In 1958, M.H. Randall and Partners was established in the UK as a professional provider of patent translation services. In 1982, it merged with Woolcott and Company (which was established in 1961, and specialized in technical, patent and trademark information searching) to form Randall Woolcott Services, which subsequently changed its name to RWS Group.
RWS Group’s organic growth strategy, coupled with a selective acquisition policy, has seen us become one of the world's leading translation and IP services companies with dedicated divisions providing translation, patent filing, search and localization services to the legal and financial, medical, pharmaceutical, chemical, engineering and telecoms industries.
In 1992, we reached a significant milestone in our history by becoming the very first company in the translation industry to gain ISO 9001 certification, in recognition of our stringent quality control procedures. These procedures continue to form the backbone of our growth and success.
The Group’s parent company – RWS Holdings plc – was listed on the Alternative Investment Market in London in 2003. Since then, we have continued to record ever-increasing levels of growth.
In 2015, we were awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade for the fifth time. The Queen’s Award is the highest official accolade that can be granted to UK businesses, and recognizes outstanding achievements in overseas earnings.
Today, the Group employs over 600 staff and has operating companies in the UK, USA, Japan, China, Australia and Germany, with customer liaison offices in France, Sweden and Switzerland.
We are a global leader in our field, renowned for the high calibre of our in-house teams of translators, searchers and technical experts and the top-tier quality of service that we provide. It makes us immensely proud that the RWS name has become synonymous with quality and professionalism.