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The Hut Group, Owner of Glossybox and Espa, Buys Language Connect

THG said the acquisition will support its international growth plans.

LONDON — The Hut Group is turning polyglot with its latest acquisition. On Tuesday, the beauty tech firm that owns brands including Espa and Glossybox, said it has purchased Language Connect, a language translation and localization services company.

Matthew Moulding, founder and chief executive officer of The Hut Group, said his company made “a significant investment [that] supports our international growth plans, making translation more efficient for our customers around the globe.”

The Hut Group is one of the world’s largest online beauty and well-being businesses: Its other holdings include Illamasqua; the Australian beauty retailer Skinstore, and, the British beauty retailer.

He added that the purchase 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.”

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Language Connect was founded in 2003 by Ben and Iwona Taylor, and said its blue-chip customer base includes more than 900 organizations globally, including Thomson Reuters and Twenty-First Century Fox as well as several of the world’s largest market research organizations.

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It has an international footprint, with offices in London, New York, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Melbourne.

THG said 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 names such as Nintendo, Honda and the Daily Mail Group.

Ben Taylor, cofounder of Language Connect, said: “I have closely followed the growth of THG as one of the U.K.’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 more than 8,000 brands and operates more than 160 localized web sites across 35 languages and 42 currencies. The group said its platform receives more than 500 million visits annually.