British Sign Language is the first or preferred language of 145,000* people in the UK and is the language mainly used by Deaf** or hard-of-hearing people to communicate in the UK. With the services of a Prestige Network British Sign Language / English interpreter, we can help you to bridge the communication gap between Deaf** and hearing people.
British Sign Language is the same as any other language - it has its own vocabulary, grammar, expressions, emotions etc. as well as its own regional variations. Our interpreters can communicate exact emotions, expressions and nuances, as well as directly interpret the literal exchanges.
Our British Sign Language / English Interpreting services offer a convenient, cost effective way of working between British Sign Language and English and enable hearing and Deaf people to communicate with each other.
** The use of the word ‘Deaf’ (with a capital ‘D’) refers to a person whose preferred language is BSL whereas ‘deaf’ (with a lowercase ‘d’) refers to any person with a significant hearing loss.
Our British Sign Language / English Interpreting staff are highly trained in BSL as well as English and we work only with qualified or registered BSL / English Interpreters. The interpreter’s skills and expertise provide full translation to convey the words, and the meanings and feelings behind the words, which are so often vital when interacting.
The UK government recognised British Sign Language as an official minority language in March 2003. However, as BSL does not have any legal protection, Deaf people do not have full access to information and services that hearing people take for granted. Prestige Network is, therefore, enthusiastic in providing British Sign Language / English Interpreters which ultimately can assist in bringing years of language discrimination to an end.
Prestige Network’s British Sign Language / English Interpreting service offers an opportunity for hearing and Deaf people to communicate with each other, lifting the barrier that can exist when one does not know another person’s language.
Whether it’s a conference, trade show or training course, you will appreciate and understand how hard it is for a Deaf person to get the most out of the event without the provision of a professional British Sign Language / English Interpreter. Business is a two way process - an interpreter will also enable you to communicate with potential Deaf customers and vice versa.
Prestige Network can help you make your business more accessible to the Deaf community. As well as providing face-to-face interpreters, we have a wide range of services available and can assist you to ensure that any materials or research you have done can be made available to the Deaf community via British Sign Language.
As well as British Sign Language, we offer professional interpretation and translations services in over 300 languages, not only in a face-to-face capacity, but via email and telephone. Another reason we consider ourselves a friendly and helpful business partner is because, in a situation where another language is used, we can communicate the feeling and emotions expressed as well as the literal meaning. With a wide range of different languages translated to and from, we can be totally sure you will never be dissatisfied with our fluent additions to your project.
Prestige Network can provide British Sign Language (BSL) / English Interpreters in almost every town in the UK. See a comprehensive list below:
Oakham Mowbray St. Ives Dover Carterton Thame Bicester Huntingdon Ramsey Kent Barrow-in-Furness Preston Warrington Tiverton Glastonbury Oxford Chesterfield Brentwood Sherborne Runcorn Boston Warwickshire Birmingham Paignton Essex Romford Chelmsford Berkshire Grimsby Lincoln Louth Grantham Taunton Sussex Wycombe Thames Valley Stevenage Bridgwater Kingston-on-Thames Bury St. Edmunds Felixstowe Haverhill Sudbury Lowestoft Ipswich Stafford Harrogate Sutton Poole Cumberland Whitehaven Penrith UK Brampton Carlisle Thatcham Wokingham Thames Valley Windsor Reading York Peterborough Corby Kettering Wellingborough Northumberland Alnwick Morpeth Barnsley Hornsea Wakefield Newton Abbot Bradford Scarborough Driffield Kidderminster Dorchester Halifax Rotherham Worcestershire Sheffield Canterbury Rochester Lancashire Skegness Darlington Crawley Horsham Basingstoke Henley-on-Thames Wandsworth Middlesbrough Hertford Watford St. Albans Hereford Ealing Westminster Yeovil Dudley Keswick Workington Banbury Witney Hunstanton UK Rutland Cottesmore Uppingham Stamford Nottinghamshire Worksop Newark Nottingham Retford Chichester Hastings Brighton Coventry Stoke-on-Trent Cannock Walsall Norfolk Wolverhampton Newquay Wimborne Minster Dereham Northamptonshire Norwich Bournemouth Herefordshire West Ham Gloucestershire Ledbury Leominster Kington Hertfordshire Cambridgeshire Whittlesey Wisbech Cambridge Linton March Chatteris Cornwall Lonsdale Devizes Marlborough Chippenham Trowbridge Worthing Evesham Yorkshire Halesowen Malvern Shropshire Ludlow Shrewsbury Bridgnorth Whitchurch Telford Oswestry Bath Sunderland Durham Gateshead Stockton-on-Tees Bromyard Maidenhead Croydon Wimbledon Guildford Wells Woking City of London Enfield Harrow Ely Doncaster Worcester Suffolk Kirkby Ross-on-Wye Leeds Sheffield Middlesex Staines Weymouth Ambleside Stourbridge Lichfield Cheshire Stockport Birkenhead Wallasey Chester Macclesfield Crewe ENGLAND Manchester Bolton Hatfield Liverpool Yaxley St. Neots Melton Bromley Folkestone Doncaster Greenwich Maidstone Northampton Berwick-upon-Tweed Hexham Newcastle-upon-Tyne Oxfordshire Gloucester Derbyshire Filey Wakefield Hull Tavistock Margate Cirencester Bristol Huntingdonshire Devon Exeter St. Austell Camborne Abingdon Bracknell Colchester Harlow Lincolnshire Scunthorpe Market Drayton Somerset Wiltshire Salisbury Weston-super-Mare Whitby Beverley Newbury Staffordshire Milton Keynes Buckingham Swindon Bodmin Shaftesbury Durham Hartlepool Washington Derby Redruth Bedfordshire Biggleswade Bognor Regis Eastbourne Penzance Thames Valley Dunstable Rugby Solihull Great Britain Bedford Leighton Buzzard Sandy Buckinghamshire Bungay Great Yarmouth Lancaster Hemel Hempstead Surrey Kendal Slough Brixton Aylesbury High Mansfield Southwell Potters Bar Cromer King's Lynn Portsmouth Plymouth Leicestershire Hinckley Coalville Leicester Lutterworth Loughborough Falmouth Bridlington Northallerton Luton Warwick Nuneaton Stroud Cheltenham Tewkesbury Hampshire Newport Southampton Torquay Winchester Barnstaple Dorset Matlock Ilkeston Swadlincote Buxton Ashbourne Stratford-upon-Avon Yorkshire Westmorland Windermere Appleby Truro Basildon Southend Warminster