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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

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.