Meet Anna Bastek, the Polish entrepreneur translating exports into profits

Anna Bastek's company Wolfestone has landed contracts with the likes of IBM, NATO and Coca-Cola.

The financial crisis and its aftermath may have slowed down the pace of globalisation, but the four corners of the earth continue to be increasingly well connected. International trade has recovered slowly since 2009 and was up 2.9% last year according to the World Trade Organisation.

One of the  companies hoping to take advantage of this trend is Swansea-based Wolfestone, a translating firm that was founded back in 2006 and now counts the likes of NATO, Coca-Cola and IBM among its list of recent clients. The firm is the creation of Polish entrepreneur Anna Bastek, who moved to sunny South Wales in 2004 to work as a marketing manager for a small electronics company. After watching the company grow, she decided to strike out alone.

'I was thinking about starting my own business because my boss wouldn’t give me unpaid holiday,' she tells MT. 'I got the travel bug and had very limited flexibility in that job. I wanted to be in charge of my own destiny and be my own boss and have flexibility.'  

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