David Cameron invites Anna Bastek, director at Wolfestone Translation to celebrate St David's Day
After winning a string of business awards and opening new city centre offices, Wolfestone Translation Director Anna Bastek was looking forward to a relaxing St David’s Day with family and friends. Now those plans have been interrupted by an invitation from Prime Minister David Cameron. Each year the Prime Minister invites key figures from Welsh business and cultural life to join him in celebrating St David’s Day at 10 Downing Street, and Anna will be among this year’s guests. From a head office in Swansea, Wolfestone has become a market leader in translation, interpreting and voiceover work. Wolfestone’s team integrates the skills of multiple nationalities, and Anna herself is a perfect example of the benefits of this type of integration. Since arriving in the UK from her native Poland in 2004, Anna’s entrepreneurial flair has made her a leading light in the Welsh business community. In 2009 Anna was named Swansea Bay Woman of the Year, and the skills that helped put Wolfestone on the map have also made her much in demand at business forums and motivational speaking events. Among the enterprises benefitting from Anna’s commitment is the Dynamo Project, a campaign designed to encourage entrepreneurial thinking in young people. In the same way, Anna’s commitment to corporate social responsibility has led to the Wolfestone Awards for Excellence, given annually to outstanding MA students at Swansea University. Anna sees these initiatives as a key factor in Wales’ economic future: “Wales has welcomed me and given me a platform to succeed. Now I want to help the next generation of Welsh business leaders to do what I’ve done, develop their ideas and realise their ambitions. When I hear people say “Britain’s got talent” they’re usually talking about a TV show. When I say “Wales has got talent” I’m talking about the intelligent, enterprising young people I meet who represent this country’s future”. As Director of one of Wales’ 50 Fastest Growing Companies and a committee member of the West Wales Exporters’ Association, Anna’s free time is scarce, but some things, and some people, are always worth making time for. When the University of Wales launched the Prince of Wales Innovation Scholarships, Anna was delighted to visit Clarence House and meet with Prince Charles to discuss the positive impact of employing talented graduates at Welsh companies. This month’s invitation from 10 Downing Street is another date not to be missed. Anna looks forward to it, and to a bright future for Wales: “The Welsh flag traditionally flies above 10 Downing Street on St David’s Day. It’ll give me great pleasure to see this and it gives me even greater pleasure to fly the flag for Welsh talent and entrepreneurship. And after meeting Prince Charles and now the Prime Minister, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for an invitation from the Queen”.
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