Zen International

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Our clients

We take the time and effort to understand our clients' businesses, their values and people, building a long-term relationship, to help them with strategic international business planning and delivery:

Here's what some of our clients say about working with us:


IoD Kent

The Kent Branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) is a membership organisation which offers support, representation and sets standards for company directors and professional leaders.

Debbie Cameron, Branch Manager, IoD Kent:

“Olga D’Silva is the Chair of IoD Kent’s International Business Forum, which was started in 2010.  In conjunction with IoD Kent and our sponsor, Olga helps to deliver a cross section of international topics for delegates to learn about and discuss.  She helps to source expert speakers and ably facilitates an open discussion among delegates at each event.  We hold the International Business Forum quarterly at various locations across Kent, aimed at helping SMEs with different aspects of doing business internationally; those that are taking their first steps, or those that are already trading internationally, but who wish to improve within their current markets and explore new markets.  Olga consistently helps to support the objectives of the Forum, and IoD Kent look forward to the International Business Forum going from strength to strength with Olga as Chair.”

Canterbury City Council
Canterbury City Council is a public sector organisation servicing the people of Canterbury and other districts in Kent.
Natalia Sukhram, Economic Development Officer:

 ‘Zen International are very approachable and flexible, both with the Council and our business clients, and they always strive to deliver the best outcome through their international business support services.  Olga D’Silva enhances and supports our existing team, and in doing so has become an extended member of staff. The feedback from the companies that Zen International have supported has been consistently positive.

 Zen International have delivered quality, cost effective international business support and solutions for 2 European Union funded projects.  Firstly, Project TEN (Transmanche Enterprise Network), helping SMEs to develop cross border trade with businesses in northern France and western Flanders in Belgium.  In the second Project '2 Seas Trade', where Canterbury City Council are a partner, Zen International have supported SMEs, as part of an international marketing surgery, in order to help with their business development in the French, Flemish and Dutch markets.’


Berry Gardens Limited Berry Gardens Limited is the UK’s largest fresh berry supplier. Samantha Desforges, HR Manager:
‘We chose Zen because they have a professional, motivational and flexible approach to our business needs for Spanish language training.  This teaching supports the role of different staff in the area of sales and procurement, and this has a tangible and positive impact on our key business relationships with our overseas growers.’


Hearbase Limited Hearbase Limited is the largest independent hearing aid provider in Kent. Sue Scutchings, Financial Director:
‘We chose Zen because we had been seeking a solution to language training for an employee from Poland who needed to improve her confidence with English Language.  Her role was about to become a management one, and she felt her lack of vocabulary was an impediment to gaining the staff respect and co-operation she would need.  It was an unusual set of circumstances warranting one-to-one tuition rather than any kind of college day-release or evening course, and we had no idea where we might find such training in a cost-effective way and without restricting her availability to our clients.  We were fortunate to find out about what Zen Languages can offer, and how prepared they were to tailor to our requirements and suggest options for funding grants.  Both our employee and ourselves as employers are very happy with the results.’


Brigade Electronics plc
Brigade Electronics is the market leader in vehicle safety systems.
Tom Brett, Marketing Director:

‘We have an excellent business relationship with Zen International, who work with us and our international representatives to ensure a consistent, quality, professional and on time translation service at all times.  We are extremely happy with their translation services.’

Thanet Earth Marketing Limited
Thanet Earth is the largest, most high-tech greenhouse complex in the UK, growing tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers using state of the art and environmentally friendly growing techniques.
A spokesman said:

‘Zen carry out a professional and reliable translation service for us.  They manage the translation process extremely well, and often return translations before our due deadline.  Zen has also been proactive in finding out about specific vocabulary related to our business, and we really appreciate this level of service and commitment.’
Leeds Castle Enterprises Ltd Leeds Castle is a major Kent tourist attraction.  Visitors from the UK and overseas come to view the castle and to participate in a wide range of special events throughout the year. Sam Bromley, Marketing Assistant:
‘I would just like to thank you for our translation.  Leeds Castle found Zen very friendly, quick and extremely helpful, as well as also providing a quality product at a competitive price. We would be more than happy to work with Zen again.’
Ashford Designer Outlet, Kent Part of the McArthurGlen Group, the leading developer, owner and manager of designer outlet villages in Europe, Ashford Designer Outlet is a shopping destination for discounted prices on famous brand and designer names. Natasha Phair, Marketing Manager:
'I was very pleased with the translation work undertaken by Zen.  Our creative agency found them extremely helpful, with tight deadlines and nothing but the most professional of service. Thank you.'


Hobson Prior International Limited Hobson Prior International Limited is one of the leading recruitment providers to the life science industry in Europe. German cultural communicaton workshop:
“Effective and appropriate.”
“Fun and informative.”
“Very insightful and engaging.”
“Professional and informative. This will help the way I liaise with my candidates in Germany.”
UK Trade & Investment  South East (UKTI) UK Trade & Investment is the Government organisation helping UK businesses to trade overseas, providing export advice and expertise, through a network of locally based International Trade Advisers and Trade Development Officers at British embassies, consulates and High Commissions worldwide. David Bax, International Trade Adviser:
‘We really enjoyed your session.  It certainly livened up the atmosphere and was very informative.’
Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce supports an extensive business network within Kent with the aim of  promoting enterprise within the County. Jo James, Chief Executive:
‘I am sure that your sensible and light hearted presentation will have helped many of the delegates who attended.’


English Apples and Pears Limited English Apples and Pears Limited is the trade association for the UK industry. Adrian Barlow, Chief Executive, English Apples and Pears Limited:
‘In 2008 we were asked to organise and host Prognosfruit, the world's leading conference for the apple and pear industries, which is held annually in Europe. More than two hundred delegates attended the three day programme.  Zen were commissioned to manage the event and to organise and provide interpreters, reception staff, sound, lighting and the stage. The service they provided was outstanding with great attention to detail and efficiency at all times.  Costs were very competitive.   Zen made many constructive and helpful suggestions.  The staff and equipment provided were of high quality and the event was widely regarded as having set new high standards in every respect. I would strongly recommend Zen to any individual or organisation requiring any aspect of event management, advice or provision of associated services.’
The Fruit Grower Magazine, September 2008 International Conference ‘Prognosfruit’
‘The programme was almost certainly the most successful and enjoyable in Prognosfruit’s 32-year history.’
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