The story of Lingo24

Lingo24 was founded in Aberdeen in September 2001 by Oxford graduate Christian Arno. Since then, we’ve charted an impressive yet steady growth trajectory – and we’ve no intention of resting on our laurels. Our journey so far:

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Our website, in five languages, is launched, introducing Lingo24 to the world.


Lingo24 is named best e-business start-up in Scotland. Our New Zealand operation begins, giving us global coverage, 24 hours/day.


We start working with American TV channel MTV, who are still one of our clients today.


Our Romanian operation starts with five employees, one of which is now our Director of Quality & Experience, Claudia Barna. 10 years later, we have 160 full-time employees based in the city of Timisoara, Romania, and we continue to grow every year.


We establish our first London office to better service our customers there. Our greatest concentration of clients - in London and South East England - are still supported from this office.


We hold our first ever annual Sports Day event.


Our Panama operation begins with eight employees, offering in-timezone support for customers in the Americas. We also open an office in Edinburgh which becomes our global headquarters.

Carly Bonas joins to lead to our Sales and Marketing teams. We start working with global sports brand adidas, who remain one of our biggest clients.


We close the year with 31% growth on 2008 and £3.7m GBP turnover.

We start working with the UK’s national tourism agency, VisitBritain.


We win HSBC’s prestigious Business Thinking award (Scotland and Northern Ireland).

Following another impressive year of growth, our annual turnover is £5m GBP.


We open our first major Asian hub in Cebu City, Philippines to provide in-timezone support for customers across the Asia-Pacific region.

Our worldwide staff exceeds 150 full-time employees.

Lingo24 places at number 81 on The Times' Fast Track 100 list - the fastest growing translation agency in the UK.

We start to mix with Gruppo Campari, providing translation services across their premium drinks brands.


We open a new office in Nuremberg, offering better services to our clients in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Our Romanian teams move to a new, larger hub in central Timisoara, to accommodate growing staff numbers.

We launch Coach, our own Computer Aided Translation tool. It is awarded the TAUS Excellence Award for Innovation at their annual user conference.

Our Machine Translation team is established, led by Dr Sergio Penkale, and they get straight to work developing our premium machine translation engines to provide an alternative to professional human translation.

We start to get funky with Beats by Dre, supporting their international goals.


Andrew Campbell is appointed as Global Managing Director to support our overall growth, and our Senior Management Team becomes more formalised with the arrival of Carol Scambler, David Meikle and Jeremy Clutton. By the end of the year, we have more than 200 full-time staff worldwide.

Lingo24 officially becomes the 62nd largest translation agency worldwide, up 10 places from 2012, and our turnover for the year is £7.5m GBP.

We launch a share options scheme for staff, allowing them to own a stake in the company after one year’s service.


Lingo24 signs a multi-million pound investment deal with a consortium led by Paul Gregory from Wood Mackenzie, who joins the Board as Chairman. We also welcome American entrepreneur Ted Alling onto the Advisory board as an investor.

We launch our new API, allowing customers to have direct access to our professional Translators and Machine Translation engines. We also welcome our first customers to our online ordering service, Ease, giving them the capability to order and manage projects through an easy-to-use interface.

Lingo24 is named Scottish Exporter of the Year and International Trade Best Professional Service Advisor at the inaugural Scottish Export Awards.


Lingo24 is now the 54th largest translation agency worldwide, up eight places since 2013, continuing its gradual and uninterrupted ascent.

 Neil Campbell joins us as Strategic Growth Director.

We launch our new Magento extension and Demandware cartridge, enabling platform to platform integration and one click translation ordering for customers using these systems.

We start offering Localisation Maturity consultancy for businesses looking to improve their existing localisation processes.


We launch our simple ordering system which allows our clients to receive instant quotes, place an order online and track its progress 24/7.

We achieve double digit sales growth by expanding our UK sales team, and by focusing on the e-commerce sector and on growing our biggest accounts. 

Our Production and Technology departments merge to form a new team, led by our CTO and Service Delivery Director David Meikle, and focused on the successful delivery of our services and technology for clients, suppliers and fellow Lingo-ists.