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British Sign Language


British Sign Language (BSL) is just one of the many languages that Prestige Network provides translations to and from, enabling communication between Deaf* and hearing people via the use of a skilled BSL /English Interpreter.

Without proper interpreter provision, the Deaf community will not always get the most out of conferences, business meetings, trade-related events, family events, shows and performances, and anywhere else a language barrier can be encountered. Participation in such an event is often a two-way process, and a British Sign Language / English Interpreter can enable Deaf and hearing people to fully understand each other’s contributions, resulting in a more successful and productive experience.

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*Conventionally, using the word ‘Deaf’ (with a capital ‘D’) refers to a person whose preferred language is British Sign Language (BSL) whereas ‘deaf’ (with a lowercase ‘d’) refers to any person with a significant hearing loss.

British Sign Language - A Visual-Spatial Language

British Sign Language (BSL) is a language all of its own and involves communication by hand gestures, facial expressions as well as body movements. It is classed as a visual-spatial language and is a very full bodied and detailed language. It may be faster to speak words than to create a sign, but this does not mean that communicating in BSL is slower than a spoken language. Because our eyes can perceive multiple signals and signs are combined with movements of the head, face and body, the BSL conversation is as fluent as a verbal one.

It was not until March 2003 that the UK government recognized British Sign Language as an official minority language. This has fortunately led to an increased awareness of the language which now has a similar status to that of other minority national languages such as Gaelic and Welsh. It is estimated by the Department of Work and Pensions that British Sign Language is the first language of nearly 70,000 people in the UK.

Communicate With The Deaf Community

Think about the diversity of the different cultures within the global community. The vibrant colourful dialects, range of expression and the cultural elements involved in each language. British Sign Language is the same, with its own vocabulary, grammatical rules and expressions as well as regional dialects. Prestige Network’s British Sign Language / English Interpreters offer a perfect facilitation service across-the-board, enabling hearing people and the Deaf community to communicate with each other. A skilled British Sign Language / English Interpreter will communicate the feeling and emotions expressed as well as the literal meaning.

British Sign Language / English Interpreting is an important area for you to consider for your business and making your services more accessible to Deaf people. A British Sign Language / English Interpreter can be used in any situation where communication is key - from anything from business negotiations to religious occasions, training seminars to open days, and in a variety of environments such as legal, educational, medical, social or personal related.

Qualified British Sign Language / English Interpreters

Our interpreters are highly trained in British Sign Language as well as English and we work only with qualified and/or registered BSL / English Interpreters. British Sign Language (BSL) used by a professional interpreter can assist in bridging the communication barrier between Deaf and hearing people.

All our British Sign Language / English Interpreting staff abide to a strict code of conduct relating to impartiality and confidentiality. Our BSL / English Interpreters are very sensitive to their role, especially in legal issues. Their role is simply to provide an impartial interpretation of all communication and not to offer advice or opinions - even when asked. Their strict code of ethics also mandates that all communication will remain confidential.

Beyond British Sign Language/English Interpreting

As well as providing face-to-face British Sign Language / English Interpreters, we can assist you in making your website, video clips and video material more accessible to the Deaf community.

Our clients often congratulate us on the manner and expertise with which we deliver our projects to them. It is not only that our Project Manager regularly updates them on the progress of the job but also the customer service that they receive before and after its completion.

Apart from offering other language services (translation, interpreting into more than 300 languages, language consultancy and diversity training), we assist our clients with multilingual publishing, website localisation, voice-over and transcription assignments and more.

Nationwide Coverage in the UK

Prestige Network is able to provide British Sign Language / English Interpreters to most counties and towns in England, Scotland & Wales. See areas covered listed below (not in any particular order):

