The Hut Group: beauty behemoth acquires translation company
THG, a UK-headquartered company, has acquired Language Connect, which delivers full-service translation, proofreading, localisation, interpreting and verbatim coding services.
“The acquisition provides a unique opportunity for THG to deliver a step change in its translation capabilities, supporting its continued international growth,” the company states.
Why language services, and why now?
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, the company says.
Matthew Moulding, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Hut Group, says: "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.”
Committed to continued growth
THG asserts that it 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.
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.