The Hut Group (“THG or the “Group”), one of the world’s largest online Beauty & Wellbeing businesses, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Language Connect, a leading language translation and localisation services company.
Founded in 2003 by Ben and Iwona Taylor, Language Connect has grown rapidly to become a leading international language services provider. The business has a diverse blue-chip customer base of over 900 organisations globally, including Thomson Reuters, Twenty First Century Fox and Norton Rose Fulbright, as well as several of the world’s largest market research organisations. It also has an international footprint, with offices in London, New York, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Melbourne.
The acquisition provides a unique opportunity for THG to deliver a step change in its translation capabilities, supporting its continued international growth.
Language Connect represents a significant addition to THG’s proprietary technology platform, THG Ingenuity, which underpins and powers the Group’s systems and ever-growing portfolio of Health and Beauty brands.
THG remains committed to the service and growth of Language Connect’s extensive global customer base, and will also offer Language Connect’s services to its existing THG Ingenuity clients, which include household names such as Nintendo, Honda and the Daily Mail Group.
Matthew Moulding, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Hut Group, said: “I’m delighted to welcome the Language Connect team to THG. In Language Connect, we have made a significant investment which supports our international growth plans; making translation more efficient for our customers around the globe. It also marks another step in the growth of our proprietary technology platform, THG Ingenuity, following the acquisitions of UK2 and Hangar Seven last year. We expect to make additional investments this year to grow the platform further.”
Ben Taylor, Co-Founder of Language Connect said: “I am thrilled that Language Connect is becoming part of THG and integrated into its Ingenuity platform. I have closely followed the growth of THG as one of the UK’s leading technology companies and particularly its impressive expansion into international territories. I am confident in the Group’s ability to accelerate the business forward and create exceptional opportunities for our people in this exciting new chapter.”
THG retails over 8,000 brands which includes its own leading brands such as Myprotein, ESPA, Grow Gorgeous and Illamasqua. Operating over 160 localised websites across 35 languages and 42 currencies, the Group’s platform receives over 500 million visits annually.
THG and Language Connect were both awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise this year in the International Trade Category.