Our company

Established in 1980, Ensign is one of the UK's leading suppliers of take-off and estimating software to building services contractors.

We believe that our software can truly transform the way building services contractors work.

We believe in simple, not complex. To achieve this for our users, we work hard every day to ensure we deliver the best possible product with an incredibly high standard of service. This affects everything from development through to training and support.

We are constantly innovating and developing. We focus on the things that matter to our users. We listen and learn. Quality is embedded in all that we do and all that we are.

Our history

For nearly 40 years, Ensign has provided contractors with software designed to make their jobs easier, maximize efficiency and increase their profits. The following is a brief breakdown of our history as a company.


Ensign established and Ductwork Estimating software was developed


Mechanical & Electrical Estimating Software developed


Insulation Estimating software developed


Mechanical Quantity Surveying system developed at the request of the Kershaw group. Over the following years this system was developed for Electrical, Ductwork and Insulation.


Release of Windows based software


Ductwork Drawing system released. Developed to interface with AutoCAD to produce quick and accurate Ductwork drawings, later that year a manufacturing system was developed to help interface with plasma cutters


First and only company to release TakeOff software. Developed originally to work with CAD drawings this also interfaced with PDF and other formats. Developed for Mechanical, Electrical, Ductwork and Insulation contractors.


First international sales into European markets


QuickQuote Estimating format developed to increase efficiency of Estimating process, still the most efficient estimating methodology in the market


Ensign is now a Kesef company


First sales into Polish market


PDF TakeOff system launched to enormous acclaim, game changing product developed for Mechanical, Electrical, Ductwork and Insulation contractors.


First sales into Australian & NZmarket, Finland, Belgium


Mechanical software for mechanical, M&E and MEP contractors


Electrical software for electrical, M&E and MEP contractors


Ductwork software for DW144, DW154 and flat channel plastic contractors


Insulation software for pipework, ductwork and vessel insulation contractors

NOTE: If your trade isn’t listed, we recommend RapidQuote, our flexible, easy-to-use alternative.
It’s designed to work for any contractor, no matter what trade you’re in.