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On 29 November 2018 our Business Analyst Callum Hough took to the stage to deliver a stand up comedy routine as part of a fundraising event for our company charity of the year.

The Stand Up for Claire House initiative invited eight volunteers to learn and deliver a live routine to a room full of paying guests at the Claire House Comedy Awards in Liverpool. The group of would be comedians came from different backgrounds and adopted a wide range of comedy styles.

The event was a culmination of weeks preparation for the group, writing, learning and practicing their routines. Working with training company Laughology, who specialise in courses that use humour to help organisations and schools to reach their full potential, the group of volunteers participated in a series of workshops to develop their skills and refine their act in the build up to the big night.

Drawing on his own life and experiences, plus a few humorous snapshots of life at evoke HQ, Callum delivered 5 minutes of comedy gold for the eager audience. With a modest amount of experience, having tried out stand up a couple of times, Callum took himself out of his comfort zone to learn a new skill and raise money for a very worthy cause.

Claire House Children’s Hospice is our company charity of the year and we’ve set an ambitious target to reach. Callum’s event kicked off our fundraising for this year and raised an admirable £300, with the event raising almost £5000 for the charity overall.

Located close to evoke HQ on the Wirral, Claire House has been offering support and care for dying children for the past 20 years. More families are relying on Claire House than ever before and they can no longer cope with demand. In 2018, the hospice has launched a fundraising campaign to fund a new centre in Liverpool to increase the care on offer for families and help reach more children.

We have seen first hand the incredible work the team at Claire House do and have committed to help in any way we can. Please add your support here.

Since November last year evoke staff, family and friends have raised over £7000 for our local children’s hospice, Claire House.

Over the past 12 months, team evoke have undertaken an incredible range of challenges to raise funds for the charity, which is close to our hearts and makes an enormous difference to families across the region. Staff across the entire organisation participated in a range of ways and we smashed our original £4000 target in a matter of months.

Highlights this year include:

  • Fay, Claire, Dianne, Paul and Dave perform a Strictly Come Dancing routine in front of a live audience at a gala dinner
  • Gavin and Dianne’s Skydive from 10,000ft
  • Catherine, Kat, James, Dave and Macy the Dog running the Liverpool Santa Dash
  • Team evoke Great British Bake Off Sweep Cakes baking challenge with staff competition for the best bakes hotting up as the weeks passed
  • Dean and Andrew’s Hellrunner – the toughest half marathon!
  • Royal wedding afternoon tea and bonfire feast at evoke HQ
  • Andy, Chris, Dean, Andrew, Mark and Mike running the Wirral 10k
  • World cup BBQ
  • Sponsoring the Claire House Cup football tournament
  • Pancake Day treats
  • Christmas Raffle
  • Tuck shop providing sugary snacks to the workforce with profits going into our charity pot
  • Car park car wash throughout the summer

Overall we have raised a grand total of £7304 which, in real terms, can help to fund running costs of the hospice for just over a day.

We’re so proud of all of our staff for their efforts over the past 12 months which, as well as making a huge difference to the charity, have also brought the team together, enabled them to learn new skills, show off existing ones and step out of their comfort zone.

We’d like to thank Jessica and the team at Claire House who have worked with us every step to the way and organised an amazing number of events in a truly professional and effective way.

For 2018/19 we’ve taken the unprecedented decision to stick with Claire House as our nominated charity for another year. It’s going to be a busy 12 months for the charity as they’ve set themselves another ambitious goal to create an additional location in the region to help them to reach every dying child and we want to help any way that we can. You can read more about their campaign here.

To support our efforts or keep track of events check out our fundraising page. Read more about Claire House and their fundraising campaign here.

New investment demonstrates confidence in our expertise and lays a solid foundation for our further growth and expansion

We’re delighted to reveal today that we have secured a £6 million investment from BGF to support further growth in the UK and overseas.

The investment will enable us to upscale our business which designs and manufactures interactive digital solutions – including self-service kiosks, video walls, digital signage and payment terminals – to blue-chip customers in the retail and leisure sectors.

“We’re really happy to be partnering with BGF as we continue to scale up and win more contracts in the UK and overseas,” said our CEO Neil Clark. “We offer something different to other businesses in the market, creating bespoke products for our customers and working with them from initial concept to final implementation and aftercare.

