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New products for 2020: 1 carpet-topped furniture skates

Carpet-topped furniture skates from Evo Supplies

Carpet-topped furniture skates with a rubber bumper strip are an exciting new addition to our best-selling range of heavy-duty moving dollies.

Carpet-topped furniture skates offer an attractive alternative to our rubber-topped skates. They’re perfect for those jobs when you need to s-l-i-d-e loads on and off your skate easily, without any friction. Or when carrying delicate or easily-marked items that require a softer carrying surface than ribbed rubber.

Rather than using brand new carpet, we’ve sourced A-grade recycled, or unused overstock, carpet tiles from Envirocycle London Ltd. These have been recovered from refurbished offices and diverted from landfill.

Envirocycle London logo recycled carpet tiles

Choose from 590mm or 480mm size, both with a moulded rubber bumper.

close-up of 590mm Carpet-topped furniture skates from Evo Supplies

Available at a special introductory price during February 2020.

Handle of Carpet-topped furniture skates by Evo Supplies

As always, if you’re looking for 6 or more of these or any of our furniture skates or dollies, please give us a call on 01206 386683 and we’ll offer you a bulk price deal.

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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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10 reasons we love the Movers & Storers Show

Evo Supplies at the Movers & Storers Show 2018

The Movers & Storers Show is an essential annual diary date for anyone in the removals, storage, self-storage and related industries. We had a fantastic time at the 2018 show, and are already looking forward to next year’s. Here’s why:

We love …

  • Meeting our existing customers in person and get to know more about them and their businesses
  • Speaking to visitors about who Evo Supplies are and what we do 
  • Showing the full range and quality of our furniture skates
  • Giving people the opportunity to handle and test our products 
  • Listening to the latest industry news and views
  • Offering our annual Movers & Storers Show Skate as a charity raffle prize
  • Networking with other exhibitors
  • Building new and often unexpected relationships with industry colleagues
  • Benefiting from the Show’s excellent seminars and enjoying watching the competitions
  • Baking and sharing 100s of our famous #evoskate biscuits!

Evo Supplies at the Movers & Storers Show 2018What’s on offer?

The Movers & Storers Show offers visitors:

  • Around 70 exhibitors’ stands
  • A large range of vehicles
  • A Seminar Theatre with presentations, discussions and topical advice sessions
  • Expert speakers, including some of the biggest names in the industry
  • Digital advice and helpdesks
  • Cafe and networking lounge
  • Competitions zone, hosting ‘Britain’s Strongest Mover’ and ‘Packers of the Year’ contests
  • Free giveaways, raffles and other exhibitor competitions

Mover & Storers Show 2018Who can attend?

The show is designed specifically for those in removals, storage and self-storage companies, together with related sectors like warehousing, logistics, relocation and facilities management. Whether you’re a business owner or manager, or a driver or warehouse worker, you’ll be equally welcome to attend. Tickets are FREE if you register in advance here: www.themoversandstorersshow.co.uk/

Evo Supplies at the Movers & Storers Show 2018Where will the 2019 Movers & Storers Show be held?

We don’t yet know!

Keep checking the Show website for information.

Evo Supplies at the Movers & Storers Show 2018Read a full report of the 2018 show here.

If you weren’t able to attend but would like a copy of the Exhibition Guide, containing information on all of this year’s exhibitors – a useful desktop directory for the coming months! – contact the organisers today, and ask to go on their email list for news and updates.

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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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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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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.

 

 

 

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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 on the Small Business Saturday Blue Sofa #Smallbiz100

Juliet Dunn and Maria Chapman Evo Supplies Small Business Saturday 2017 furniture skate moving dollies

Maria and Juliet had a lot of fun in Maldon today at the Small Business Saturday UK Bus Tour!

The Bus Tour stops at 27 towns and cities around the country to celebrate the vital role of small businesses in local communities and in the whole nation’s economy. Check out what’s coming up in your area.

Among the other businesses taking part in today’s festivities were our fellow Essex Top 100 Small Business #SmallBiz100, Secret Hamper and The Business Womens Network.

Three #SmallBiz100 winners from North East Essex: The Business Womens Network, Secret Hamper and Evo Supplies

 

Our local #SmallBiz100 winners with Essex County Council Cllr Gagan Mohindra

 

Juliet and Maria with the Small Business Saturday tour bus