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Make a really bold corporate statement with branded furniture skates

Headington Carriers personalised skates by Evo Supplies

Branded furniture skates promote your business and reinforce your corporate message when you’re working onsite – whether home or commercial removals, office installations or furniture deliveries.

Here are a few of the most striking furniture skates we’ve made for customers in recent months:

BCL Office Moving Prevent Breast Cancer pink furniture skates
Pineapple Furniture custom sized personalised moving skate by Evo Supplies
Headington Carriers personalised skates by Evo Supplies
Simply Business Moves personalised furniture skate by Evo Supplies

Could your business benefit from a fleet of furniture skates to match your vehicles?

To find out more, click here, or call the Evo Supplies, “The Skate People”, for prices and expert advice on 01206 386683

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Evo Supplies make PINK furniture skates in support of Prevent Breast Cancer

BCL Office Moves pink Evo personalised skates Prevent Breast Cancer

 

When we took our furniture skate trade stand to the Movers & Storers Show last November, we offered our sought-after annual “Show Skate” as the prize in a raffle to raise funds for the Show’s chosen charity for 2018: Prevent Breast Cancer.

Movers & Storers Show prize skate 2018

Visitors and fellow exhibitors responded magnificently, and over the two days of the Show we raised a total of £152 for Prevent Breast Cancer.

Evo Supplies at the Movers & Storers Show 2018

The lucky winner was Peter Sturt of Bespoke Bodies.

Movers & Storers Show Evo Supplies Prevent Breast Cancer Bespoke Bodies

The 2018 Britain’s Strongest Mover competition at the Movers & Storers Show involved contestants pulling one of BCL Office Moving‘s bright pink 7.5-tonne trucks over a 40m distance, while wearing pink tutus. It was quite a sight to behold!

Congratulations to Simon Beck, our removal man who came in second place in the Britain's Strongest Mover contest at the Movers & Storers show! Our truck was used for the truck pull portion of the contest – wrapped in a tutu in honor of Prevent Breast Cancer charity (@WeArePreventBreastCancer) and the men all wore tutus during the event! Here's a video of Simon pulling the truck!

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In 2014, together with their sister company, Britannia Bradshaw International Removals & StorageBCL painted some of their vehicles bright pink in support of Prevent Breast Cancer (formerly called Genesis). You can read all about this brilliant fundraising and awareness-raising initiative in Removals & Storage magazine
Prevent Breast Cancer Bradshaws BCL pink lorries

Having met us at the Movers & Storers show, BCL Office Moving – part of Britannia International – went on to order these fabulous PINK personalised furniture skates, giving Evo Supplies an additional opportunity to help raise awareness of the vital work of Prevent Breast Cancer.

BCL Office Moving Prevent Breast Cancer pink furniture skates

Evo Supplies is making a donation to Prevent Breast Cancer for every pink skate we manufacture, and are immensely proud to have become official Prevent Breast Cancer Corporate Supporters.

Prevent Breast Cancer corporate supporters

 

We’re really excited by the potential for awareness-raising that Evo’s personalised furniture skates can offer. So if some eye-catching moving skates like these would help publicise YOUR company’s charitable fundraising initiative, we’ll be very happy to help. Just give us a call on 01206 386683 to discuss.

More about Prevent Breast Cancer

Prevent Breast Cancer is the only UK charity funding ground-breaking research solely aimed at preventing breast cancer for future generations.

Predict. Prevent. Protect. This is the charity’s mantra. As the only UK charity entirely dedicated to the prediction and prevention of breast cancer, Prevent Breast Cancer is committed to freeing the world from the disease altogether. Unlike many cancer charities, it’s focused on preventing, rather than curing. Promoting early diagnosis, screening and lifestyle changes to stop the problem before it starts.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. Prevent Breast Cancer is passionate about stopping the disease before it starts, and collaborates with others to influence change in breast cancer services. We work closely with The Manchester Breast Centre to collaborate with the best experts in the field. And by being based at the UK’s only breast cancer prevention centre, The Nightingale Centre, Prevent Breast Cancer is at the forefront of preventative research.

The devastating disease of breast cancer affects too many people – the patients, their families, friends and colleagues. It is a disease that can often be cured if caught early and suitable treatments are prescribed. But what if there was no need for the cure? What if people could live their lives safe in the knowledge that it would never happen to them?

Every year, in the UK, 55,000 individuals are diagnosed – that’s 150 people a day. And every year, we lose 11,400 to this disease. That’s 11,400 too many. In fact, it is 55,000 too many. If we could prevent breast cancer tomorrow, by 2027, over 550,000 would never receive a diagnosis.

