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  • Status: Current
  • Date: 2021
  • Sector:
    • Business & Technology Services

www.aquaq.co.uk/

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AquaQ Analytics

AquaQ Analytics is a successful specialist data analytics and data science services business supporting global financial institutions. Sovereign has partnered with the management team to further grow the company’s international presence and develop its range of services.

Investment Background

AquaQ was established in 2011 by Ronan Pairceir and James Bradley. With extensive industry experience behind them, they wanted to build a business that could provide clients with high-quality data analytics and technical expertise. In the years that followed, the business experienced fast yet solid growth, without compromise to quality. Keen to further scale and develop AquaQ's services, the founders wanted an investor that understood their business, their market and had a proven track-record of supporting strategic growth.
Over a period of three years, Sovereign followed the business and were keen to invest. In 2021, an investment was agreed and Sovereign backed the management team and their ambitions for the business.

Value Creation

  • At investment, Guy Warren, a proven executive in financial services technology and services, joined the business as Non-Executive Chair. Guy is CEO of technology business ITRS, a former NED of White Clarke Group, ex-COO of FTSE Group and EVP of Misys Banking.

The Story So Far

Headquartered in Belfast, Northern Ireland, AquaQ has offices in the USA, Singapore and Hong Kong. The business employs over 180 staff, which includes its team of highly skilled and qualified consultants.

The business has significant expertise in helping its clients optimise, develop and maintain their database technologies and take advantage of advanced data and analytics. AquaQ, which enjoys long-term relationships with a number of leading financial institutions, also has its own proprietary suite of software tools, TorQ.

AquaQ’s consulting services include:

- Kdb+ and Big Data: AquaQ has significant expertise in helping its clients optimise, develop and maintain their database technologies and take advantage of advanced data and analytics;

- Data Science: including data aggregation and AI;

- Software Development: including implementation, engineering and development, training and ongoing maintenance/support; and

- Project Management: in data analytics and other technical areas.

Sovereign has partnered with the management team to further grow the company’s international presence and develop its range of services.


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CO-FOUNDER'S PERSPECTIVE

The market has rapidly developed in the last few years and continues to evolve at pace. By further developing and diversifying our data analytics and data science services offering, we will be able to provide clients with an even greater breadth and depth of bespoke and robust solutions to meet their needs. We believe Sovereign is the right investment partner for us to deliver our ambitions for the business, our team and the clients we serve.

Ronan Pairceir / CEO and Co-Founder / AquaQ