The aql story

2019
September 1

2019
aql raises the bar and sets digital challenge to Leeds

aql CEO and Founder Professor Adam Beaumont has thrown down the gauntlet to digital businesses in Leeds by challenging them to make a series of commitments to help young people in the city have better access to digital education and work experience.
July 23

2019
Shaping Tomorrow’s City, Today

CEO & Founder, Professor Adam Beaumont welcomed the Lord Mayor of London, Peter Estling, to the aql headquarters to discuss economic growth across the Northern Powerhouse and the ecosystem outside of London. He welcomed him not only on behalf of Leeds, but also on behalf of the Republic of Estonia, as Hon Consul. The Lord Mayor visited Leeds to meet with a range of key stakeholders from the public and private sectors, including financial and professional businesses.
July 1

2019
aql opens the doors for the Department of Trade and Industry

aql’s historic Salem Chapel HQ played host to an innovative and impactful ‘Selling Online’ conference for the DTI in July 2019 highlighting the opportunities that selling online provides companies looking to grow their international sales rapidly by tapping into new markets.
2018
November 7

2018
aql hosts Northern Powerhouse fintech showcase.

aql to host Northern Powerhouse fintech showcase
Fintech delegates from the Nordic and Baltic regions visited aql’s historic HQ in Leeds on 7th November as part of the Northern Powerhouse’s ‘International FinTech Showcase’. The three-day trade mission incorporated trips to Manchester and Liverpool, showcasing the North’s position as the best place to enter the UK marketplace.
July 10

2018
aql CEO named Director of the Year for Innovation.

aql CEO named Director of the Year for Innovation
Prof. Adam Beaumont, founder and CEO of aql and NorthInvest, has been named Director of the Year for Innovation by the Institute of Directors for Yorkshire. This is the second IOD award in as many years for Beaumont, who was named International Director of the Year in 2017.
June 27

2018
aql CEO featured in new book on Leeds innovation.

aql CEO featured in new book on Leeds innovation
Prof. Adam Beaumont, founder and CEO of both aql and investment platform NorthInvest, is featured in a new book that explores the history of innovation in Leeds. Written by urban geographer Rachael Unsworth and local historian Steve Burt and funded by more than £53,000 from local businesses and organisations.
June 14

2018
aql strikes five-year sponsorship deal with Cowes Week.

aql strikes five-year sponsorship deal with Lendy Cowes Week
aql is delighted to announce a five-year sponsorship deal with Cowes Week Ltd, organiser of the world’s best-known sailing regatta – a highlight of the British sporting summer. aql dipped its toe in the water last year as the Official Communications Sponsor of Cowes Week.
May 7

2018
aql hosts ‘Astronauts wanted’.

image: Astronauts wanted at aql hq
Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman CMG OBE, and the CEO and Co-Founder of Mars One, Bas Lansdorp, compered by BBC presenter Dallas Campbell, took to the stage for ‘Astronaut wanted, no experience necessary’ as part of Leeds International Festival.
April 26

2018
FinTech North returns to aql HQ for third year.

aql to host Northern Powerhouse fintech showcase
FinTech North returns to aql HQ for third annual conference Following its successful first two years, FinTech North will return to aql HQ next week for its third annual conference as part of Leeds Digital Festival. aql has supported, and hosted, FinTech North since its inception.
April 26

2018
aql announces plan to bring ‘super-connected’ self-driving PODs to Leeds.

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aql, Gulf Oil and a consortium of partners today announced plans to trial self-driving PODs in Leeds City Centre later this year.