The Vision

To prevent breast cancer for future generations through preventative testing, screening, lifestyle changes and drugs where needed.

The Need

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, despite it being a rare disease in men.
  • 1 in 9 women and 1 in 1000 men in the UK will develop the disease in their lifetime.
  • Across the UK, 55,000 people annually are diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Tragically 11,400 women do not survive, though survival rates are increasing.
  • In the last ten years, female incidence rates have increased by 3.6%.
  • In the UK breast cancer rates have increased by 57% in the last 30 years.
  • It is predicted that in the UK there will be 57,000 new cases per annum by 2024, an increase of 7% in 8 years.
  • Currently only 3% of all cancer research funding is spent on prevention.

Prevent Breast Cancer seed-funds medical research projects into the prediction and prevention of breast cancer – without our original funding these research projects would not happen. Once the projects have been undertaken, they can often support large grant applications to organisations such as The National Institute of Health Research.

Specific Aims

To:

  • Predict which women are most susceptible to breast cancer.
  • Diagnose the disease early through better and earlier detection methods.
  • Research and develop preventative measures for the disease.
  • Increase the uptake of breast screening in minority ethnic groups.

Objectives

To:

  • Identify women as high, medium or low risk through gene, lifestyle and breast density testing.
  • Undertake further research into high risk genes and gene fragments (SNPs).
  • Offer diet and lifestyle interventions to those deemed high-risk.
  • Increase the frequency of screening for high-risk women.
  • Improve diagnosis and treatment of pre-cancer changes.
  • Develop preventative drugs for appropriate patients.
  • Provide more accurate breast screening tools.
  • Raise awareness of the disease in minority ethnic communities.

To find out more, visit the Prevent Breast Cancer website. To make a donation, click on the logo below:

Prevent Breast Cancer donate

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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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“We love them”: one bespoke skate – two happy customers!

Moveitclearitfinditstoreit Evo Supplies plan chest skate

 

Like most small business, we love receiving positive feedback from our customers. In this case, from Matt of the wonderfully named MoveitClearitFinditStoreit in Ipswich.

Strong brand identity, a big social conscience and a passionate commitment to local customers are some of the many things that set MoveitClearitFinditStoreit apart from the rest.

We’ve been making 1-tonne capacity personalised skates for Matt for a year or so now.

A couple of months ago, we took an interesting order from one of his customers, an artist, who was looking for a bespoke wheeled platform for a large plan-chest in her studio. Here’s the result.

Matt and his team took delivery, installed it for the customer, and posted this on social media:

FANCY A SKATE?! Evo supplies make our mega moving skates/dollies, we love them, we also recommended them to a customer to make a bespoke skate for this large cabinet, check out the result, we helped place the cabinet and left one very happy customer, look after your employees backs and order a skate, they have so many uses…..but are not for the skate park 🙂 (See the original post here.)

We love these special one-off commissions. If you or your customers need something special, then do please give Evo a call on 01206 386683 or email esales@evosupplies.co.uk,  and we’ll be more than happy to help!

Take a look at some of our other bespoke commissions here. We can make pretty much any size and specifications you might require. We can advise you on loading capacity, stability and safety issues, and suggest alternative options if you’re not quite sure what you need. We keep a range of different wheels in stock, but also have access, through our suppliers, to all kinds of more specialist items.

 

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Bernard Jenkin MP visits Evo Supplies

Bernard Jenkin MP visits Evo Supplies furniture skate moving dolly Juliet Dunn

We were pleased to welcome our local MP, Bernard Jenkin MP, to the Evo Supplies workshops last week.

Some of the local and national issues discussed included:

As chair of the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee, Bernard is closely involved in conducting an inquiry into the collapse of Carillion.

Bernard’s office contacted Evo following our appearance in this year’s Parliamentary Review.

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) examines constitutional issues and the quality and standards of administration within the Civil Service. It also scrutinises the reports of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

It is a committee of Members of Parliament, appointed by the House of Commons and drawn from the three largest political parties. It works principally by undertaking inquiries. It chooses its own subjects of inquiry and seeks evidence from a wide range of groups and individuals with relevant interests and experience. The committee produces reports setting out its findings and making recommendations to the government.

Bernard Jenkin

Bernard Jenkin has been the MP for Harwich and North Essex since the 2010 general election. He was first elected to represent Colchester North in the 1992 general election. He went on to represent North Essex before the current Harwich and North Essex constituency was created.

