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Umbrella company contractors with translation skills could very well find job opportunities from the UK’s small and medium-sized firms that are trying to grow their businesses abroad.

A new survey by translation experts Global Lingo, has found that 68% of UK SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) that have tried to grow their company overseas, without professional language help, have failed.

According to the findings, 71% of the SMEs that did not use a professional translator tried to communicate themselves, often using a mixture of English and the client’s language; 37% admitted to using online translation tools.

Of those surveyed, just 18% chose to hire a professional translator in helping them to trade abroad, and so this is could very well be a great opportunity for contractors with these specialised skills.

Richard Michie, marketing and technology director at Global Lingo, said, “It seems that many SMEs in the UK are guilty of attempting a ‘DIY’ approach when it comes to language overseas, but although many may have great language skills under their belt- avoiding professional help is never advisable.”

"The fact is that competition is tough, and if you don’t take the care to present yourself in as professional a light as possible, you may well be losing yourself important business and putting yourself in a vulnerable position."

Simon Dolan is the Sales & Marketing Manager for Contractor Umbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies and founder member of AllUmbrellaCompaniesAreEqual.
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