Evoke was voted as one of the 50 fastest growing companies in the North at the Northern Tech Awards for the past three years and we have won numerous accolades including Made in the North West Awards, Regional business awards and this year made the final of Inspired Spaces North and the Digital Entrepreneur Awards.

Mark Mills, former CEO of Cardpoint and NXC of Velocity Composites and Mini-Cam, has been appointed as our non-executive chairman following an introduction through BGF’s Talent Network, which connects portfolio companies with expertise to help support growth.

Matt Widdall, an investor at BGF, said: “Evoke has demonstrated impressive international growth over the past few years, particularly with changing market requirements, and we’re delighted to be partnering with a fantastic, experienced team to achieve their ambitious growth plans. Their ability to be an end-to-end digital partner for customers and provide custom-built products assembled on site puts them head and shoulders above their competitors and we’re excited to support them as they take on more opportunities in the rapidly expanding UK and international digital solutions market.”

Last week our Co-Founder and CTO Dean was revealed as one of Grant Thornton’s Faces of a Vibrant Economy for 2018

Grant Thornton’s Face of a Vibrant Economy initiative highlights leaders who inspire by example and show how better business can be done. As part of Grant Thornton’s commitment to shaping a vibrant economy in the UK, each year the firm identifies and brings together 100 progressive leaders across private, public and third sectors.

Dean and co-founder Neil Clark say UK businesses need to work together for the country to achieve its potential. Putting words into action, Evoke Creative encourages an ideas-rich, collaborative culture within and between businesses, running its own internship scheme in partnership with several universities and hosting regular ‘Innovation Days’ at its offices where new ideas are birthed, developed and shared.

You can see the full list on Grant Thornton’s dedicated website and read more about our Founders on the Blog

This most recent accolade joins our finalist places on both the Digital Entrepreneur Awards and the Inspired Spaces North competition, making November 2018 our most awarded month ever!

Wirral STEM Partnership for Girls Challenge Day. Supported by Evoke Creative and Birkenhead High School Academy

We’re partnering with schools across Wirral to deliver a STEM challenge day for pupils in Year 9.  Wirral STEM Partnership have invited pupils from the six girls’ schools in the region for a full day of design and creativity, learning skills including innovation, teamwork and leadership.

The six girls’ schools in Wirral have united to work towards a range of objectives including improving the teaching of science and design and technology, and developing relationships with STEM-related organisations. It’s a funded two-year project but it is hoped the relationships will continue beyond this.

The event takes place on Friday 16 November and will be hosted by our Evoke Creative design and software teams along with teachers and STEM ambassadors. Our team will set the brief and support the pupils to prepare their projects to present at the end of the day. Each school will bring two teams of five to take part making this a big event for the region.

As well as an overall winning team which will be chosen by the judges, pupils have the opportunity to win individual prizes for innovation, teamwork and leadership.

We’re excited to see what the pupils come up with!

Evoke Shortlisted for National Digital Awards

We’re excited to announce that we’ve been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2018 Digital Entrepreneur Awards (DEAs). The DEAs are the only national awards dedicated to championing digital entrepreneurialism and innovation across the UK and we’ve made it to the final round of the Medium/Large digital business of the year category.

The awards, now in their 14th year, cover categories relating to all elements of today’s online business ecosystem – from leadership to forward-thinking development and cutting-edge creative. Previous winners of the awards span a range of sectors, from retail giants like Sainsbury’s and Mothercare to smaller, more agile digital specialists like Social Chain and Clicky Media.

We’re especially pleased to feature on the shortlist for these awards, recognising our digital and creative side in addition to previous accolades for manufacturing and innovation.

On the judging panel are Jacqueline de Rojas, president of techUK and chair of the Digital Leaders Board; Heather Waters, enterprise manager at NatWest; Vikas Shah, CEO of Swiscot Group; Susie Ma, founder and CEO of Tropic Skincare; Naomi Timperley, co-founder of Tech North Advocates and chair of Capital Pilot; and Jon Woodall, founder & managing director of Space 48.

Click here for a full list of finalists and watch this space for updates from the awards ceremony on 22nd November.

Evoke Creative shortlisted as one of the most inspired spaces in the North to work in – vote for us now!

We’re delighted to have made the shortlist for Prolific North and Active Profile’s annual competition to find the most inspired workplaces in the region.

