The aql story
FinTech North returns to aql HQ for third year
Following its successful first two years, FinTech North returns to aql HQ for its third annual conference as part of Leeds Digital Festival. aql has supported, and hosted, FinTech North since its inception. The event aims to spur collaboration within the financial services and technology community and to generate tangible economic benefits for the region.
aql announces plan to bring ‘super-connected’ self-driving PODs to Leeds
aql, Gulf Oil and a consortium of partners announce plans to trial self-driving PODs in Leeds City Centre later this year. The ‘super-connected’ PODs will be deployed in a controlled environment on the South Bank and aql will be conducting real-world testing of newly-developed software systems.
aql and NorthInvest bring jet pack inventor to Leeds
aql and NorthInvest bring British aeronautic pioneers Gravity Industries and its founder and Chief Test Pilot, Richard Browning, to Leeds Digital Festival to showcase continued leaps in human flight technology by flying their latest jet suit.
Opening of Estonian Consulate
The Estonian Consulate to the North of England and the Isle of Man is officially by the Estonian Ambassador and the Lord Mayor of Leeds, during Leeds Digital Festival, at aql’s historic HQ. Adam is named Honorary Consul of Estonia to the Northern Powerhouse.
aql CEO joins UK5G advisory board
In this role, Beaumont will provide advice, guidance and support for the aims and goals of the innovation network as well as providing impartial, industry-focused advice to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on its future plans for 5G.
aql CEO represents region at MIPIM
aql founder and CEO Prof. Adam Beaumont is in Cannes, France as part of Leeds City Region’s largest-ever delegation to MIPIM, the world’s leading property market. Beaumont was there in his capacity as a board member of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and a representative of the Northern Powerhouse to highlight the strength, success and ambition of the UK’s largest city region outside London and the South East to international investors.
Transport for the North’s Strategic Transport Plan launches at aql HQ
Adam helps launch Transport for the North’s Strategic Transport Plan to transform transportation in the North of England over the next 30 years.
Last year, Adam was awarded a visiting professorship in cyber security at the University of Leeds in recognition of his work in cyber and defence. In this role, he’s striving to create cyber capabilities within the next generation of the workforce. He previously completed his PhD in physical chemistry at the University; served for three years as the department’s youngest lecturer; and worked in secure mobile communications for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, part of the Ministry of Defence, where he helped build the military’s first cyber teams.
Adam Beaumont leads First Northern Powerhouse trade mission
Adam leads a delegation of Northern business leaders on the first Northern Powerhouse trade mission, to San Francisco.
Inaugural Northern Powerhouse Partnership report launches
Osborne returned to Salem Chapel in February 2017 with Lord Jim O’Neill to launch the inaugural Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) report.
Following a series of trips to Estonia, Adam helps found TechLink, a UK-Estonia technical collaboration platform that has led to numerous collaborations between companies and start-ups in two countries.
aql buys BlueWave
aql purchases Isle of Man-based BlueWave Communications following the death of its founder, Stuart Baggs (a former contestant on The Apprentice).
Birth of NorthInvest
In 2015, Adam identified a need to give tech startups better access to funding and created NorthInvest – a not-for-profit mutual which brings together angel investors and entrepreneurs across the North.
Northern Powerhouse concept launches at aql HQ
aql’s HQ, the historic Salem Chapel, hosts then-Prime Minister David Cameron and then-Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne for talks as part of the government’s plan to improve the Northern economy. The “Northern Powerhouse” concept is launched following this event.
aql acquires South Point site for data centre
aql buys a 57,000 sq ft former council building located at South Point, Leeds with plans to convert the site into another data centre.
aql goes big in education
By 2012, aql has become the main regional hub for many of the large national fibre networks and is the main northern gateway for the UK academic network, known as “Janet”.
By 2009, he’d built aql’s first datacentre within this building and co-founded IXLeeds, the UK’s first mutual, not-for-profit internet exchange outside London.
Discovery of Salem Chapel
In 2008, driven by the need to increase the resilience of aql’s services, he looked to establish a physical site to allow aql’s services to become independent of the datacentres in London. At that time, all networks interconnected in the capital and to the two UK internet exchanges based there. Adam identified a building in the correct location in Leeds – an old chapel sat at the convergence of the many UK fibre networks.
Landline messaging hub
Adam sets up the UK’s main landline messaging hub.
Mobile business WiFi voice service launches
Adam combines his experience in messaging and telephony to create the first business mobile WiFi voice service.