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Translation for businesses

We translate high-impact copy for an exciting clientele of global brands.

Make a lasting impression in any language

Our team of expert translators goes well beyond the word for word. They’re passionate about cultural context, nuance, style and tone of voice, and they have the expertise to ensure that your message has the same impact whatever language it’s written in.

Need to transcreate an amusing strapline for a major international campaign? In our transcreation work, we’ll think about what will make your global audiences chuckle in the same way as the ones at home. Producing a contract for an overseas partner? We’ll work with a legal translator to ensure that key concepts and clauses don’t slip through the cracks. Translating your website for a new market? We’ll begin by learning to speak just like you do, so your new readers don’t miss out on the subtleties of your message or the impact of your brand.

At Tate & Clayburn, we’re a creative and adaptable bunch – as responsive as an in-house translation department, but with the capacity to expand and contract in step with your workload. We’ll work with you as seamlessly and thoughtfully as we can, and if you’re looking for a one-stop shop, we can design your text too. Whatever your language needs, we’d love to have a chat about how we can help.

Some examples of documents we translate:

  • websites and apps

  • reports

  • tendering bids

  • magazines

  • press releases

  • blog posts

  • infographics

  • training materials

  • marketing copy

  • product descriptions

  • contracts

Why choose Tate & Clayburn?


Certified quality

We’ve achieved the globally recognised ISO 9001:2015 quality management certification.


Exceptional team

Our hand-picked experts are trusted by hundreds of discerning clients worldwide.


Trust and confidentiality

We treat our clients’ data and intellectual property with the utmost care.


Customer service

Our customers give great feedback – because we don’t rest until they’re thrilled with our work.


Capacity and speed

We draw on all the resources we need to fit in with your schedule.

‘I’m delighted with our long-term cooperation with Tate & Clayburn. Their experts have supported my editorial team on several large editing and proofreading projects. They follow our quality assurance process to the letter, which means I can rely on them to deliver impeccable work. Collaborating with Peter, Rosie and the team gives me the flexible capacity I need at times of peak demand.’

— Rob Conaty

Editorial Team Leader, Ecorys

‘Peter and his team at Tate & Clayburn were easy to work with and so accommodating in the multiple short-lead requests that I sent to them for a client of Hemsley Fraser’s. They delivered all of the documents back to me on time or early with clear and concise feedback on what their proofreaders had changed or had suggested to change to ensure all documents were accurate and cohesive across the project. I would not hesitate to use Tate & Clayburn again, nor would I hesitate to recommend them to any of my colleagues or outside organisations. I look forward to our next project together!’

— Yvey Collins

Hemsley Fraser Group

‘We have been working with Tate & Clayburn for several years and can only recommend the company’s high-quality services.’

— Raphaël Delessert

Chief Operating Officer, Pilet & Renaud, Geneva, Switzerland

‘Excellent: fast, responsive and great price–quality ratio. Would recommend!’

— Emmanuelle Reynaud

Director, Research Master's and Strategy Department, Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management

‘This team is wonderful and helped us finalize our book for Cambridge University Press. Highly recommend!’

— Banu Ozkazanc-Pan, Ph.D.

Academic Director, IE Brown Executive MBA and Director of Venture Capital Inclusion Lab

‘Tate & Clayburn’s work is of exceptional quality: their translations are precise, elegant and faithful. And it is such a pleasure to recognise your own style in another language thanks to the translator’s ingenuity! Their approach to deadlines is another plus: Peter always seeks to arrange the work based on our needs, and deadlines are always respected.’

— Bénédicte Vidaillet

Professor at University Paris-Est Créteil

‘Knowing that we have a reliable partner at hand to proofread, copyedit and translate in a fast and accurate way is a huge asset for L’OCCITANE in this constantly shifting landscape. Moving quickly without compromising quality and confidentiality is what we value most at Tate & Clayburn.’

— Marianna Fellmann

Head of Group Corporate Communications at the L'OCCITANE Group

‘Tate & Clayburn is an exceptional group of professionals who are the very best at what they do. They never fail to deliver excellent work, often meeting last-minute or tight deadlines – a highly valued partner to our organization.’

— Anna Noetzel

Global Director of Communications, Mintel

Business services

Business copyediting

Refining your copy before design

Business proofreading

Ironing out the final creases before publication

Business copywriting

Creating impactful copy to wow your audience

Frequently asked questions

What is your quality assurance process?

We place quality at the heart of everything we do, and we’re proud to be certified for compliance with ISO 9001:2015, the globally recognised quality standard. We only work with experienced and fully vetted linguists and our strict in-house quality-checking processes make sure nothing slips through the cracks. Read more about our approach to quality.

Will my work be kept confidential?

The work and personal data you share with us are treated as strictly confidential. All our team members are fully vetted and have signed a contract and non-disclosure agreement. We never share your details or documents with third parties, and we delete data once it is no longer needed. To find out more, please see our privacy policy.

How quickly will I get my document back?

We can translate shorter documents in less than a working week. Let us know your deadline and we’ll do our absolute best to meet it.

What file types can you work with?

We’re happy to translate in any of the MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) as well as in Google Docs, Google Sheets and the like. If you send us a designed document for translation (such as a PDF), we’ll usually prepare a matrix (with the original on one side and the translation on the other) so that your designer can easily see which part of the translated text corresponds to which part of the original. We also offer design and proofreading services if you need us to take care of this part of the job.

What will I receive exactly?

Once we’ve finished translating your document, we’ll send it back in the format of your choice. Of course, if you have any follow-up questions after we’ve sent you the final document, we’re more than happy to answer them.

How much do you charge?

We calculate the cost of translation based on the number of words in your document and the languages involved. Send us your document and deadline and we’ll get back to you with a free, speedy and precise quote.

How and when should I pay?

We accept payment via bank transfer and PayPal, which includes card payments via the PayPal interface.

For individual clients, we ask that you pay up front the first time we work together; after that, we’ll switch to 30-day invoicing. For businesses, universities and other organisations, we understand that you would most likely prefer an invoice on completion. We’ll ask for your business address, and our payment terms are 30 days from the date of invoicing.

I need my university/research budget to pay. How will this work?

Don’t worry in the least! For most of our academic clients, we liaise directly with the finance department to sort out the admin, so you can focus on the research side of things. If you put us in touch with the relevant team, we’ll work through the supplier registration, quoting and invoicing process with them. Just let us know how you prefer to work and we’ll fit in with you.

We have 30-day payment terms for language services suppliers. Can we work with you?

Yes, as long as you can provide us with a full business address. For individual clients, we ask that you pay up front the first time we work together; after that, we’ll switch to 30-day invoicing.

How can we help?

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