent customer service, Sophie has succeeded in growing her business in a highly competitive industry.

Passionate about the importance of investing in languages for the UK economy and a strong belief in the value of exporting as an opportunity for UK growth, Sophie and her team support companies across a wide range of sectors in overcoming the language barrier to break into new markets.

Working in over 150 languages, Comtec handles a wide range of projects, from translation and localisation of websites and technical manuals, to providing interpreting support at conferences and court proceedings. Sophie has also ‘walked the talk’ herself, successfully developing new business in overseas markets for Comtec, including Belgium, Germany, Canada and Sweden.

The company is keen to promote language learning in the community and holds workshops for Warwickshire secondary school students as well as holding an annual lecture at Aston University.  Comtec also offers several work experience placements for school and university students each year and has recently launched a prize for translation in conjunction with Warwick University.

As Chair of the local branch of the Chamber of Commerce, Sophie is an enthusiastic supporter of the local business community in Warwickshire. She also speak regularly on language and culture and takes every opportunity to share advice and support to the business community on how to overcome the language barrier in doing business internationally.

Sophie is of course also encouraging her young daughter to learn languages. Who knows, maybe she could be the third generation woman heading Comtec in the future!