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Team evoke friends and family welcomed to brand new HQ for our open house event

On Saturday 24 March we were excited to finally welcome our friends and family to talk a look around our stunning new HQ. We enjoyed fizz and pizza while showing off our factory, workspaces and extensive social areas. It was a great opportunity to demonstrate to our significant others what “design and manufacture of interactive digital solutions” really means and where we spend our days!

Guests also had chance to get their pictures taken with our interactive murals, kindly lent to us for the occasion by Graham Boyd who designed the originals which grace our walls.  Check out our facebook page to see more images or visit Absolutely Design for more details.

It was brilliant to see our families enjoying the space and meeting the next generation of team evoke. Lots of staff brought along their children and as often happens here at evoke HQ there was a puppy snuffling around.

Evoke rank in the top 50 fastest growing tech firms in the North of England for third year in a row

We are excited to have held our spot in the top 50 fastest growing tech firms in the north, ranging at number 46 in the GP Bullhound Northern Tech awards, announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh last night,

For the third year in a row we have held our position in the top 50, along with a number of other firms from the Liverpool City region, proving that the North West is a great place to innovate and build a business!

The Northern Tech Awards are now in their fifth year and Hugh Campbell, managing partner of GP Bullhound, struck an upbeat note about the health of the UK’s tech sector in 2017.

He said: “The UK technology sector continued to demonstrate its prominence across Europe, securing over $5.4 billion in VC funding – more than twice its nearest rivals in Germany and France.”

Data compiled by the technology advisory and investment firm showed that the 100 companies generated £4.5bn in 2017, more than double the 2016 figure of £1.9bn.

With average growth over the past three years above 40% and forecast growth of 70% over the past 12 months, evoke continues to thrive. Chief Technical Officer and co-founder Dean Ward said “Our top 50 ranking for a third year is testament to our commitment to sustainable growth and investment in our staff and facilities. Our move to our new purpose-built HQ earlier this year allows us more space and freedom to increase our manufacturing capacity and invest in R&D so we hope to be even higher up the list next year!”

Read more about the awards here

Look out Liverpool, there’s a new dance troupe on the scene!

Our fantastic charity team are in training for their next challenge – it’s Claire House does Strictly. On 7th April five of our best will be performing a group dance (with no previous dance experience, eek!) at a gala event hosted by the Titanic Hotel, Liverpool, in aid of local charity Claire House.

Fay, Dave, Dianne, Claire, and Paul will be strutting their stuff as part of a group dance to close the evenings festivities, performing a top-secret routine that they here in training for with Alex and Amy from Cadmans Dance School in Sale.

Lend your support here or book a ticket to go along on the night and see for yourselves!

https://www.clairehouse.org.uk/…/claire-house-does-strictly…

Leadership Club comes to evoke HQ

The Leadership Club is the quarterly networking meeting for members of the Leadership Team. Brought together by Hopkins & Ball, this quarters theme was leadership and took place this morning at Evoke’s brand new HQ in Bromborough.

Our Founder and Chief Technical Officer Dean Ward talked the attendees through Evoke’s exciting growth story and how the directors and management team have had to establish strong leadership through a period of intense change. Haydn Hansford from Torus IHC talked about his company and the challenges of leading a new housing group combining two successful and high performing North West social landlords: Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) and Helena Partnerships.

The attendees were then treated to breakfast and a tour of our brand new offices and factory. Our large social space adapted well to becoming an events space and we hope to host lots more industry and peer events going forward.

Annual partnership with Staffordshire University kicks off with visit to Evoke’s new HQ

 

We were excited to welcome this year’s cohort of students from Staffs Uni to our new HQ to kick off our design challenge. Each year a group of students from the University’s product design course work with our design team to come up with innovative ideas and the winner gets the chance to join the team for a summer placement.

The successful partnership has been in place for a number of years, providing development opportunities for our design team, and vital experience for the students. We’re looking forward to seeing what the results are!

We’re excited to share a glimpse inside our brand new purpose-built HQ which we officially moved in to last month.

Located close to our old office in Bromborough, we wanted our new HQ to reflect our design-led approach and create a workplace that our staff can thrive in. Housing over 60,000 sq ft of warehousing, factory, meeting rooms, social spaces and offices, we love the results.

Designed by our directors in conjunction with the property developers and architects, we have been working on plans for the move for the past two years and are so pleased to have made it a reality.

We can’t wait to unveil the spaces to our family and friends at our big launch in March.

Hackers, developers and coders from across the North West are set to take part in a 24-hour hackathon in Liverpool on 23 September.

Originating in Silicon Valley, the concept sees teams of tech-savvy problem solvers racing against the clock, and each other, to create inventive technology to crack a problem, or develop an idea; often in the form of mobile apps, web platforms or robots, with prizes for the winning team.

