Export Guide to Belgium

Export Guide to Belgium

Translation and localisation support plays a major role in a successful export strategy so K International is producing a number of country-specific export guides to provide your business with some helpful information. You can read the introduction and view other guides as they become available right here.

Belgium’s market offers a range of opportunities to UK businesses looking to export their goods and services overseas. This affluent, multicultural country is within easy reach of the UK and offers a highly competitive marketplace for UK exporters. With a population of more than 11 million, the country offers strong purchasing power in an environment that is receptive to UK goods.

This Belgium business culture guide takes an in-depth look at business, linguistic and cultural considerations for companies looking at expanding abroad. Read more

UK Business Guide to China

Export Guide to China

Translation and localisation support plays a major role in a successful export strategy so K International is producing a number of country-specific export guides to provide your business with some helpful information. You can read the introduction and view other guides as they become available right here.

With a population of 1.4 billion, China is the world’s most populous country. It has more than 160 cities with a million or more inhabitants. China is also one of the world’s largest economies, ranking second only to the US in terms of its nominal GDP. In terms of its global competitiveness, China ranks 28th in the world.

Companies seeking true global success need to crack the Chinese market. For UK companies looking to export to China, this means learning to take account of a range of cultural differences in the way that they conduct business. Chinese translation services are also key to succeeding in China, as this business cultural guide explains.

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Why I love the UK

Why I love the UK

Back in the summer of 2004, I left my beautiful homeland of France behind for the prospect of a year in the damp, grey UK. I know what you’re thinking “Why on earth would you do such a thing?” well… picturesque countryside, fantastic hospitality and a pub on every corner (probably called the Red Lion or the Crown), yes please, why wouldn’t I! Now then, I forgot to mention that I came to Milton Keynes, the one and only city in the UK that, well, looks more American than British (or so I’ve been told). But, hey ho, you can add roundabouts to the list of things I love about this place, so there! Read more

Customer Satisfaction results for 2017

Customer Satisfaction Survey 2017

It’s been over a year now since we first launched our monthly customer satisfaction survey, we are proud to say that in that time we have received 436 responses from 348 individual contacts spanning more than 250 different clients. K International are dedicated to providing premium levels of customer service, so with that in mind, we are extremely happy to present the latest results from our survey. You are welcome to take a look at more comments from our clients over on the testimonial page.

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6 Major Shopping Days Around The World For International Business

In the United States, the holiday shopping season officially started on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping holidays in the world, but it’s certainly not the only one, or even the biggest one.

If your business is marketing to international customers,  you need to know the days they plan to shop. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 6 of the biggest shopping days around the world. Read more

Guide to exporting to Italy

Export Guide for Italy

Translation and localisation support plays a major role in a successful export strategy so K International is producing a number of country-specific export guides to provide your business with some helpful information. You can read the introduction and view other guides as they become available right here.

This Italy business culture guide is provided to support UK businesses considering exporting to Italy.

Italy imports a wealth of resources and transforms them into finished products. These are then sold both domestically and internationally. This presents some excellent opportunities for UK exporters, with the Italian government offering investment incentives at a local, regional and national level.

With a flight time of under 2.5 hours from London to Rome, Italy provides a close, convenient location for UK businesses looking to expand their international operations. It is also an attractive country to visit, with The Economist reporting that Italy enjoys the eighth highest standard of living in the world.

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UK business guide to Switzerland

Export Guide for Switzerland

Translation and localisation support plays a major role in a successful export strategy so K International is producing a number of country-specific export guides to provide your business with some helpful information. You can read the introduction and view other guides as they become available right here.

According to the World Economic Forum, Switzerland is the world’s most competitive economy – a position it has held for the past seven years. The maturity and diversity of the Swiss economy present a plethora of business opportunities for UK companies looking to do business in Switzerland. As such, this business culture guide looks at the dos and don’ts of doing business in Switzerland, along with some key details for companies looking to export their products for Swiss consumers.

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3 Reasons We Really Did Need a New Translation of The Odyssey

Homer’s Odyssey is one of the oldest and most influential works of Western literature. Before this year, it had been translated from Greek to English no less than 60 times. And now, there’s a new version available, translated by Emily Wilson.

So, did we really need yet another translation of The Odyssey? Here are 3 reasons why the latest version is worth your time:

This is the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman.

Emily Wilson is the first woman to translate The Odyssey into EnglishBut does that matter? Yes, because the process of translation is rarely as straightforward as an outsider might think.  Often, there’s not a single correct word or phrase to use. Instead, there’s a series of trade-offs in finding the closest match, something that conveys as many of the original shades of meaning as possible, without losing the rhythm and mood of the original text.

And sometimes, a translator’s own beliefs and biases can affect the final product. Read more

Guide for UK companies exporting to the USA

Export Guide for The USA

Translation and localisation support plays a major role in a successful export strategy so K International is producing a number of country-specific export guides to provide your business with some helpful information. You can read the introduction and view other guides as they become available right here.

The United States of America (USA) is a welcoming business environment for UK companies. Its highly developed economy offers a range of economic opportunities for foreign companies. For UK businesses, the USA presents fewer linguistic difficulties than trading in many other countries (due to both nations speaking English), but localisation support is often essential in order for companies to appeal to US consumers.

This business culture guide has been written to help UK exporters in their business ventures in the US.

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Chinese Translation Services: A Beginner’s Guide

Is your business looking for Chinese translation services? The potential benefits are tremendous:

Chinese translation can also help you reach communities of Chinese speakers closer to home.

But while the potential benefits are real, the potential pitfalls are, too. To avoid mishaps, read our beginner’s guide to Chinese translation services for businesses.

What language do they speak in China, anyway?

If you answered “Mandarin,” then you only get partial credit. Mandarin (often called Standard Chinese or Putonghua), is an official language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore.  But it’s not the only language people speak in China. Far from it. According to Ethnologue, there are 299 living languages spoken in China today.  Around 70% of the Chinese population speaks Mandarin, although the government would like to increase that to 80% by 2020.

The bottom line? It’s important to know your audience.  Depending on the content you’re translating, the medium you’re using, and the audience you’re trying to reach, Mandarin may be sufficient. But in some areas, like Hong Kong, it’s important to show respect for local languages like Cantonese, too.

And referring to standard Chinese as “Mandarin” is, in itself, a bit of an oversimplification. “Mandarin” also refers to a group of dialects used across northern and southwestern China. When spoken, these dialects are not all mutually intelligible. Read more