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In 1982, a little girl from Lithuania sold seeds at her local market.
It wasn’t long before the young girl became a pioneering trader led by the principle of trust. In fact, she was one of the first to improve working conditions for her fellow ‘hawkers’, or market sellers. But it was her ground-breaking idea to unite people through language and better software that inspired Jurga Zilinskiene to found our company in 2001.
In the years since, Guildhawk has grown into a business that unites thousands of people across the world. We inspire the next generation of young people to learn languages, use AI for good, and to become entrepreneurs or ‘hawkers’ like our founder.
Together, we create solutions that save lives, protect our environment and improve productivity. Our mission is infinite and our continued relevance depends on trust, just as it did when that little girl started selling seeds. Today, all our experience is here to help you and the next generation of young ‘hawkers’ create a better future. Learn more on our Wikipedia page here
With the mission to unite linguists and inspire more young people to learn languages our CEO and founder, Jurga Žilinskienė, launches the business with £13,000 of her own savings.
The company’s rapid success leads to Shell International honouring Jurga Zilinskiene with the Shell LiveWire Young Entrepreneur Award.
To promote better understanding of language and culture, Guildhawk identifies the world’s most difficult word to translate. It is ‘Ilunga’ from the Tshiluba language spoken in south-eastern DR Congo.
To introduce better workflows between linguists, clients and partners, Guildhawk begins developing Version 1.0 of the QCS+ a new digital project management software platform.
In recognition of our founders work in organising the first ever UK trade mission to Lithuania, Guildhawk is honoured by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
To raise awareness of the vital work the Debra charity does to help sufferers, Guildhawk sponsors the Courage & Benevolence Ball at the Café de Paris with Sir Timothy Ackroyd.
2013 Guildhawk becomes the first language services company in the world to be accredited under ISO:27001 the international standard for managing data securely.
To inspire young actors, Guildhawk stages Dracula in the Dark, an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel with Roger James Elsgood, Sir Timothy Ackroyd and John Challis.
To unite business women and promote more trade between the UK and USA, Guildhawk forges bilateral trade between the UK and Texas, hosting the GHWCC trade mission to the UK.
In recognition of our work to help companies introduce better multilingual workflows, Guildhawk wins the COBCOE “Make Europe Work!®” Award for Breakthrough Trade.
Guildhawk graduates from the Goldman Sachs 10K Businesses programme.
To promote the evolution of languages and encourage more understanding of cultural change, Guildhawk recruits the world’s first emoji translator, Keith Broni.
In recognition of her ongoing work to promote female entrepreneurship, languages and coding, Jurga Žilinskienė is included on 100 Lithuanian Women, a list of inspirational female leaders.
To celebrate 20 years of continuous promotion of Scottish traditions and culture in Lithuania, Guildhawk sponsors the translation of the Uzupis Constitution written in the Scottish Gaelic language. It was unveiled at a ceremony on the island of Uzupis.
To inspire better understanding of the big challenges female leaders face, Chatham House invites Guildhawk’s CEO to address Shaping the Future We Want: Female Leadership – What it Means.
To inspire more people to join the police and recognise the extraordinary duties they perform, Guildhawk attends the historic Guildhall to sponsor the prestigious police awards for 15th year in succession.
The Prince of Wales invites Guildhawk to attend Buckingham Palace for Queen’s Award reception.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson invites our CEO to Number 10 Downing Street to hear her ideas about how to better protect businesses following Brexit – the UK’s exit from the European Union.
In recognition of our achievements, we are honoured to receive a Queen’s Award for International Trade and because our head office is in the City of London, The Lord Mayor of London invites us to The Mansion House.
Her Majesty Queen II honours Guildhawk founder Jurga Žilinskienė with the MBE in her the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to promoting international trade.
Guildhawk promotes the good relations between the UK and Lithuania, sponsoring the prestigious Burns Night Supper at Vilnius with the British Ambassador.
Guildhawk and Sheffield Hallam University forge a new Knowledge Transfer Partnership with support from Innovate UK to build a powerful new software platform.
Guildhawk launches Guildhawk Aided – the first in a series of new Machine Translation technologies. Powered by the best AI including GPT with Machine Learning trained by Guildhawk’s private multilingual data lake.
Sir Charlie Mayfield’s ‘Be the Business’ movement wit the mission to improve UK productivity, appoints Guildhawk’s CEO as a global ambassador and UK regional lead for Yorkshire.
Following the success of its Machine Translation technologies, Guildhawk launches its automated content authoring solution, Text Perfect. Powered by the best AI including GPT from OpenAI.
The national Lithuanian news channel names Guildhawk CEO Jurga Žilinskienė on its list of 8 women who changed the history of technology.
To help companies inspire more people with multilingual videos, Guildhawk Voice is launched using new digital human twin software that turns text into speech in over 60 languages.
To promote better understanding, a Guildhawk Voice digital human twin speaking Cantonese and English officially opens the ceremony to mark the new partnership with Gammon Construction Hong Kong supported by the UK Department for International Trade.
Whilst much of the world remains in COVID-19 lockdown, a historic moment is made as the Guildhawk Voice virtual human twin of the Fraud Advisory Panel Chairman provides his video address at the Company AGM.
To help support and inspire more young people to start a businesses and learn to code, Sheffield Hallam university appoints Jurga Zilinskiene as their new Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
Innovate UK Scaleup Programme selects Guildhawk onto the initiative to help the company scale up its new disruptive translation software technologies.
“I thoroughly recommend Guildhawk for a first-class professional service. The use of the finest linguists and exceptional management make them the leaders in their field.”