Facebook’s chat feature, and its ‘like’ button, were both famously developed during internal company hackathons, at the technology giant’s headquarters in California.

The pay-per-minute venue on St Paul’s Square is hosting the event, called Sprint 24, which is backed by several of the North West’s top businesses, including digital kiosk design-manufacturer, Evoke Creative, and bookmaker, Bet Fred; and organised by Limelight Talent and Events.

Teams of four to six will take part in the collaborative coding contest, fuelled by complimentary hacker-fayre: energy drinks, pizza and beer.

Sleep is entirely optional, with many of the teams working through the night, and a variety of prizes on offer for the winner.

In addition to sponsoring the event, Evoke Creative has entered a team of hardware and software developers. The Wirral-based company is currently growing its internal development team to add software expertise to the innovative hardware solutions it designs and manufactures for the likes of Google, JD Sports and McDonald’s.

Dean Ward, co-founder and chief technology officer at Evoke, explained the importance of supporting events like this: “Liverpool has a rich history of software and games development, with a buzzing community of coders. In the Baltic Triangle the city has one of the key digital tech hubs outside of London and that’s serving as a beacon to attract new talent.

“Hackathons can be the stage where novel ideas can become ideas into reality. They also prove a great forum for experienced developers to network with the industry’s fresh new faces. We’re really pleased to be supporting the event – may the best team win!”

Limited tickets are still available from the organiser’s website.

We’re excited to announce the team Evoke have won the national award for Manufacturer of the Year (under £25m turnover). At an awards dinner last night attended by manufacturers from across the country, Evoke triumphed in our category for the second year running.

It was a great night for manufacturing for the whole of the North West, with two other regional companies winning in their respective categories.

Read more here

Evoke Creative has been appointed by leading cinema operator and big screen entertainment specialist, Vue, to provide state-of-the-art ticketing machines.
Following a successful trial at the Cribbs Causeway site in Bristol, Evoke is now set to install its kiosks at Vue’s iconic Leicester Square flagship, as part of a £6.6m investment in the landmark West End site.

The visually-striking ticketing kiosks feature 32” touchscreens set in either free-standing or wall mounted units. They allow customers to purchase or collect pre-booked tickets quickly, streamlining the customer journey and allowing them more time to browse the extensive food and beverage offering.

Head of retail at Vue, Paschalis Loucaides, said: “We’re committed to providing our customers with truly immersive big screen entertainment; and that starts from the moment they walk through the door. The redesigned foyer layout creates a slicker, more memorable customer journey. The digital kiosks are a key part of this and allow cinemagoers to spend more time enjoying the overall experience.”

Evoke Creative co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Neil Clark added: “We are delighted to be working with Vue to help deliver an engaging experience for its customers. We were commissioned to design and manufacture a bespoke kiosk that aptly utilises reflective surfaces and lighting to create a modern, top-end aesthetic. The feedback we’ve received has been incredibly positive and we’re looking forward to rolling out the kiosks to other sites in Vue’s estate.”

VUE ENTERTAINMENT
Vue Entertainment (Vue UK & Ireland) is a leader in out-of-home entertainment and the big screen experience.
Vue Entertainment has 85 state of the art cinemas throughout the UK and Ireland, with 813 screens projecting in Sony Digital Cinema 4K for ultra-high definition pictures. Vue offer stadium seating, VIP seats and luxurious recliners alongside a range of content, in addition to highly anticipated blockbusters. With event cinema titles including opera, ballet, musicals, national theatre, live streaming of sporting events and concerts through to hosting Gaming championships and dedicating multiple screens to eGaming arenas Vue is well known for providing the most innovative cinematic experience.
Vue UK and Ireland was founded following the acquisition of the Warner Village Cinemas in 2003 and is part of the leading cinema group Vue International. The group spans ten countries with 211 sites, 1,879 screens, over 8,500 staff and 90m customers where Vue is widely recognised as the most operationally efficient and technically advanced exhibitor in the industry.

On a wet and windy weekend in May, 12 of Evoke’s hardiest staff took on the adventure of a lifetime, tackling the UK’s 3 highest peaks in under 24 hours.

Raising funds for our nominated charity of the year (Clatterbridge Cancer Charity), our team set off on Saturday afternoon for Ben Nevis in Scotland, starting the clock at 5.30pm when they began the first ascent. Once at the peak, there was a minute to enjoy the view and then straight back down to travel to Scarfell Pike in the Lake District. Completing the summit there in the early hours of the morning, the team had to use all of their energy reserves to make their way up Snowdon on Sunday afternoon, beating the clock to return to the base of the mountain in a grand total of 23 hours and 52 minutes.

So far we’ve raised over £1,500 from friends, family, suppliers and customers and hope to keep the total increasing in recognition of this incredible feat. Lend your support here and check out our facebook page for more.