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Town Hall, Bulkeley Square, Llangefni, Anglesey, LL77 7LR

t: 01248 725730 e: office@bla-translation.co.uk w: bla-translation.co.uk

Welcome to Bla Translation Ltd

Bla Translation was established in 2013 by Alun Gruffydd when he began working as a full-time independent translator, working from his home in Rhostrehwfa, Anglesey in a small corner of the spare room! He has been a qualified translator since 2001.

He began his career as an archaeologist and the subject remains a passion of his. Some of the earliest words or shapes of our prehistory come from the stones in the burial chambers or cromlechs such as at Barclodiad y Gawres at Porth Trecastell on the West coast of Anglesey. Today, archaeologists continue in their attempts to translate these words and scribes!

The business grew quickly and by 2015 had expanded its client base considerably. Today, Bla Translation comprises a strong team of 8 experienced office-based translators, 2 administrative officers and a further pool of freelance translators who are regularly called upon.

DEVELOPMENTS

Bla Translation prides itself in being able to develop its staff, both in terms of professional / career development and academic achievements. The company has financially supported staff who have undertaken postgraduate courses within the field of translation and this will continue as we aim to develop the experience and knowledge of our workforce.

The company also strives to improve its overall service to its clients, increase the number of clients and to demonstrate a strong business acumen across all areas of its work. To this end, Bla Translation was very proud to be a finalist in the Daily Post North Wales Business Awards in 2017 and indeed won the same award in 2018! We have also won the Translation Company of the Year Award by the Association of Translation Companies.

SERVICES AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

The range of translations undertaken is vast and Bla Translation works closely with clients from public, private and academic sectors as well as third sector organisations. From posters and banners to large scale reports and manifestos, Bla Translation offers a professional, punctual and accurate service at competitive rates. Proof reading and editorial work is also offered.

All enquiries are dealt with promptly, and overnight and weekend work are comfortably accommodated at no additional cost to the client.

Bla Translation offers a ‘credit’ system in addition to its standard invoice based translation service. This enables many clients to submit short pieces of work on a regular basis against translation credits which are replenished as they are used up. This prevents the clients having to face constant invoicing for small sums.

The company prides itself in being extremely adaptable. A translation request is often a race against time, a forgotten element of a project that needs to be ready tomorrow, or even today – Bla Translation is normally able to meet all unreasonable deadlines! The typical daily work can range from punchy marketing strap-lines for a leading UK supermarket to an academic glossary of wildlife species, an introduction to an opera production or an extensive local authority planning strategy.

Regardless of the task in hand, the key lies in translating meaning and to understand the author’s intentions and viewpoint. Care is also taken to ensure that the translation adheres to local dialects or linguistic nuances whenever this is requested by the client.

Bla Translation offers reasonable and competitive rates and can provide price estimates without any obligation. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

Most of the staff are individual members of Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru with others beginning that journey and the company is a corporate member of the internationally acclaimed Institute of Translation and Interpreting as well as a member of the Association of Translation Companies (ATC).

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

The aim of Bla Translation is always to generate more business, without losing sight of our healthy rapport with our existing clients. Anna Lewis now works as our Business Development Officer, alongside her existing role as one of our Senior Translators. As an experienced translator, Anna recognises the need to maintain professionalism and a reliable service in all aspects of our work. Anna's aim, through the business element of her role, is to keep in close contact with our clients, as well as the ones who perhaps have drifted, and to attract new customers who would benefit immensely from a bilingual provision within their company or organisation. Our aim also is to develop further as a company, to be even more visible through our work, to include social media, and Anna will be extremely keen to further our range of projects through more large-scale contracts and more challenging and expansive tender awards.

Anna would be very interested to hear about any translation projects you may have and you can contact her on: anna@bla-translation.co.uk

 

EUROPEAN AND WORLD LANGUAGES

As a successful Welsh translation company with over 10 years' experience of providing an award-winning service, Bla Translation have expanded their service provision into the international languages industry with the launch of Bla2, their new International Languages Unit.

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