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The Hut Group acquires translation company to aid global growth

UK-based eCommerce company The Hut Group (THG) has taken the unusual move to acquire a translation services provider, as it plots further international growth.

TGH said this week that it has taken over Language Connect, adding that the acquisition provides the organisation with a unique opportunity to deliver “a step change in its translation capabilities” and support further expansion for its range of brands.

The terms of the deal was undisclosed.

Language Connect will join THG’s proprietary technology platform, dubbed THG Ingenuity, which underpins and powers the group’s systems and burgeoning portfolio of health and beauty companies such as Lookfantastic, Mama Mio and SkinStore. 

The newly acquired business has a diverse blue-chip customer base of over 900 organisations around the world, including Thomson Reuters, Twenty First Century Fox and Norton Rose Fulbright, as well as several market research organisations. It operates offices in London, New York, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Melbourne.

THG will also offer Language Connect’s services to its existing THG Ingenuity clients, including Nintendo, Honda and the Daily Mail Group.

Matthew Moulding, founder and CEO of The Hut Group, commented: “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.”

THG operates over 160 localised websites across 35 languages and 42 currencies, and the group said its platform receives over 500 million visits annually.

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