Banffshire  Banff  Buckie Paignton Keith  Macduff  Ellon  Turriff   Angus/Forfarshire Chesterfield Forfar  Dundee  Arbroath  Brechin  Montrose  Carnoustie  Kirriemuir    Argyllshire  Inveraray  Oban  Dunoon  Campbeltown  Lochgilphead  Tobermory   Ayrshire  Ayr  Kilmarnock  Irvine  Saltcoats  Kilwinning  Newtown  Welshpool  Largs  Troon  Cumnock   Portsoy  Dufftown   Berwickshire  Chester  Stockport  Birkenhead  Wallasey  Runcorn  Macclesfield  Crewe   Cornwall Greenlaw  Duns  Linton   Cheshire  Bodmin  Truro  Camborne Buxton  Matlock  Ashbourne   Redruth  St. Austell  Falmouth  Penzance  Newquay     Carlisle  Whitehaven  Workington  Penrith  Keswick  Brampton   Derbyshire  Derby    Ilkeston  Swadlincote  Devon  Newton Abbot  Tavistock   Dorset  Ffestiniog  Barmouth Manchester Harlech   Monmouthshire/Sir Fynwy  Monmouth  Newport  Blackwood  Cwmbran  Abergavenny Lowestoft Chepstow  Tredegar    Montgomeryshire/Sir Drefaldwyn  Montgomery  Machynlleth  Llanidloes   Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro  Pembroke  Milford Haven  Haverfordwest  Fishguard  Tenby    Poole Cumberland Weymouth    Wimborne Huntingdonshire  Huntingdon  St. Ives  St. Neots  Ramsey  Yaxley   Kent  Maidstone  Canterbury  Bromley Plymouth  Torquay  Barnstaple  Rochester  Margate  Folkestone  Dover  Greenwich   Lancashire    Preston Nottingham  Mansfield  Worksop  Newark  Retford  Southwell   Oxfordshire  Sherborne Bolton  Warrington  Barrow-in-Furness   Melton Mowbray Dorchester Coalville  Lutterworth   Lincolnshire  Lincoln  Grimsby  Scunthorpe  Boston  Grantham  Stamford  Skegness  Louth   Middlesex Somerset City of London  Harrow  Enfield  Staines  Ealing  Potters Bar  Westminster    Norfolk Lancaster  Liverpool  King's Lynn  Dereham  Cromer  Hunstanton    Northampton  Peterborough  Corby  Kettering  Wellingborough   Northumberland  Alnwick  Newcastle-upon-Tyne  Morpeth  Hexham  Berwick-upon-Tweed   Nottinghamshire  Oxford  Banbury  Witney  Bicester  Henley-on-Thames  Carterton  Thame   Rutland  Oakham  Uppingham. Cottesmore   Shropshire  Shrewsbury  Telford  Oswestry  Bridgnorth  Whitchurch  Market Drayton  Ludlow   Taunton Nairnshire Bath  Weston-super-Mare  Yeovil  Bridgwater  Wells  Glastonbury   Staffordshire  Stafford  Stoke-on-Trent  Wolverhampton  Walsall  Northamptonshire Cannock  Lichfield   Suffolk  Ipswich  Bury Wakefield Cardiganshire/Ceredigion  Cardigan  Barnsley  Rotherham Great Yarmouth  Newport Minster  Shaftesbury   Durham  Durham  Sunderland  Stockton-on-Tees  Darlington  Hartlepool  Gateshead  Washington   Essex  Chelmsford  Basildon  Romford  Southend  Colchester  Harlow  Brentwood  West Ham   Gloucestershire  Gloucester  Bristol  Cheltenham  Stroud  Cirencester  Tewkesbury   Hampshire  Winchester  Southampton  Portsmouth  Bournemouth  Basingstoke Holywell  Buckley  St. Asaph    Norwich    Herefordshire  Hereford  Ross-on-Wye  Leominster  Ledbury  Bromyard  Kington   Hertfordshire  Hertford  Watford  St. Albans  Hemel Hempstead  Stevenage  Hatfield  WALES  Anglesey/Sir Fon  Beaumaris  Holyhead  Llangefni Scarborough Amlwch  Menai Bridge   Brecknockshire/Sir Frycheiniog  Brecon  Builth Wells  Hay-on-Wye  Talgarth  Llanwrtwd Wells   Caernarfonshire/Sir Gaernarfon  Exeter  Tiverton  Caernarfon    Nairn  Auldearn  Cawdor  Ferness   Orkney Bangor  Llandudno  Conwy  Pwllheli  Porthmadog   Carmarthenshire/Sir Gaerfyrddin  Kilsyth  Bridge of Allan  Denny  Alva   Sutherland  Ammanford  Llandovery  Kidwelly Middlesbrough    Whitby  St. Clears    Aberystwyth  Lampeter  St. Edmunds    