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Personalised furniture skates by Evo Supplies: some of this year’s favourites

Evo personalised furniture skate for ACS

Of all the things we make and sell at Evo Supplies – from our best-selling ‘industry standard’ 590mm square skates to the (almost) pocket-sized Hello Dolly mini-skate HD05 – our favourite has to be creating personalised furniture skates for our customers.

The variety is endless. From simple logos, to contact details, van registration numbers, employee names, and charity awareness-raising.

We can put pretty much any information on the underside of a skate. And we can match your corporate branding colours and fonts exactly.

Here’s a small selection of some of this year’s favourite designs:

Evo Personalised skates for SOS MovesEvo personalised furniture skate for ACS Evo personalised skate for Cabot Credit Management Evo personalised skate for Eden Projects Evo personalised skate for CMEvo personalised piano skates for Earls RemovalsEvo personalised skates for Spindoctor Ltd

BCL Office Moving Prevent Breast Cancer pink furniture skates

 

 

If you think personalised furniture skates might be the way forward for your company, then give us a shout.

Whether you’re looking for 1, 10 or 300 personalised skates, we’ll take it in our stride and deliver top-quality products that will advertise your business for years to come.

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Evo Supplies achieves ISO 9001:2015 certification

Evo Supplies Team with ISO 9001 certificate

Evo Supplies are very proud to announce that we have received ISO 9001:2015 certification.

Team Evo were delighted to be formally presented with their certificate today by NQA Auditor Martin Graham

Speaking of Evo’s achievement, Martin said:

“I observed excellent compliance and leadership throughout, with an established team in place offering clear customer focus and understanding of their product. Everyone was very polite and cooperative and demonstrated a sound understanding of and commitment to the product and quality control principles.”

Evo Supplies ISO 9001 presentation and certificate

We are proud that Evo’s values, structure and organisation have been recognised in this way. The certification recognises our commitment to excellence in both the quality of our products and our customer service. It also endorses our customers’ trust in Evo Supplies and our ability to deliver precisely what they need, when they need it.

Evo Supplies NQA ISO 9001

What is ISO 9001?

ISO 9001 is the internationally recognised standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS). It is the most widely used QMS standard in the world, with over 1.1 million certificates issued to organisations in 178 countries.

ISO 9001 provides a framework and set of principles that ensure a common-sense approach to the management of organisations to consistently satisfy customers and other stakeholders. In simple terms, it provides the basis for effective processes and effective people to deliver an effective product or service time after time.

Achieving ISO 9001 certification helps a company like Evo Supplies with:

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Process Improvement
  • Product Improvement
  • Pre-Qualification and Requests for Quotation
  • Operational Efficiency
  • Internal Auditing
  • Risk Management
  • Training and Competence
  • Brand and Reputation.

Who are NQA?

NQA is part of NTS, the leading independent provider of environmental simulation testing, inspection and certification services in the USA. NTS serves a broad range of industries, including the civil aviation, space, defence, nuclear, telecommunications, industrial, electronics, medical and automotive markets. See more at www.nts.com or watch the NTS corporate video.

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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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Front page of The Mover magazine! (OK, so it’s not the MAIN cover photo, but we’re still rather pleased to see ourselves there …)

Mover Magazine January 2018 Evo Supplies

Evo Supplies pictured on the cover of this month’s Mover Magazine

Some excellent coverage of last November’s Movers & Storers Show in this month’s issue of The Mover magazine, including Move My Stuff winning the Evo Prize Skate 2017.

Click here to read this month’s issue of The Mover Evo Supplies at the Movers and Storers Show 2017

 

 

 

 

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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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“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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We’re “Member of the Week” at Enterprise Nation!

Enterprise Nation

 

Evo Supplies are very pleased to be members of Enterprise Nation. Since launching in 2005, Enterprise Nation has helped thousands of people start and grow their own successful business. They are the UK’s most active small business community and offer a voice to government for members too.

Every week, Enterprise Nation chooses one of their 70,000+ members to feature as their Facebook “Member of the Week”, and look who they picked this week!

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Evo goes to Westminster: Juliet and Greg attend the Parliamentary Review gala evening

Parliamentary Review Gala Evening 2017 Evo Supplies Greg Dunn Juliet Dunn

Juliet and Greg were in the Members’ Dining Room at the Palace of Westminster on Monday night, representing Evo Supplies at the annual Gala Evening to celebrate publication of this year’s Parliamentary Review.

Greg and Juliet at the Parliamentary Review Gala Evening, Monday 18th September

Evo was selected earlier this year to be featured in the Manufacturing edition of the 2017 Review. More than half a million copies of the printed editions of the Parliamentary Review have been distributed to MPs, policy-makers, industry leaders and decision-makers across the country. The Review aims to provide an wider overview of best practice in a range of different sectors, and to give the leaders of the featured businesses and organisations a voice.

Each edition of the Review includes Forewords by the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and articles by Andrew Neil and other leading political and industrial journalists, reviewing the events and achievements of the previous parliamentary year.

Hosted by the Review’s new Chairman, Sir Eric Pickles, the event was introduced by Jeremy Vine. Other speakers included Lord Blunkett and British and Irish Lions Captain, Sam Warburton.

Juliet with British and Irish Lions captain, Sam Warburton

Everyone at Evo is delighted to have been invited to participate in the Parliamentary Review, and take up this unique opportunity to highlight to a huge audience the challenges and opportunities facing our particular sector in the current political and economic climate.

Evo’s feature in the Review is now available online (see pp 54-56)