Our brand new purpose-designed HQ has made the list of 22 workplaces, whittled down from all of the entries submitted earlier this year. All 22 are now put to a public vote to choose the final top ten. The public vote will count for 50% of the final scores, with the judges’ verdicts counting for the other 50%.  You can vote for just one entry and the voting closes at midnight on Friday 2nd November so make sure you choose us as your favourite! Voting is now open and we need your help.  Vote now

Evoke co-founder and Technical Director Dean Ward said on hearing about the shortlist “We are really excited to have made the list – the award for the most inspired space is really prestigious and it’s great to be recognised for the effort that we put into designing and fitting out evoke HQ over the past 18 months ready for our team to move into earlier this year. Plus we did it all ourselves – not an interior designer in sight!

“The idea of a dynamic workplace is often associated with cutting-edge design agencies who have neat offices and clever styling. We have created all of that, plus a state of the art factory and massive warehouse space, to house the core of our business which is manufacturing digital solutions.”

See all of the shortlisted spaces on Prolific North or take the evoke HQ tour

Evoke launch new products at Restaurant and Takeaway Innovation Expo

Evoke Creative are to showcase a brand new “off the shelf” range of hardware and software at this year’s Restaurant and Takeaway Innovation Expo at London’s Excel centre which takes place this week. Visitors to the show will have the opportunity to meet with the team and try out the new products for the first time.

Combining the cutting edge design and technology that evoke are known for into an adaptable range of products, the new touchscreen ordering kiosk and self service check out are modular designs which are customisable to match company style and branding. The machines can be used for a range of functions including self service ordering, store check out, customer check-in, personalisation and more.

The new range opens up the latest in digital technology to businesses who might not have the scale to undergo evoke’s full bespoke design service.

The kiosks can be powered by evoke’s own Core software technology which can handle payment and integrate with existing POS back end, and the front end user experience can be customised with company branding and colours.

Evoke’s Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer Neil Clark says that “We have seen a huge increase in demand for our products in the past few years, reflecting the success of our design and manufacturing and the brand recognition that comes with being a key supplier to the world’s biggest quick service restaurant brand.

“Working with McDonald’s and a number of other world-leading brands over the years has shown us that the demand is there for self-service and digital technologies and we are excited to be able to share this technology with a wider market. We want to make great design and effective automation available to other vendors and believe a standard product range with a wide range of customisable options is the very best option.”

Advantages of self-service:

  • Serve more customers
  • Free up staff to interact with customers and enhance experience
  • In depth reporting on demand and ordering trends
  • Increase personalisation options
  • Increase spend (more browse time and targeted ads)
  • Customer expectation – align with leading brands already using this technology
  • Reduce waste by cooking to order

Incorporating peripherals from well known suppliers, the touchscreen kiosks will be able to take payment, scan barcodes, print receipts and have the potential for additional functionality including a built in camera.

Evoke are looking to roll out the first standard units to sites by the end of the year and are also planning a range of other standard products to order in early 2019.

Evoke’s end to end process includes consultation, design, manufacture, installation and support to meet requirements, ensuring digital transformation and integration is as straightforward as possible.

Taking place on 25th and 26th September the Restaurant and Takeaway Innovation Expo promises to help restauranteurs and takeaway owners from across the globe to find all the tools they need to excel in the age of digital dining, revolutionize their offering, and transform the way they engage with their customers. With over 350 cutting-edge suppliers, 200 inspirational seminars, panel debates, countless networking opportunities and the Innovation Awards, the 2018 event has been designed to combat the challenges now facing restaurant and takeaway operators. Free tickets are available now from the organiser’s website.

Evoke sponsor local junior football team

We’re pleased to announce our sponsorship of our local junior football team, the Bromborough & Eastham Titans, who play close to our HQ on the Wirral.

The team kicked off the season in style wearing their evoke-branded kit and winning 4-0 against the West Kirby Panthers, congratulations guys!

We’re very happy to welcome back a familiar face to evoke HQ this month

Designer Philip Mawdsley (far right) joined us on a year in industry placement from Liverpool John Moores University last year, and has accepted a permanent role on our team now that he’s graduated.

Phil worked with us during his placement in 2016/17 on a number of high profile client projects and we knew straight away that he had something special. Phil returned to uni for his final year of Product Design Engineering in September 2017 and graduated top of his class this July.

After a short summer break, Phil has now re-joined the team and is getting stuck in to design and development work for clients, focusing on innovative hardware design and seamless integration.

Welcome back Phil!