Welcome

thebigword makes the world a smaller place by breaking down language barriers, supporting global trade and helping people access goods, commerce and services in their own languages.

We provide the best translation, interpretation, localisation and language technology solutions for businesses, the public sector and individuals – handling up to 50,000 worldwide assignments every day.

We’re a truly global business with a ‘think global, act local’ approach – empowering our customers to communicate clearly with speakers of all languages.

To us, a first class service means meeting every client’s cost, quality and delivery expectations every time. We achieve this through innovative language technology, expert operational teams and a talented network of 15,000 linguists.

As the world gets smaller, the need for language services grows. thebigword has the right solutions, expertise and people to deliver every single time.

Previously known as the Link Up Group, thebigword was founded in 1980 by our CEO, Larry Gould, and soon established itself as a leading recruitment and Language Service Provider (LSP). The sale of our recruitment division, in 1996, enabled us to focus solely on becoming a world-class LSP.

Since then, the company has grown into a truly global company – with 12 offices across the world and 600 staff. We are proud to be rated as one of the top 20 global language companies.

As we’ve grown, we’ve supported companies to deliver products to new markets; we’ve helped peacekeeping forces diffuse conflicts in war zones and we’ve supported patients and doctors at some of the most difficult and stressful times – helping to take some of the worry away.

Making the world smaller. Enabling everyone to access services and trade by breaking the language barrier.

Giving everyone the power to communicate without language barriers. Spreading your message, anywhere, any language, anyhow.

People

We are a vibrant, diverse and multicultural team, across continents worldwide. We are experts in our field and understand the wider responsibility, influence and impact of our work within the team.

Productivity

We take our quality and performance seriously, and ensure our expertly trained team, network of linguists and advanced technology are producing world class value for our clients.

Passion

We are passionate professionals, we love what we do and truly believe in the power of breaking down barriers to connect, inspire and educate.

Portfolio

We are committed to designing and developing the world’s most innovative tools and solutions for the global languages market.

Partnership

We work in close partnership with our linguist community, service and technology partners, taking time to listen and collaborate on service provision and new technological advances.

Board of Directors

Larry Gould

Chairman

Nihat Arkan

Global CEO

Michele Gould

Director and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility

Joshua Gould

CEO TBW Global

Garry Levitt

Chief Revenue Officer

Leanne Bottomley

Director of Global HR

Mark Daley

Chief Operating Officer

Mark Rice

Chief Information Officer

Company timeline

thebigword is born

thebigword achieves “Investors in People” certification.

Investment in technology and web content translation

thebigword brand launches with global expansion into the USA, Japan, China and Germany

Ranked in the top 10 translation companies worldwide

Recognised as the fastest growing language company in the world

thebigword employs over 450 staff worldwide and revenue exceeds £40m

Ranked 85th in The Sunday Times International Fast Track 100

World first! Online bookings can now be automated from end-to-end courtesy of thebigword’s newly released Interpreting Management System.

Awarded a Bronze Stevie American Business Award for Most Innovative Company of the Year

thebigword opens its Defence and Justice division securing a major framework agreement with the MoD

Awarded a Gold Stevie American Business Award for Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year

thebigword receives Non Article 5 NATO Medal for our work in Afghanistan and Iraq through the MoD

thebigword releases its new translation management system, thebigword TMS

thebigword signs contract to provide Interpreting and Translation services to the Ministry of Justice

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Larry Gould

Chairman


The embodiment of true entrepreneurialism, Larry Gould has grown thebigword brand from start-up to leading language technology business, now trusted by more than 80% of the top 100 global brands and organisations. His enthusiasm for the business, and its people, is a key driving force behind the evolution of thebigword as the number one choice for language solutions.

“We believe that being able to speak and read in your customer’s language will soon be taken as the norm.”

Nihat Arkan

Global CEO


 

Nihat Arkan is a global executive with a strong background in global expansion, market development and a proven track record in guiding organisations through periods of accelerated growth. Before joining thebigword, Nihat was CEO of the world’s largest global content management company.

Nihat is leading a programme of new investment in technology and talent to support thebigword’s growth aspirations in key areas.

“I am delighted to be part of a global organisation with very sound business foundation and aspirations to become world leader leveraging our global network for strategic and business expansion.”

Michele Gould

Director and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility


Michele heads up the company’s CSR committee, which is preparing thebigword for the long term by balancing social, environmental and economic considerations against key business decisions.

“We’re proud of our work around the globe and want to ensure our company is fully engaged with its committed staff and the communities we serve.”

Joshua Gould

CEO TBW Global


Joshua Gould has worked as an entrepreneur and senior executive in the Defense and Government services sector for almost two decades. Mr. Gould co-founded TBW Global in 2012 and has led the business ever since overseeing it from inception to our current workforce of over 700 people.

He has extensive experience working with the US Department of Defense, the UK Ministry of Defence, Homeland Security and many NATO governments. Mr. Gould was previously CEO of thebigword Inc and CCO of thebigword Group, and today he is still a board member of thebigword Holding company and has board positions in Connect Earth Inc (a learning technology business) and Blow Fish Inc(a linguist training business).

Under Josh’s direction and leadership, TBW Global supports a wide range of non-profit and civic organizations, including British American Business, the Allied Forces Foundation, and AIM a charity for the families of those injured or killed in Afghanistan.

“Our clients are helping to drive fantastic technological innovation within thebigword and the industry. I’m focused on delivering a viable, future-facing commercial strategy, which delivers the solutions our clients are looking for.”

Garry Levitt

Chief Revenue Officer


Garry Levitt joined thebigword in 2018 as Global Chief Revenue Officer.

With international experience in leadership positions in the customer experience, globalisation and localisation sectors and particularly strong expertise in multilingual content services and technologies, Garry spearheads the group’s global growth and customer success programme.

“thebigword is a highly innovative and successful company with great customers, talent and technology. I’m passionate about all three and am excited by the opportunity to contribute my experience and expertise to thebigword’s Board, its customers and employees.”

Leanne Bottomley

Director of Global HR


Leanne is a senior HR specialist, with a wealth of expertise in learning & development, management development and leadership. With more than ten years’ private sector experience at director/ management level, she champions our Global People Agenda and leads on all aspects of HR covering: employment relations; talent and leadership development; recruitment; commercial training; apprenticeships; and employee engagement.

“I believe that our people are our biggest asset. I’m passionate about empowering them to develop their skills and abilities to truly succeed in their careers with us.”

Mark Daley

Chief Operating Officer


Responsible for the design and delivery of our global client experience strategy, Mark ensures our translation and interpreting operations run smoothly and efficiently.

“I’m passionate about ensuring we deliver a world class service to our clients around-the-clock. With a combination of talent and specialist technology, we can work flexibly with our clients to provide irresistible solutions.”

Mark Rice

Chief Information Officer


With almost two decades experience leading commercial and technology departments for national and multi-national companies; Mark leads thebigword’s technology team.

Mark is passionate about driving innovation forward throughout the business with products designed for a new digital future in order to provide clients with the most efficient technical solutions. 

“I’m proud to lead thebigword’s innovative technology department which continues to develop market leading technology”

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