Allan and his team originally used pen and paper to create rough estimates, but were concerned about the time this took and how professional the results looked.
"Prior to Ensign, we were literally using the materials/labour time method on paper then adding on some profit (hopefully) for ourselves. This was OK for bespoke items, however we knew we would be unable to quote on any larger projects like the ones we are into now, as the quotes need a quick turnaround of a few days - plus it always looked unprofessional.
The main issue was the amount of time this took. We didn’t have the manpower for me to do this full time, as I was in the workshop too. At this point, we had to decide whether to stay the size we were or make an investment in new machinery and software to enable us to grow. Ensign was part of this investment."