TLC UK began life in 1995 as The Spanish Translation Bureau and before becoming The Translation & Legalisation Company after a re-brand in 2010.
TLC UK initially focused on helping couples who had booked their destination wedding through travel agents such as First Choice, Thomson, Thomas Cook, Virgin Holidays and Co-Op Travel by translating and legalising their legal documentation, required to get married abroad.
In 2012, based on the success of the wedding business, the company with the help of UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) looked to extend the services of translation and legalisation to embrace and serve business customers as well as personal ones.
As part of the service repositioning and remaining true to its Spanish roots, the company will in 2013 be looking to appoint its first overseas agent in a Spanish speaking country, to assist in its export development plans.
TLC UK currently operates out of offices located in both London and Bristol and is made up of business managers, translators, admin and customer service staff.
The translation team are all qualified, trained professionals with expert industry knowledge which can be seen in the high quality translation output.
Every assignment, project or commission follows a demanding quality plan, with revision, proofreading and reviews all coming as standard.
So whether you are getting married abroad, registering a company overseas, coming to work in the UK, buying property abroad or securing employment outside the UK, our range of services make TLC UK your first choice for translation and legalisation.
St. Jerome was a Bible translator and is considered to be the patron saint of translators and interpreters. In 1991, FIT (International Federation of Translators) established St. Jerome’s Day to be officially celebrated on September 30th - more commonly known as International Translation Day.
Translation often gets confused with interpreting. All too often on the news, we hear about a translator travelling with diplomats, armed forces, newscast, etc. They are in fact interpreters. The difference? Translation is written, interpreting is spoken. Both do though share the same goal: passing on a message in another language.
Tracing the origins of both translation and interpreting is not that straightforward, especially as interpreting is spoken and therefore, for the most part, untraceable in history.
However, sources do suggest that the Egyptians had a hieroglyphic signifying 'interpreter'. History then peppers itself with cases in Ancient Greece and Roman and then throughout the centuries, especially as religion spreads and man enters the 'Age of Exploration'.
The most significant development, however, happened relatively recently (in historical terms). In Geneva in 1927, 'simultaneous interpreting' was first introduced at the International Labour Conference, with multiple language combinations.
At the time, it was deemed expensive and so it wasn't until the Nuremberg trials in 1945 that it was re-introduced. The main language combinations were English, German, French and Russian; and were used for trials, meetings and conferences. Following the trials' end in 1947, UN Resolution 152 then established interpreting as a permanent service for the UN.
The Hague Convention was established in 1961 to simplify the legalising of documents for universal recognition (Uruguay will accede into force in December 2012 and become the latest member). Embassy legalisation therefore becomes a requirement when the country of destination is a non-member of the Hague convention. Cuba, for example, is not a member.
An Apostille (which is pronounced 'ah-po-steel') is a 10 point referenced certificate issued by the State Government (in the UK, the FCO or Foreign and Commonwealth Office) attached to the original documents to validate their authenticity. This validation is in turn accepted internationally.