Friday, July 7th, 2017

Smoke & Mirrors – Lesson Learned

We work hard at McGowan Transcriptions to ensure that our work is of a very high standard and we also liaise closely with our clients in order to meet their deadlines and exceed expectations. Recently, we had a short, sharp lesson in the way another transcription agency is working and the fallout from it went on for days.

Very rarely, when we have been fully booked with work, we have asked a client if they would be happy for us to work alongside another agency. We have always taken care to choose agencies whose work is of a high standard and had already carried out a test to check the agency in question. Unusually, on this occasion, our client wished to have the transcripts back by midnight – a less than 12 hour deadline as the files landed after lunch.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Virtually working, so to speak

As a transcription company, we are used to working digitally although it wasn’t always the case. We’ve been in business long enough to remember the days of mini cassette tapes and waiting for the postman to deliver our day’s work. However, we’ve always worked virtually and, in the ever-changing world of business, employing someone to work for you virtually is becoming more commonplace. Nevertheless, it is surprising how many business owners shy away from hiring a virtual assistant. It’s as though not being able to see a business assistant means that they don’t have any control. The truth is that a large proportion of professional relationships in any niche these days can be considered virtual.

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Top 10 Advantages Of Transcribing Services

Outsourcing transcribing services to a professional company is a smart choice, especially when you don’t have in-house expertise. Transcription is an expensive skill set—just think about the wages, benefits, and all the overhead costs of a dedicated audio transcription department. Thanks to reliable companies with well trained personnel and the right tools for the job, outsourcing the service has become easier. Professional transcription is an important aspect of work, especially for medical practices, law firms, research organisations, as well as for individuals doing all kinds of studies and interviews. If you are thinking about outsourcing transcription services for your organisation, here are great advantages you can consider to make your decision much easier:

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Opt For The Most Flexible Audio Transcription Services In The UK

Transcription services can help you save time when you need to convert audio speech into readable text. You can outsource the service to an audio transcription service provider in the UK that can works with this type of audio file. The most flexible audio transcription services in the UK can handle anything from interviews to market research transcriptions, group discussions, legal, and medical transcriptions.
Flexibility is one of the crucial traits of a high-quality transcription service provider. The company should be able to precisely transcribe team meetings, brainstorming sessions, staff retreats, and workshops. Quality transcriptions can be provided for a wide range of market research in PR, B2C, B2B, and telecoms. Triad depth interviews, presentations, and dictations can be handled efficiently no matter how fast the speakers are or how noisy the background is.

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Benefits Of Hiring Professional Transcription Services In London

Using transcription services to convert spoken word to text is more practical and cost-efficient than asking your staff to transcribe for you, or doing the transcription yourself. Professional transcription companies have skilled and experienced transcribers who can deliver accurate transcripts on time. Hiring professional transcription services in London ensures that your transcripts have minimal to no errors.

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Reduce Your Workload By Using Conference Transcription

Conferences are many times of vital importance to businesses and organizations, which is why many executives and professionals prefer to record these kinds of talks and conversations for future reference. This said, maintaining a resource, dedicated to recording each and every conference you may have can be very cost intensive. Oftentimes, it is also infeasible. This is why many companies are resorting to more creative ways of archiving these kinds of resources. Audio transcription, particularly conference transcription, is one of the best ways to keep record of conferences and other valuable lectures and business discussions for future use.

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

20 Years Established Today!

McGowan Transcriptions are officially 20 years old!

If I were to write about the differences in technology and business this year to the year I established McGowan Transcriptions this blog would be 20 pages long, so here are some highlights:

The Good
We have a large team of dedicated professional transcribers, in 1993 I was on my own!
McGowan Transcriptions is a trusted name both in the UK and abroad.

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

So You Think You Can Type!

It has been almost two years since Joe McGowan of McGowan Transcription Services threw me my employment lifeline. I was in Costa coffee at the time using their bottomless Wi-Fi facility.

At the time, I felt I had the requisite experience and that my legal and PA audio transcription background would equip me for the job of transcribing for McGowan Transcription services. I felt that my skills, especially typing speed, were effortlessly transferable. How wrong I was! It was merely a starting point, a foundation on which to rapidly build solid digital transcription experience.

Monday, November 19th, 2012


One of the projects McGowan Transcription services were recently involved in was transcribing interviews on agriculture machinery. Anyone deluded enough to think that such a project would be plain sailing, think again. Of course we have all heard of Massey Ferguson and John Deere; how difficult could it be?

It soon became apparent that the transcription team had been thrown deep into, er, unploughed territory. Not only are there innumerable makes and models on the market but many interviews were conducted in the depths of the countryside.