Why Us

Experience Matters

With a remarkable history spanning more than four decades in the realm of both commercial and editorial translation services, First Edition Translations stand as an exceptionally qualified provider of diverse, top-tier language services catering to businesses and individuals alike.

Located in the heart of Cambridge, First Edition hold the distinction of being one of the United Kingdom’s most established translation agencies and proudly serves as a founding corporate member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting.

We are an ISO 17100 company

ISO 17100 is an international standard that sets the requirements for professional translation services, ensuring quality and consistency in the translation process. When a translation company is ISO 17100 certified, it means that the company has undergone a rigorous evaluation and met specific criteria related to its translation processes, quality management, and professional practices. Here’s what it means to be an ISO 17100 certified translation company:

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Stringent Quality Standards:

ISO 17100 certification requires translation companies to adhere to strict quality standards throughout the entire translation process. This includes translation, revision, and proofreading stages, ensuring that the final product is of the highest quality.

Qualified Translators:

Certified translation companies must employ qualified and experienced translators. Translators are typically required to have relevant academic qualifications and professional experience in their specific fields of expertise.

Native Speaker Principle:

Translations are expected to be carried out by native speakers of the target language. This ensures that the translated content is not only linguistically accurate but also culturally appropriate.

Revision and Review: The ISO 17100 standard mandates a clear separation of responsibilities in the translation process. Translators, revisers, and proofreaders work collaboratively to enhance the quality of the translation and eliminate errors.

Quality Management Systems:

ISO 17100 certified translation companies implement robust quality management systems to monitor and improve their translation processes continuously. These systems help in tracking the progress of translation projects and identifying areas for improvement.
Confidentiality and Data Security: Certified companies are required to have strict confidentiality policies and data security measures in place to protect sensitive information and client data.
Project Management: The ISO 17100 standard emphasises efficient project management to ensure that translation projects are completed on time and within budget. Companies must have clear project management processes in place to handle translation requests effectively.

Our Mission and Values

Since 2016, First Edition Translations Ltd have been a member of the Cintra Language Services Group, alongside our sister company, Cintra.

While Cintra excel in delivering interpreting services to the public sector, businesses, and voluntary organisations in the UK, First Edition Translations are a prominent commercial and editorial translation agency that focus on providing translation services to clients in the UK and around the world. Additionally, we collaborate with publishers throughout the UK and Europe, serving as a specialised book translation agency.

Our combined values shape our culture and guide what we do as a company and as individuals:

– Put our clients at the heart of what we do
– Treat all our clients, service users, linguists and staff fairly and equally
– Ensure high quality by only registering experienced, trained linguists to work with us
– Recognise the demanding role of linguists and give them appropriate support
– Invest in the training, growth and development of all our staff
– Create a friendly and enjoyable working environment, based on open communication and mutual respect.

Furthermore, Cintra Language Services Group Limited is part of the NetPositive framework and actively uses the Social Value Action Planning Tool to monitor compliance and commitment.

If you’re looking for help with commercial and editorial translation needs, get in touch with our team at First Edit Translations to learn more about how our services and translation solutions can benefit your business.

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