Aql, founded in 1998, is a Leeds-based, Ofcom-regulated telecommunications operator.

The company provides mobile messaging, internet-based telephony and fibre and wireless leased lines. Their clients include Boots, Leeds Bradford Airport, and the Metropolitan Police.

CEO and founder Adam Beaumont is also a board member at Leeds-based not-for-profit investor network NorthInvest.

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