The Small Business Commissioner – tackling late payments

The office of the Small Business Commissioner (SBC) was launched in December 2017. Its aim is to ensure fair payment practices for Britain’s 5.7 million small businesses. The Small Business Commissioner supports businesses in resolving their payment disputes with larger businesses and bring about culture change.

The Parliamentary Review

The Parliamentary Review is a prestigious annual publication, combining political commentary from leading journalists, with sector specific insight from Secretaries of State, Ministers and MPs. It offers an indispensable guide to industry best practice, which demonstrates how sector leaders have responded to challenges in the political and economic environment. The Review has several editions, each focusing on an individual policy area with the strategic aim of raising standards by highlighting best practice.

It is sent to over 500,000 leading business executives, policy makers and other relevant individuals. The Review’s release is marked by an annual gala in the Palace of Westminster.

In 2017, Evo Supplies were proud to be selected as a “Best Practice Representative” in the Manufacturing edition of The Parliamentary Review. You can read our Parliamentary Review story here and here.

 

 

 

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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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Evo goes to Number 10! #SmallBiz100

Juliet Dunn Evo Supplies No 10 Downing Street Small Business Saturday 2017 SmallBiz100

On 30 November, Evo’s MD, Juliet Dunn, went to No. 10 Downing Street, to take part in a reception celebrating this year’s Top 100 UK Small Businesses. The event was organised by Small Business Saturday, the nationwide campaign that supports, inspires and promotes the UK’s 5.7 million small businesses.

Drinks and canapes …

Juliet and the other #SmallBiz100 winners were welcomed by Stephen Barclay MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury and Baroness Fairhead CBE, Minister of State at the Department for International Trade. Everyone was treated to drinks and canapes in the impressive official drawing rooms and dining room.

(photo: Zoe Norfolk)

Essex small businesses

Selected participants were invited to showcase their businesses, among them fellow Essex small business Secret Hamper.

Nigel Richardson of www.secrethamper.com meets Stephen Barclay MP (photo: Zoe Norfolk)

By an amazing coincidence, the other winning business from Essex – Mandie Holgate of the Business Womens Network –  is also from Mersea Island. A tremendous coup for our island’s businesswomen!

Mandie Holgate of www.thebusinesswomansnetwork.co.uk

Privilege

Juliet said: “It was such a privilege to be the other side of that iconic door! And it was wonderful to meet and network with the other Top 100 Small Business winners. Thanks to Small Business Saturday UK for inviting us all to such a memorable event.”

Michelle Ovens MBE and Stephen Barclay MP (photo: Zoe Norfolk)

Michelle Ovens MBE, Director, Small Business Saturday, said: “Small Business Saturday shines a spotlight on our local businesses to show how vitally important they are to individual communities and the UK as a whole. We are encouraging everyone to support the small businesses near them this Saturday, by shopping local, and also giving them their backing into 2018 and beyond.”

Stephen Barclay MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, said: “It’s great to welcome so many business owners to Number 10 today to show our appreciation for the crucial contribution they make to Britain. Small businesses are vital to a thriving and competitive economy that is fit for the future, so it’s great to see that the number of small businesses in the UK has been growing in recent years. We hope the country will join us in championing the UK’s small businesses, and support them this Saturday.”

(photo: Zoe Norfolk)

No phones or cameras permitted past the entrance hall of No. 10, but you can take a private virtual tour here!

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“Best Practice Representatives”

Parliamentary Review Best Practice Representative Evo Supplies

Following Evo’s inclusion in this year’s Parliamentary Review (manufacturing edition), we were delighted to receive our ‘Best Practice Representative’ badge last week from the Chairman of the Review, Sir Eric Pickles.

Read Evo’s Parliamentary Review story here.

Directors Greg and Juliet representing Evo Supplies at the Parliamentary Review Annual Gala

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Evo’s story – as featured in The Parliamentary Review 2016/17

Parliamentary Review

Here’s the full text of our feature as ‘best practice representatives’ in this year’s Parliamentary Review (manufacturing edition).

 

Evo Supplies Ltd is one of the UKs leading manufacturers of furniture skates (also known as dollies). The company was founded in 2013, when Juliet and Greg Dunn purchased an existing removal supplies business on Mersea Island in Essex. Managing Director Juliet Dunn explains Evos mission, culture and plans for the future.

