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From Charitable Organisation to the Largest Interpreting Company in the World


Agreement by Teleperformance to Acquire LanguageLine Solutions.
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LanguageLine’s UK operation is part of the worldwide LanguageLine Solutions group with global headquarters in California and European headquarters in London. The UK business was first established as a charitable project in April 1990 by the late Lord Young of Dartington, founder of the Open University and the Consumers’ Association.

Telephone interpreting was initially developed as an innovative solution to enable organisations to communicate effectively with everyone, regardless of their language. Initially covering just four languages, LanguageLine Solutions was first set up to enable communication between patients and staff at the Royal London Hospital in East London. The local police force on the Isle of Dogs soon requested 24 hour coverage in 16 languages.

LanguageLine Solutions telephone interpreting and translation services grew rapidly throughout the 1990s, introducing a market-leading face-to-face interpreting service, and the company is now part of the largest interpreting company worldwide providing over 200 languages.

On September 16, 2016, LanguageLine Solutions was acquired by Teleperformance, the worldwide leader in outsourced omnichannel customer experience management. Teleperformance has stated that LanguageLine will continue to operate as a stand-alone business. 

LanguageLine Solutions continues its focus on quality, setting industry standards, and continued innovation. You can rely on LanguageLine Solutions to provide the highest quality Interpreters and translators for you and your clients at any time.

For more information on how LanguageLine Solutions can help you to communicate successfully, please call us on 0800 169 2879.