10th January 2020
Today, SignVideo, a leading BSL Video Interpreting provider and Sign Language Interactions (SLI), a leading provider of communication support services for British Sign Language (BSL) users, have merged.
The merger sees the acquisition of SignVideo by SLI in one of the biggest developments in the BSL video interpreting sector, with both companies coming together to now be able to offer leading communications support services to the deaf BSL community in the UK.
Jeff McWhinney, Chairman and Founder of SignVideo explains, “My wife Brigitte and I are so proud of what we have built over the last 15 years but the time has come to ensure the future growth of SignVideo. We have been speaking to SLI over the last year to ensure we are a good fit and I’m confident SignVideo will grow from strength to strength under SLI’s leadership and investment. The two companies have the same vision and philosophies for the Deaf community and complement each other hugely. The result of this merger means better, more rounded support for Deaf BSL users. This has always been our aim and we look forward to seeing it blossom as SignVideo grows.”
Andrew Dewey, Managing Director of Sign Language Interactions continues, “We want to continue the ground-breaking work Jeff, Brigitte and the team at SignVideo have started and plan now to drive forwards into Government, charities and many more sectors to encourage them to provide better access for Deaf BSL users. We also want to ensure Deaf people have access to BSL interpreters who are working to the highest quality standards. It will be a lot of hard work from now on, but we are absolutely committed to ensuring interpreters are available both face to face and online, for Deaf people when they need it.”
SignVideo provides British Sign Language (BSL) video interpreting services to enable easy communication between the community of over 150,000 deaf BSL users in the UK and hearing people. The service allows users to make and receive BSL interpreted video calls so that they can effectively and effortlessly communicate with each other. This happens through a professional video interpreter who relays the call between BSL and English and the service is available instantly on tablets, smartphones, computers and laptops via the SignVideo app and software.
Born in 2004, SignVideo is led by Jeff McWhinney, a well-known deaf entrepreneur who fights tirelessly for equality of the deaf and hearing community. Today, SignVideo, a predominantly deaf-led organisation, provides their service to the government, NHS, councils, UK banks, telecommunications providers, energy providers, helplines and many other types of organisations.
Read more and connect with SignVideo on social media at www.signvideo.co.uk.
Sign Language Interactions is a BSL/English interpreting led organisation established in 2003, We have a proven track record of service delivery within the public, private and voluntary sectors. We are passionate about providing a high quality of communication services and working in partnership with the Deaf/deafblind community as well as other organisations who share similar values and objectives. Our staff are fully committed to providing the best quality of service – reliable, organised and delivered in a friendly and helpful manner.
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