Professional Translation Agency In The UK
The task of finding a professional translation agency in the UK is more challenging than one might expect. The Association of Translation Companies conducts surveys on UK language service providers annually. Most recently, they reported that the UK has approximately 1.600 language service providers, with annual revenues of £1.35 bn. This makes the UK the world’s second largest language services market after the US.
There are several global trends responsible for the tremendous growth in the translation industry. With this growth also comes significant challenges. Read our related blogs for an overview of the UK language professional translation services industry and Brexit’s impact on the translation industry.
How to hire a Professional Translation Agency in UK
With so many professional translation agencies to choose from in the UK and worldwide, where should you begin looking for a translation vendor? Similar to any successful project, it’s critical to start with why you are considering the proposed action. Then, define what needs to be done, the parameters and then finally how to implement it. And, finally, don’t forget to evaluate the final outcomes.
- Confirm why you Need a Professional Translator
More than likely, Google translate or other technology applications will likely not meet your communication projects goals. In fact, hiring a professional translation agency in the UK comes with additional benefits that machine translation cannot provide. For example, they can also provide valuable pre-project consulting to ensure your translation project goals are met efficiently with high quality and accurate final deliverable. Read our blog outlining three important reasons to hire a professional translation service.
- Decide what needs to be done
A good translation agency will guide you through the project definition stages. However, it’s best if you come with pre-determined clear project goals, a timeline and budget considerations. If you are unfamiliar with the pricing structures in the language services industry, read about the factors that may impact your project quote in our blog here.
Determine who will Provide the Best translation Services for your Unique Needs
The translation industry has no shortage in both freelancers and professional translation agencies. Choosing the best fit for your specific translation project will probably be the primary criteria you review.
Both professional translators and translation agencies have diverse skills, backgrounds and subject fields. Finding a language services provider that is native in the target language and fluent in the source language is critical.
Secondly, the translator should already have a high level of knowledge with regard to the content of the source document. Keep in mind that not all linguists have the specific skills and expertise needed to be professional translators.
Learn how to identify and successfully work with a translation partner
Now that you have narrowed down the parameters of your translation project, and have an idea of what type of language services provider will meet your needs, it’s time to identify and contact potential partners. Yes! We have a blog on that topic too: “11 ways to identify a good translator.”
Once the service contract with your new translation partner is in place, you will want to do everything you can to guarantee the project progresses smoothly. We have compiled 8 tips for success when working with a translation agency.
Evaluate the final outcomes
No project is complete without a thorough look at the original goals, timeline, budget and final deliverables. Although you may have the skills needed to evaluate the goals accomplished as well as review the original schedule, and the initial quote against the final invoice, how will you evaluate the final deliverable if you can’t read both languages?
Renaissance Translations is Your Language Services Partner!
Renaissance Translations is a professional translation agency offering high quality translation services in any language. We take your translation projects very seriously and would be honored to be your preferred translation partner. Contact us today to discuss your translation project.