Jurga Zilinskiene - Stylist's Lunchtime Masterclass Web Chats - Stylist Magazine

Jurga  Zilinskiene

Jurga Zilinskiene

The entrepreneur answers your questions

This week's lunchtime masterclass is with Jurga Zilinskiene, an award-winning entrepreneur, spokesperson and founder of Today Translations.

This web chat is now closed, but you can read the full transcript below.

Jurga moved to Britain from Lithuania 16 years ago, at the age of 19, in order to train as a lawyer.

Since then, she has not only studied law and economics but also taught herself software programming, worked as an interpreter and translator, survived as a single mother and set up her own international translations business - Today Translations - which won her the Shell LiveWire Award for Young Entrepreneurs.

Jurga originally established Today Translations in East London in 2001, with funds saved from previous business ventures. Eleven years on, Today Translations manages an international network of over 2,600 linguists, who translate, interpret, proof-read and edit in over 200 languages and dialects, including Arabic, German, Russian, Chinese and even Glaswegian.

It counts the King of Jordan, French Connection, Jaeger and Shell International among its clients and operates from its headquarters in the heart of the City of London.

Jurga has been interviewed by BBC London News and STV about Today Translations and her unconventional approach to business. A summary in City AM described her as: "... one hell of a formidable businesswoman ... a Lithuanian-born cross between Richard Branson and Margaret Thatcher ... combined perhaps with shades of Warren Buffett."

Jurga is also an eloquent spokeswoman for entrepreneurs and small businesses and has been involved in various programmes supporting Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Her latest initiative, concerning building a sustainable and fair supply chain to help SMEs supply to large companies in the City, was kicked off with a roundtable discussion hosted by Ernst & Young.

This masterclass has now finished but you can read all the questions posed to Jurga and her replies, below.

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