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DA Languages

Employees
c. 180
Linguists
8,000+
Languages and Dialects
450+
Services
10
Status
Current
Country
United Kingdom
Strategy
Small Cap
Sector
Business Services
Entry
Dec-21
Fund
IK SC III

Leading language service provider in the UK

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Manchester, DA Languages (“DAL”) is one of the fastest growing language services providers in the UK, delivering critical services to organisations communicating with non-English speakers.

With a network of over 8,000 linguists, DAL’s offering spans face-to-face, video and telephone interpretation along with written translation services, covering more than 450 languages and dialects. The business has an attractive client base of NHS trusts, councils, charities and private enterprises across the financial, legal and private healthcare sectors. DAL’s platform is underpinned by strong proprietary technology, which automates bookings and facilities a seamless virtual experience for linguists and clients alike.

IK Partners acquired DAL in December 2021 from Foresight Group alongside the management team who are reinvesting.

What Attracted us to the Business

  • Scaled player in a large market with attractive growth tailwinds
  • Managed service offering with a number of exclusive relationships
  • Strong organic momentum and a clear right to win
  • Lean operating model with robust proprietary technology
  • Fragmented market with tangible M&A opportunity

Our Value Creation Strategy

We are working alongside management to:

  • Continue rapid growth in core markets through a well-invested bid writing team and a systematic approach to account management;
  • Win larger, transformational contracts in new public sector verticals and develop a stronger foothold in the private sector;
  • Pursue targeted M&A; and
  • Build on recent investment in proprietary and operating engine.

Quote from the Client

“We are excited to partner with IK and benefit from their expertise and experience to further enhance our quality service and technology proposition.”

Matthew Taylor, Managing Director, DA Languages

Investment Team

Tom Salmon

Partner
London

Simon May

Director
London