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The Movers & Storers Show 2018

Evo Supplies at the Movers & Storers Show 2018

What a fantastic Movers & Storers Show we enjoyed this year!

Evo Supplies at the Movers & Storers Show 2018

The show offers an unrivalled annual opportunity to meet up with hundreds of removals and storage professionals – not just from the UK but from Ireland, Europe and even farther afield.

Evo Supplies at the Movers & Storers Show 2018

Evoskate biscuits!

As always, we took along plenty of our delicious #evoskate biscuits, along with chocolates, pens, coasters and balloons to tempt visitors into our stand.

Top-of-the range furniture moving equpiment

But of course the main attraction was our top-of-the-range furniture moving equipment. This year’s top favourites were our ultra-heavy duty products, including piano skates and ‘Mighty Movers’.

With their giant 200mm wheels and 36mm platforms, Evo piano skates will carry up to 900kg and are ideal for moving all kinds of heavy items – not just pianos.

 

Evo Super Piano Skate

We came up with the idea for the Mighty Mover at the Movers & Storers Show two years ago. We were asked for an even heavier-duty version of our double-thickness skates, so we came up with a design. The resulting 1-tonne capacity skate quickly became one of our best-sellers.

Evo Supplies Mighty Mover Ultra Heavy Duty 1 tonne furniture skate moving dolly

Prevent Breast Cancer

The show’s charity for 2018 was Prevent Breast Cancer – selected in memory of Malcolm Halley, who died in August. We were very pleased to offer this year’s ‘Show Skate’ as the prize in a charity raffle, which raised £152 for Prevent Breast Cancer. The lucky winner was Peter Sturt of Bespoke Bodies.

If you visited our stand, don’t forget: your special discount code is valid on our website until the end of January, on all our products (except factory seconds).

If you missed the show, please don’t be afraid to ask about discounts for bulk purchases. Just call us on 01206 386683 to let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll give you our best price.

The Movers & Storers Show is open to anyone in the removals, storage and related industries. Entry is FREE, if you register in advance. Visit www.themoversandstorersshow.co.uk/ for details of the 2019 show. We’ll be there – and we look forward to seeing you there too!

 

 

 

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“The Skate People” – The Mover magazine, June 2018

Evo Supplies furniture skate moving dollies removals Mover Magazine

We were delighted to welcome David Jordan, Deputy Editor of The Mover magazine, to our factory and warehouse in West Mersea a few weeks ago.

Here’s what he wrote after spending a morning with the Evo team:

Deputy Editor David Jordan takes a trip to Mersea Island in Essex to visit Evo Supplies, one of Britain’s leading manufacturers of furniture skates.

When I phoned Evo Supplies’ Managing Director Juliet Dunn to arrange a time for our meeting, I was a little surprised when she said, “I’ll just check the tide tables to make sure you can get across.” The company is based on Mersea Island (it’s pronounced Mersey by the way, if like me you didn’t know) and you have to cross a causeway to reach it by road. Around full moon it can be up to a metre deep in water for up to two hours, so you need to check first.

The Romans, based at the nearby garrison town of Camulodunum (Colchester), used to holiday here and developed a taste for Mersea’s oysters, even exporting them the thousand-odd miles back to Rome, in barrels filled with seawater. Oysters and other seafood delights are still enjoyed on Mersea today, by locals and tourists alike. Visit the Company Shed fishmongers/restaurant on the waterfront if you ever come here.

Having safely dodged the Blackwater tide, I arrived at Evo Supplies’ factory on a small industrial estate in West Mersea and was greeted at the door by a beaming Juliet. Over tea and chocolate biscuits she told me their story.

Juliet and her husband Greg started Evo Supplies in 2013. “It happened almost by accident,” explained Juliet. “We were renting warehouse space near here for

The skate business is competitive and Evo’s skates are not necessarily the cheapest on the market, so I asked Juliet how they have managed to grow the business.

“The personalisation of the skates is one reason, but quality is what really sets us apart,” said Juliet. “Not just of the skates themselves but the customer service that comes with them. We sell thousands of skates a year, but if anyone has a problem with one of our products, which is rare, we replace it without question or quibble. We had a few customers go elsewhere in the early years because of price, but nearly all have come back because they believe our quality and personal service is worth paying a little bit extra for.

“Since taking on the leadership of Evo full-time in 2016, I’ve been focusing on raising both our game and our profile. The annual Movers & Storers Show gives us a fantastic opportunity to showcase not just our products but our ethos to removals industry professionals, and we’re really looking forward to this year’s show in Manchester. We’re constantly adding new products to our range and improving our production processes, we’ll make pretty much any bespoke item to our customers’ specifications, and we can offer really competitive discounts on bulk orders.”

About 50% of Evo’s business is with the removals industry, with furniture retailers, Interestingly, since the Brexit vote Juliet has noticed an increase in companies specifically interested in buying British-made products.

Notwithstanding the above, at the end of 2017 Evo introduced an imported economy range, ‘Hello Dollies’. “Not every customer needs or can afford a dolly that can carry a tonne and withstand years of heavy-duty professional use, so we designed an economy range and visited China to find a manufacturer to make them exclusively for us,” said Juliet. “We’re delighted with the quality of the new products, and the sub-brand allows us to compete in the budget-priced market. However, our home-grown Evo dollies will always be at the core of our business and we are very proud to be one of the few British manufacturers producing high-quality skates for the professional removals industry.”

Juliet and Greg are keen sailors and often take part in races on the Blackwater in their boat Black Diamond. The Evo factory, offices and products are equally ship-shape and a credit to them and the enthusiastic people who work there.

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2017 – a year to remember for Evo Supplies

Evo Supplies team Small Business Saturday 2017 furniture skate

Well, what a year it’s been for Evo Supplies!

Wishing all our customers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year from the Evo team 😀

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Hello Dollies! A new range of budget-priced skates from Evo Supplies

Hello Dollies logo furniture skates moving dollies

We’re very excited to announce the launch of Hello Dollies – our brand new range of budget-priced moving equipment. The first four models are now available. More to follow soon.

Hello Dollies

Hello Dollies products are manufactured abroad and distributed in the UK by Evo Supplies, applying our usual high standards of quality control and customer service. They’re specially designed by us, with our smaller business customers and individual consumers in mind,

The first four Hello Dollies models are available for immediate shipping on a next-working-day courier service.

Order online or call us on 01206 386683 for friendly, personal help and advice.

Bulk purchase deals available on orders of 10 or more.

Visit the Hello Dollies page on our website.