Felixstowe  Sudbury  Haverhill  Bungay   Surrey  Guildford  Croydon  Woking  Sutton  Kingston-on-Thames  Wandsworth  Wimbledon  Brixton   Sussex  Chichester  Brighton  Worthing  Crawley  Hastings  Eastbourne Tullibody   Dumfriesshire  Dumfries  Bognor Regis  Horsham   UK Warwickshire  Warwick  Birmingham  Coventry  Nuneaton  Rugby Penicuik  Dalkeith  Bonnyrigg   Morayshire  Solihull  Stratford-upon-Avon   Westmorland  Appleby  Kendal  Windermere  Ambleside  Kirkby Lonsdale   Wiltshire  Trowbridge  Salisbury  Swindon    Devizes  Marlborough  Warminster   Worcestershire  Worcester  Dudley  Kidderminster  Stourbridge  Halesowen  Malvern  Evesham  Carmarthen  Llanelli  Yorkshire  Northallerton  Beverley  Hull  Bridlington  Driffield  Hornsea  Filey  Wakefield  Bradford  Halifax  Harrogate  Selkirkshire Doncaster  New Quay  Tregaron   Denbighshire/Sir Ddinbych  Denbigh  Wrexham  Ruthin  Abergele  Llangollen   Flintshire/Sir Fflint  Mold  Flint  Rhyl  Prestatyn  Connah's Quay  Glamorgan/Morgannwg  Cardiff  Swansea  Merthyr Chippenham Tydfil  Barry  Caerphilly  Bridgend  Neath  Pontypridd   Merioneth/Meirionnydd  Dolgellau  Bala  Tywyn  Blaenau St. David's   Radnorshire/Sir Faesyfed  Presteigne  Llandrindod Wells  Knighton  Rhayader  New Radnor  SCOTLAND   Leicestershire  Leicester  Loughborough  Hinckley  Aberdeenshire  Aberdeen  Peterhead  Fraserburgh  Inverurie  Huntley  Eyemouth  Lauder  Coldstream   Buteshire  Rothesay  Millport  Brodick  Lochranza   Cromartyshire  Cromarty  Ullapool  Newton Stewart  Whithorn  ENGLAND   Caithness  Wick  Thurso  Halkirk  Castletown   Clackmannanshire  Clackmannan  Alloa  Tillicoultry  Annan  Lockerbie  Moffat  Sanquhar  Langholm  Gretna    Grangemouth  Dornoch  Helmsdale  Brora  Golspie  Lairg  Durness  Tongue   West Lothian/Linlithgowshire  Linlithgow  Livingston  Bo'ness  Broxburn  Whitburn  Armadale  Bathgate    Wigtownshire  Wigtown  Stranraer  Bedfordshire  Bedford  Luton  Dunstable  Leighton Buzzard Leeds  Sheffield  Biggleswade  Sandy Renfrew  Paisley  Greenock  Johnstone    Berkshire  Reading  Bracknell  Maidenhead  Newbury  Thatcham  Windsor  Wokingham  Abingdon   Buckinghamshire  Aylesbury  Milton Keynes  Slough  Buckingham  High Wycombe    Cambridgeshire  Cambridge  Wisbech  Ely  March  Whittlesey  Chatteris Dunbartonshire/Dumbartonshire  Dumbarton  Clydebank  Cumbernauld  Helensburgh  Alexandria  Kirkintilloch   East Lothian/Haddingtonshire  Haddington  North Berwick  Dunbar  Tranent  East Linton   Fife  Cupar  Dunfermline  Glenrothes  Kirkcaldy  St. Andrews  Cowdenbeath  Burntisland   Inverness-shire  Inverness  Fort William  Kingussie  Newtonmore  Portree    Kincardineshire  Stonehaven  Banchory  Laurencekirk  Inverbervie   Kinross-shire  Kinross  Milnathort   Kirkcudbrightshire  Kircudbright  Castle Douglas  Dalbeattie  New Galloway   Lanarkshire  Lanark  Glasgow  East Kilbride  Hamilton  Motherwell  Coatbridge  Carluke   Midlothian/Edinburghshire  Edinburgh  Musselburgh  Elgin  Forres  Rothes  Lossiemouth  Fochabers   Nairnshire  Nairn  Auldearn  Cawdor  Ferness   Orkney  Kirkwall  Sromness  Balfour    Peeblesshire  Peebles  Innerleithen  West Linton   Perthshire  Perth  Crieff  Pitlochry  Callander  Blairgowrie  Rattray  Coupar Angus  Kincardine   Renfrewshire  Port Glasgow  Barrhead York Kilmalcolm   Ross-shire  Dingwall  Stornaway  Tain  Alness  Invergorden   Roxburghshire  Jedburgh  Hawick  Kelso  Melrose  Roxburgh     Selkirk  Clovenfords  Galashiels   Shetland  Lerwick  Scalloway  Baltasound   Stirlingshire  Stirling  Falkirk