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Atlas Translations have provided a variety of services for Alzheimer’s Society, including the translation of our flagship information resource ‘Worried about your memory?’ into a variety of different languages. The service we have received is consistently to high standard, with staff going beyond the call of duty to fulfil our requirements. I will definitely be using this translation agency again, and would recommend them to anyone looking for top quality translation services.

You have been such a help and we can’t thank you enough. We’re getting an amazing response. It is quite a challenge, but we wouldn’t be making our deadlines without your translation agency’s assistance. Many many thanks.

BBC

Atlas completed the work within our time frame and the proofreading service gave us the extra peace of mind that the translations were accurate and of quality.

It’s tough when you have to rely on a translation agency and trust that the translations are correct but with Atlas, we can rest assured that the language, tone, and style of translation is suitable for our audiences.

BookTrust

We are always very impressed with the quality and timeliness of the translation services provided by Atlas translation agency. The team are extremely helpful and we look forward to working together more in the future.

Tottenham Hotspur

Atlas provided us with a high quality, professional, courteous and competitively priced service, with a minimum of fuss. I was pleased with the translation agency’s communications and would not hesitate to use them again in the future.

NHS Confederation

Do you need our certified translation and localisation services? Not sure what you need just yet and want to chat with someone to find out? Jump to the Contact Us section and see all the ways you can reach us!

What is Translation and Localisation?

First, the difference between translation and localisation—although there really is a large crossover between the two.

Translation

The definition of TRANSLATION is the communication of the meaning of a source-language text by means of an equivalent target-language text. Which is a fancy way of saying it’s the “action or process of translating a word from one language into another.”

You can thank the Oxford English Dictionary for the simpler definition.

If we wanted an example of translation, it would be a direct translation of a business email exchange between two companies or parties. Sometimes, a straightforward or literal translation is all that is needed.

Localisation

Then we have the definition of LOCALISATION, which is the process of making a product or service more suitable for a particular country or area. Oxford English Dictionary defines it as “the process of making something local in character…”

An example of localisation is when an organisation prepares a marketing plan to introduce a new product to a new market in a different country. Within this marketing plan, all promotional, packaging, and other materials would need to be culturally appropriate for the new market. This means the client will need to include meaningful cultural references and language patterns that customers in the new market will recognise and feel comfortable with.

Ideally, the end result is that the client has introduced a new product or service into the new market, and the new customers have now considered that product relatable and valuable.

Your Project Is in Safe Hands with Atlas Translations

Atlas Translations holds two ISO certifications — ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management) and ISO 17100:2017 (Translation Services). If the project is confidential, we can sign NDAs for extra peace of mind.

Are you wondering if we’re up to date on privacy? We’ve been registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for over 20 years, so data protection is always front and centre.

You can read more about our commitment to quality here.

Atlas Translations prides itself on providing fast, friendly, and high-quality language services. But don’t just take our word for it—see what our clients are saying about us.

Tell Me More About Localisation

Localisation is the process of adapting a product or service to a new region or culture. This takes into account legal requirements, formatting specifications, and the cultural nuances of the new market. It is a good idea to localise your product or text if you are looking to market your service and appeal to a specific country.

We localise each and every translation that comes to us, be that changing phone numbers, adapting cultural-specific references, or even changing images.

Our Localisation Process:

  • The target market is analysed
  • Source content is examined
  • Text content is adapted (i.e. for Americanisation or Australianisation)
  • The text is translated if required
  • Translated text content is proofread
  • Any visual content used is checked for suitability
  • The finished translation is formatted and/or typeset
  • Final checks are completed

We can help with your translation and localisation services, from a certified birth certificate translation to marketing materials in over 30 languages.

How Much Will It Cost?

Projects vary in need, length, and complexity. If you’re interested in our translation and localisation services and need a fast cost estimate, your first stop should be to head over to our price calculator or request a quote.

Do You Work With Any Language?

We are confident that we have your needed language covered. From American English to Zulu, we’ve worked on more than 340 languages since 1991, including Latin and Ancient Greek.

What About The Subject Area?

We pick the perfect translator for your work. Each translator is a native speaker and we select according to their expertise in law, medicine, technology, finance and so on. Find out more about our sector-specific experience here.

How Do I Know I Can Trust Atlas Translations?

Atlas Translations holds two ISO certifications — ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management) and ISO 17100:2017 (Translation Services). If the project is confidential, we can sign NDAs for extra peace of mind.

Are you wondering if we’re up to date on privacy? We’ve been registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for over 20 years, so data protection is always front and centre.

You can read more about our commitment to quality here.

Atlas Translations prides itself on providing fast, friendly, and high-quality language services. But don’t just take our word for it—see what our clients are saying about us.

Atlas Translations are here to support you. Whether you’re an individual, a SME or a multinational corporation, we can help.

What’s Involved in Proofreading and Editing?

The entire translation and localisation process is multi-layered. It allows for four stages of checks and edits to ensure the finished article achieves the quality our clients expect.

The first stage involves Atlas Translations choosing a suitable linguist for the task at hand.

All our translators are experienced, qualified linguists and they come highly recommended. But that isn’t enough. We always select a translator who is an expert in the relevant specific field.

Second, the translator gets to work and translates the source text into the target language. Afterwards, they return their draft to Atlas Translations.

Third, we ask another linguist, equally qualified and experienced in translation in the same field, to proofread the first translator’s work. Our proofreader may make suggestions or identify areas for improvement. The text may need tweaking. It may be perfect. However, it’s always better to have a second pair of eyes to assess it. The reviewed translation is returned to the original translator for amends.

Fourth and finally, once we have the final draft at Atlas, we perform an in-house quality check. This ensures the text translation, review, amends and typesetting meet our high standards before sending the final version to the client.

Read more about our commitment to quality here.

Now let’s tell you about a project we worked on…

BookTrust is a UK charity that works to inspire a love of reading in children and their families. They wanted to spread their message to non-English speaking families across the UK and needed help to reach this audience in 28 different languages.

We were the translation and localisation company that BookTrust needed. Offering the right services and project management, we selected professional linguists who translated and localised BookTrusts’ documents into the various languages they wanted to target.

This allowed us to deliver a high-quality result by conveying the needed tone, inferences, and expressions seamlessly. Does that sound like something you’re interested in?

Contact Us

We’d love you to contact Atlas Translations, so please do get in touch for a chat!

If you’d like to meet us face to face, learn more about our translation and language services, or deliver documents, please email or call us to arrange a meeting.

You can also ask us any questions by using the Live Chat option during UK working hours. You can chat with a real, live human—no bots here! Just use the little icon at the bottom right of your screen to start a chat with us.

You can call us on 01727 812 725 or email us at team@atlas-translations.co.uk to let us know what you need. We respond quickly to all enquiries!

If you need a quick quote, we have a handy “Get a quote” button located at the top of the screen where you can get an estimate for your needs.

Global Voice, Local Touch

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