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We’re excited to be part of the Big Bang Fair North West – a game-changing event for young people to encourage participation in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)

Coordinated by the team from All About STEM, The Big Bang Fair North West is a celebration for school children and part of a programme led by EngineeringUK. Big Bang events enable young people to discover the exciting and rewarding STEM based careers available in their local area via fun, interactive activities.

Along with all of the amazing stands, shows and exhibits, The Big Bang North West hosts the regional finals of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition and Evoke are excited to announce that we are sponsoring the award for experimentation at this year’s event

Speaking from our HQ this week, our CTO Dean Ward said: “As a design and manufacturing business we see the vital role STEM plays in education and there is no better way to inspire and excite the next generation than through fantastic events like The Big Bang North West. We are delighted to sponsor the Experimentation Award at this year’s event. The ability to try things out plays a huge role within our business as we are constantly developing and integrating brand new and emerging technologies for our customers. We encourage our team to stay curious and at our new HQ we’re building a culture of experimentation”.

In addition to sponsoring the award, we are hoping this will be the start of an ongoing relationship with the team at All About STEM, ensuring that the next generation of designers and engineers are encouraged and given the skills for an exciting career. Find out about All About Stem here

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.”

Insider Media have found out our secret – we’re one of the most exciting companies in the North West!

We already knew it, of course, but Insider Media have this week named Evoke Creative as one of the 50 most exciting companies in the North West.

Featured in this month’s print edition of Insider magazine, the list includes a broad range of companies specialising in technology, fashion, nutrition, manufacturing and banking amongst others.

The magazine assembled a panel of experts to determine the shining lights of the North West’s business world who are set to make a big impression in the next ten years.

2018 really is shaping up to be our most exciting year yet. With our recent move to a brand new HQ, continued growth and recruitment of the best design and manufacturing talent, and a number of awards nominations, we’re confident we can live up to the title!

We’re delighted to be featured, celebrating the innovation and investment that we’re bringing to the region. Congratulations to all of the featured companies – it’s great to see so many local businesses doing interesting things. Read more or subscribe to the magazine here 

Evoke Creative shortlisted for regional Made in the North West awards for third year running

We are very excited to reveal that Evoke Creative have been shortlisted for a prestigious Made in the North West Award for the third year in a row.  For 2018 it’s our new software and UX offer that has caught the judges eye, coupled with our continued growth and commitment to the region by investing in a brand new HQ on the Wirral.

Our track record in these awards is perfect, winning both the regional Made in the North West and national Made in the UK titles in both 2016 and 2017 so we’re hoping for a hat trick this year. Read more about the awards and see the full shortlist here and watch this space for the results next month!

On Saturday 7 April, Team Evoke took on their latest challenge for our nominated company charity Claire House. Quickstepping completely out of their comfort zone, five of our staff took to the stage to perform a group routine to “(I’ve had) The time of my life”.

Claire House Does Strictly is one of the charity’s big fundraising events and attracts participants from companies across the region. Our team have raised nearly £2000 and counting for this very important cause.

With minimal previous dance experience, our team worked with a professional dancer for six hour-long sessions the learn the routine in the build up to the event.

Our team comprised Dave, Claire, Fay, Dianne and Paul who all gave up their own time to train and participate in the event while encouraging colleagues, friends and family to donate. At least two of the team have caught the dance bug and have plans to continue to learn after their success on Saturday.

Support the team or find out more about our charity efforts here