In November 2013 Greg and I – an animal feed trader and a legal editor respectively – found ourselves the slightly nervous owners of a small furniture skate manufacturing business. We both had previous experience in running businesses, but neither of us had a manufacturing background. Over the past four years, we’ve had to acquire some entirely new skillsets, and the learning curve has been close to vertical at times.

Skates or dollies

We branded ourselves ‘The Skate People’ and started developing new products to fill gaps in the market, working with our customers to produce skates to the specifications they needed. We’re principally a business-to-business seller, but there’s also a market in skates for domestic and garden use.

Over the past 18 months we’ve taken on new people and now have a very strong team. It’s a constant learning process for all of us, but team spirit prevails. Our commitment to timely delivery and excellent customer service does occasionally mean that my office colleagues and I can be found on the factory floor, pitching in to finish and pack skates ready for loading out. This hands-on approach has helped me to gain real insight into exactly what I’m asking my production guys to do, and how our productivity expectations and targets can be improved.

High-spec and hand finished

In a market dominated by cheap imported dollies, we’ve differentiated Evo by focusing on three core concepts:

  1. Making high-spec, hand-finished products that satisfy our customers’ own high quality demands: hard-wearing castors; sustainable timber; and the ethos of ‘buying British’. Our emphasis on premium quality has recently attracted two workplace equipment suppliers, who feature Evo-made products in their online catalogues.
  2. Promoting the attractive branding advantages for corporate customers of Evo ‘personalised’ skates. Some of the big names in commercial relocation and domestic removals have large fleets of Evo skates, bearing their company logo, to present a professional image on site and reinforce their brand.
  3. Making bespoke-size skates. We’ve made giant skates for shifting PA equipment, skates for trundling sacks of logs and skates for freezers. Requests can be bizarre, but we’ll oblige whenever possible; and from an R&D perspective, some of these one-off jobs have resulted in permanent additions to our range, including the aluminium Filing Cabinet Skate and the 1-tonne capacity ‘Mighty Mover’.

Responding to challenges

Evo is part of the supply chain for domestic removals and commercial relocation companies, so the nervousness resulting from, first, the Brexit vote and now the outcome of the June General Election, inevitably impacts on us. Protracted political and financial nervousness will benefit neither the manufacturing sector in which we operate, nor the service industries we supply, and we believe it’s crucial that the next Government genuinely supports SMEs.

Evo has recently joined the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the EEF – the Manufacturers’ Organisation.  I strongly commend both organisations, not only for their loud and persistent lobbying of Government on issues directly affecting SMEs, but also for the wealth of information, advice, services and practical help they offer business owners. I wish we’d joined years ago: membership brings both reassurance and inspiration.

The free HR, legal and crisis management services available to FSB members are amazing value. And a recent visit from an EEF manufacturing consultant gave the whole team here an unrivalled opportunity to seek advice and guidance on productivity and efficiency in our operation – again, a service entirely free to members.

This year we have invested heavily in the Xero cloud accounting system, which has revolutionised life in the Evo office.  It also offers a vast array of management accounting and marketing tools, which we’re only just starting to explore, but the possibilities are exciting.

Financing the business for growth is a challenge. We’ve been seeking funding to allow us to take Evo to the next level and to realise our development aspirations, but the process is so frustrating it’s almost enough to dampen the entrepreneurial spirit. But Greg and I are not the kind of people to be easily deterred. Through thinkbusinessfinance.com we recently secured a loan from IWOCA,(?) which was a life-saver in delivering working capital precisely when we needed it. The loan funded the design and building of our new website and a trip to China to explore the economic viability of sourcing two of our raw materials – rubber and castors – direct from the manufacturers.

 

It was encouraging to see an awareness in both Conservative and Labour manifestos of the crushing effects on small business of late payment. Both parties pledged that companies tendering for government contracts must pay their own suppliers on time. As the FSB asserts: ‘When our small businesses succeed, so does the UK economy.’

So what are Evos plans for the future?

  • extending our product range and broadening our customer base;
  • building even stronger relationships with our existing customers;
  • achieving a better balance between the ideals of ‘just in time’ ordering and lean manufacturing, while also holding sufficient stock to service urgent orders, meet the delivery promises of our wholesalers, and offer the fast response demanded of outlets like eBay;
  • following our EEF consultant’s recommendations to optimise production methods and increase productivity;
  • significantly reducing costs by buying raw materials (those that are already Chinese-made) direct from China ;
  • making our excellent customer service super-excellent!

 

Find out more about the Parliamentary Review here …

Read about Evo’s evening in Westminster here …