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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.

World cup win for fundraising team

Evoke added an additional £250 to their fundraising pot for local charity Claire House at a world cup screening last night

Staff, friends and family were invited to evoke HQ to watch the first England football match of the tournament. Food and drink were provided with donations invited for our nominated charity Claire House. Our resident BBQ expert Dave King cooked up hot food and other members of our team oversaw drinks and dessert.

The event was a great opportunity to watch the match on the big screen that we have set up especially for the tournament to allow staff to keep up with scores during working hours. The donations will go towards our grand total for Claire House and boosts the total required for our intrepid sky dive team Gavin and Dianne who take to the skies this weekend.

For more information about Claire House or our fundraising efforts please click here.

Evoke’s CTO joins the panel at this Business Cloud event in June to look at how Liverpool City Region can support the business sector’s skills needs

Recruitment and retention are a top priority for evoke as we invest and grow at our new Wirral HQ, and staff development and training are high on our agenda. In our experience, there still exists a gap between the skills that school and university leavers have, and what we need to help our business continue to grow. We know that tackling the skills gap and securing a talent pipeline is critical for future success.

Through our existing partnerships with Liverpool, Chester and Staffordshire universities, we have been developing our own pipeline of hardware design talent for a number of years, but as evoke grows and develops there are other areas of expertise where we need to recruit the best talent.

But whose job is it to make sure the universities are producing work-ready graduates and that the schools and colleges are encouraging apprenticeships?

Join evoke’s Dean Ward and a panel of business leaders and training providers from across the region at this event on Tuesday 19 June 2018. Click here to visit the event page and register.

The event will provide a unique opportunity for budget holders and decision makers in businesses to hear about Liverpool City Region’s Skills Strategy and the positive influence apprentices can have on their businesses.

Confirmed speakers:

– Sandra Kirkham, group managing director, Progress to Excellence Group
– Asif Hamid MBE, chairman of Liverpool City Region LEP
– Amanda Willis , group head of HR, Peel Ports
– Robyn Dooley , founder OH
– Dean Ward, founder & chief technical officer, Evoke Creative
– Jo Whittingham, senior professional tutor in accounting and finance, Liverpool Hope University
– Lewis Wooding, apprentice, Peel Ports
– Dr Edward Harcourt, pro vice-chancellor external engagement, Liverpool John Moores University
– Sally Shah, lead commissioner: place and investment, Wirral Council

Good luck to Knutsford Multi Academy Trust’s U15s on their tour to France this summer

The boys are heading to Paris to compete in a rugby tournament and we were delighted to have the opportunity to sponsor the Team’s kit along with Kukri Sports.

The academy is located in Cheshire, close to our HQ, and is one of the top performing state schools in the country. We wish the team every success on their trip and look forward to hearing about their adventures!

Partnership with Staffordshire University reveals future design talent

We’re delighted to announce that the winner of our annual competition in collaboration with Staffordshire University is Product Design student Georgia Duddridge. The collaboration forms part of our links with deign departments at a number of universities to cultivate and develop the next generation of design talent. The overall prize is the opportunity for a placement with our Design team over the summer.

Georgia designed a concept for a retail kiosk that will take in-store customisation to the next level. Our evoke judging panel Ben Jones and David King were so impressed with the idea that we hope to continue to develop it during Georgia’s 4-week placement with us at Evoke HQ

Product Designer David King said: “This year’s cohort were particularly talented and the ideas generated were all really strong. What we liked about Georgia was the way she struck the perfect balance between design, business and technology with an idea that had that little bit of magic.”