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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 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 or for details on how to book a table at the final ceremony to support us! Watch this pace for news of the ceremony next month.

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!

Taking place at London’s Excel centre on 25 and 26 September 2018, the Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo is the one stop shop for industry updates and the latest in digital technology.

The show promises to help restauranteurs and takeaways 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.

We are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at the show, taking a stand to allow us to engage with clients and customers and launch a range of brand new products.

Watch this space for details of our exciting new product range.

Leading budget-friendly hotel chain Travelodge launch their new “Plus” concept with chic styling and added technology

Launching at a number of UK locations this summer, Travelodge’s new hotel concept, aimed at “the budget traveller who wants that little bit more style and choice”, features our self check-in kiosks, designed, manufactured and installed by our team.

We have also designed and integrated the user interface on the devices, designing a bespoke program to allow customers to check in quickly and easily.

Our kiosks are already in operation at a number of Travelodge’s London sites and the brand-new £95m hotel in central London is the next to utilise this innovative solution.

To read more about Travelodge’s digital transformation, take a look at our case study or see the full review here

Take a look inside our HQ building in Bromborough, Wirral

One of the best things about our new HQ is being able to share it with colleagues, friends, family, clients, suppliers and business contacts. For anyone who can’t get over to see us, we’ve put together a video preview!

Evoke HQ in Bromborough, Wirral is our new company premises. At the purpose-built Power Station Business Park, completed in late 2017, we now have four units – housing our offices, showroom, warehouse, factory and a range of flexible social and meeting spaces. When we started looking for our new premises, we had an idea of the location we needed to stay in (transport links and the majority of our staff living locally were key contributors) and also a clear vision for the type of space we’d need to combine the efficient manufacture of our products with the design-led thinking that we are known for.

As our 5th premises move in 15 years to support our exponential growth, we wanted to make this move our last for a while. We designed a space that could continue to grow with the business, at a scale to support our ambitions. Unlike a design-only consultancy, our space had to combine the practicalities of large-scale warehousing and manufacturing with 35 staff on the factory floor and office accommodation for 44 and counting.

We moved into our new spaces in January 2018 having spent over a year designing and planning how we wanted our organization to work within the building which was under construction by Redsun Developments. From an empty shell, we configured the layout and complete interior design ourselves, working with the architect, contractors and developers to create the ideal structure for how we wanted to work including mezzanines, a bespoke staircase and a range of spaces for offices, meetings and communal areas. We were hands-on throughout the project, building some of the fixtures ourselves and doing plenty of heavy lifting!

Our day job is designing and manufacturing world leading digital solutions for well known global brands, but our new building lets us be more than that. We’re developing new software, trying out new ideas and becoming a company that people aspire to work for.

In our new HQ, our staff have more space around their desks, opportunities to work in our social spaces and a range of project and R&D areas where they can research, plan and experiment. Just in time for the heatwave, we also set up an “evoke green” – a large outdoor space with seats, games and a communal BBQ. Planned as a break-out space, we’ve also noticed team meetings and one to ones taking place there as well.

Evoke Creative continue to expand at Wirral HQ with additional manufacturing, social and outdoor spaces

North West-based technology firm Evoke Creative have secured an additional two units at their Power Station Business Park home on Thermal Road, Bromborough. Having only just moved into their purpose-designed new HQ, the company are continuing to grow at a remarkable rate and needed additional warehouse and R&D space to help to meet customer demand for their world-leading products.

Evoke, who celebrate 15 years in business this year, design and manufacture interactive digital technology which is used in store by McDonald’s, JD Sports, Tesco and Debenhams amongst others.

With 75 staff and counting, turnover has increased by 60% in the last 12 months, with similar growth projected for this year too.

Moving from premises at Apex Court, one mile away, in early 2018, Evoke had barely settled in before taking the opportunity to expand further.

The decision to take additional space at the Redsun-built business park at Power Station in Bromborough, came with a requirement for more manufacturing and R&D space to accommodate customer orders and adds 12,500sqft to the existing 40,000sqft at Evoke HQ.

Recently listed by Insider Media as one of the most exciting companies in the North West, evoke have a lot to live up to. Co-Founders Neil Clark and Dean Ward were heavily involved in the design and layout of the new HQ, taking a keen interest in configuring the finish of the new offices, with attention to detail across the whole site including custom murals on the walls, neon signs, top of the range kitchen facilities and the server cabinet in a replica phone box.

Clark explained: “It’s important to us that our working environment is as dynamic and innovative as our products. The move to our new HQ in early 2018 was prompted by an increased demand for our products and the resulting need for more manufacturing and warehousing space, but we also wanted to ensure that Evoke is a great place to work and we see the new offices and social spaces as key to this. Taking on additional units mean that we can continue to expand at a sustainable rate while ensuring that we have enough room to fuel creativity and streamline processes.“

Staff wellbeing is also top of the priority list for the team, with a number of social spaces including a games room and open plan dining area. This week the company have also unveiled the “evoke green” – an outside space for break and lunch times with bean bags, outdoor games and the beginnings of a garden – just in time for the summer heatwave!

Evoke staff took charity fundraising to a new level this weekend with two of our finest completing tandem skydives

Design Engineer Gavin and Buyer Dianne took to the skies at Talstock Airfield in Shropshire on Saturday and completed a skydive to raise funds for local hospice Claire House

It was the first time either had done a skydive but with a hearty breakfast eaten and a full safety briefing completed, the two had no qualms about completing the jump.  The total raised so far is an incredible £1060 from friends, family and supporters – add your support here

This recent fundraising activity has taken the evoke team total to nearly £5000, smashing the company target to raise £4000 by September. Witha additional efforts including BBQs, cake sales and taking part in Claire Hosue does Strictly Come Dancing, staff have really taken the charity to their hearts and made a huge amount of effort.

Donations are still invited through our JustGiving page.