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About ATC

The Association of Translation Companies (ATC), was founded in 1976 by leading translation companies to create recognition and trust among stakeholders by promoting and regulating quality driven language industry standards and best practice.

The ATC authors the unique annual UK Language Services Market Report and hosts the sector’s flagship event, the Language Industry Summit.  As it strives to drive the highest professional standards, the ATC has also developed an ISO Certification Service for members. ATC members represent a cross-section of Language Service Providers (LSPs) across the UK.


As a collective group of translation and interpreting companies with members worldwide, the ATC works on a not-for-profit basis entirely in the interests of its members and the Language Industry as a whole.

The ATC works to define standards of excellence in the Industry and its members operate to a comprehensive Code of Conduct to ensure clients are provided with the highest quality services. Joining the ATC gives members access to a network of forward-thinking language professionals and the opportunity to influence the direction of the language industry as a whole.

ISO Certification

The ATC supports member companies to achieve ISO standards across management, translation and machine translation

Membership Benefits

Find out about becoming a Member, Supported Start-up, or Corporate Member or how to qualify as a Technical or Accredited Partner of the ATC

Learning & Initiatives

The ATC works hard to develop learning opportunities for members and other language professionals – find out more here

Language Industry Market Research

Since 2015, the ATC has conducted a comprehensive survey of the language industry and made it available to members and non-members alike.

The data we acquire is invaluable to anyone working or considering working within the translation and interpretation services industry and should be considered the first port of call for any question about the market.

In 2018, the UK language services industry is at a crossroads. It is perfectly placed to provide global communication solutions to companies whose international trade and export activities will depend on high quality translation and interpreting more than ever, but the uncertainty around Brexit means that very little is visible or set in stone following the UK’s exit from the EU in March 2019.

Instead of producing an industry survey in 2018, the ATC will focus on rethinking and reformulating the survey content and format, to ensure its viability and usefulness through the changing times.

You can download the previous three years’ reports 2015-2017 for a special bundled price of £50 for ATC members and £100 for non-members!

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