AQL buys company after death of Apprentice star

Adam Beaumont, founder and CEO of aql
X The Business Desk

Register for free to receive latest news stories direct to your inbox

AQL has bought the IT and telecoms business founded by former Apprentice star Stuart Baggs, who died suddenly in July.
Isle of Man-based BlueWave Communications was set up in 2007, and Mr Baggs reached the semi-final of the BBC show in 2010 becoming well-known for his catchphrases.
BlueWave has a customer base of several thousand subscribers and operates a fixed and wireless broadband service, and has recently rolled out 4G broadband services. 
Mr Baggs and his company had worked closely with AQL as a customer and partner and had collaborated on several projects with aql’s development teams.
Dr Adam Beaumont, chief executive of AQL, said: “I’ve known Stuart for nearly a decade and I’ve seen his hard work and commitment build up a business with a great deal of respect and goodwill within the local community.
“These values are strong within aql and I felt that we wanted to make sure that the staff and customers of BlueWave would continue, along with the BlueWave brand.”
The business has been acquired as a going concern and will continue to be managed locally.
Dr Beaumont added: “For now, it’s about stabilisation – making sure we understand the systems, customers and building in resilience. Once we have developed a robust platform, we’ll continue BlueWave’s rollout across the Island, along with expansion into other service areas. The guys in Douglas now have a much bigger team behind them.”