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Global language service provider and company of Connect Yorkshire EIR Larry Gould, thebigword Group, is expanding its global footprint with the opening of a new operations centre in Pune, India.

The establishment of a larger presence in India is part of thebigword Group’s growth strategy, enhancing its flexibility to service new and existing business. The Pune operations centre will enable a smooth delivery of the company’s specialised translation and interpretation services.

With a population of 1.34 billion, speaking 22 different languages, India is the 6th fastest growing economy in the world, making it an attractive location for expansion.

Pune located in Maharashtra State in Western India, has over a hundred educational institutes and more than nine universities including The Savitribai Phule Pune University, which is the second largest University in the country, based on total number of affiliated colleges. thebigword intends to leverage the local, well-educated and a highly skilled linguist community to deliver the company’s high quality language services.

Pune is also a base for many of the world’s largest automotive companies such as Volkswagen, Land Rover, and Mercedes Benz. As a specialist language service provider in the automotive sector, thebigword has translated over 13 million words into 46 languages in the last three years alone in this sector.

Nihat Arkan, Chief Executive Officer at thebigword, said: “India is one of the world’s most vibrant and diverse regions, and our expansion there is a strategic priority for the growth of thebigword in the APAC region, and is fully in line with our ambitious global strategy.”

Nilesh Dorik, Country Manager in India, said: “Opening our new office in Pune is a really exciting opportunity for us to expand in the APAC, benefiting from a talented team of experienced staff who will help us deliver value to our customers.

The team we have built combines dynamic varied background with fantastic industry experience, which will make India a critical player in realising thebigword’s larger vision of making the world smaller, and breaking language barriers across the globe.”

Mark Daley, Chief Operating Officer at thebigword, said: “We have chosen Pune as our base in India to benefit from the growing pool of academics and highly educated language professionals based in the city. This will inevitably ensure that thebigword provides the best quality service to our growing client base around the globe.”

In addition to the new centre, thebigword has also partnered with global IT Solutions Company and digital transformation expert, Techwave, to open a Digital Centre of Excellence in Hyderabad, India. This partnership has accelerated thebigword’s Digital Transformation, maximizing value added activities and reducing waste within the process.

thebigword is recruiting for various roles such as Localisation Engineers, Interpreting Coordinators and Compliance Administrators.