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All that time saved has allowed us to concentrate on the jobs that we have won
We used to do takeoffs with a scale rule and a pencil which was very time consuming and now we have a much quicker takeoff time. We only spend around 1 – 2 hours doing takeoffs with Ensign’s software and before it used to take us about 5 or 6 hours.
The speed at which you can do complicated tenders is amazing, and one of the cool things is the repeat key for duplication of branches.
You really need to get onto the system ASAP. The job is simply more difficult without Ensign and the software is real value for money given the time you are saving.
All that time saved has allowed us to concentrate on the jobs that we have won. We can give the client more time and fully concentrate on running the projects instead of wasting time with printing drawings and measuring up with a scale rule.
The support is great, even out of hours, and the software is really easy to use.
It’s a no brainer for me. I couldn’t do without it now.
Ensign’s software really has made all the difference to us. Time saving is the biggest advantage for us by far and it’s probably saved us about 80% of the time we used to spend before, and that means we can tender all of the jobs we want to go for instead of only 50% like we did before, and of course, that considerably increases our chances of winning more jobs!
We also used to have to print reams and reams of paper, and could spend the best part of a day just printing off all the drawings. We’d have problems where our printer wasn’t working and then we’d either have to have the expense of going to an outside printer to get the drawings done or we wouldn’t be able to do the job at all. Everything was messy with drawings everywhere, and the chance of losing sheets.
Even when we did have the drawings ready we could end up guessing the finer details on the drawings or missing bits and everything just took far too long, to the point that we sometimes missed deadlines.
We knew there had to be an easier way and when we got the Ensign software the difference was amazing. I have more free time and a better quality of life, because I can do more work than before and still get home at a reasonable time.
Everything is neat, storage is easy, it’s more accurate. We can revert back to any takeoff or estimate and order materials from the system. We’re not constantly phoning the suppliers for prices all the time, or wasting time waiting for the suppliers to get back to us, and the after sales care is fantastic. If we have any problems or queries, we just phone up and things will be rectified immediately.
We don’t feel like we’re living in the dark ages now and it’s so much better than doing things by the orthodox method.
It’s a no brainer for me. I couldn’t do without it now.
I don’t know how people can get by without the Ensign system
Ensign has become part of the fabric of our business. Before we started using their software, it was a long drawn out, time consuming and error prone process. We’d have to write everything down and calculate things by hand and it took hours.
Now we use the software and it makes the day to day running of our business so much easier.
The software has a good range of reports and we get to submit more quotes than ever before. We save so much time because a lot of other companies use Ensign’s software so it’s very compatible. Other companies can do takeoffs and send them over, and we can price everything really quickly and edit our schedules of rates with the system. Our PDF takeoffs are much quicker and more accurate, too, and the software is so easy to use.
We’d recommend the software. I don’t know how people can get by without the Ensign system.
it definitely has helped our business grow!
Before we started using Ensign’s software, every single estimate was hard work, take off took hours to do and we struggled to get everything done on time. We decided to go with Ensign’s software and it was an excellent decision. It’s a small investment that gives a really big saving and creates certainty for our company and our clients that we’ve given the most accurate estimates and take offs possible.
We have clarity now when we do our tenders, with costs built up clearly and quickly, and a huge time saving every single time we use the software. We used to have a 3 – 4 process estimate which was over-complicated but now we have a simple, 1 process estimate that gets the job done quickly and into the hands of our customers.
The software frees up my time so I can concentrate on other areas of our business, and enables me to maximise our profits by instantly seeing if there are any better margins to be had.
The support is excellent and there’s always someone at the other end of phone to help us, no matter what the query. The software is cost driven, it’s user friendly and it really does tie in with our business as if it’s always been a part of it.
We’d definitely recommend Ensign. We genuinely think it is a really good system, and it definitely has helped our business grow!
Our monthly quotation output has increased from 60 to in excess of 180 quotations per month
Following our subscription to the Ensign PDF Take Off & Insulation Estimating software, we have had some very impressive results.
Our monthly quotation output has increased from 60 to in excess of 180 quotations per month. That is a staggering 300% increase without us having to hire additional staff for extra input, or take our current staff off other jobs to meet that number of quotations.
Not only that, but the eradication of the need to print scaled drawings has resulted in an excellent cost saving, which benefits our bottom line. Our average monthly spend on printing drawings was a huge £1600.00 before we subscribed to Ensign’s Estimating Software, and our monthly spend, following use of Ensign’s system, is now zero. That is a saving of almost £20,000 per year.
Additional benefits are the ability to email marked up drawings and take off breakdowns to our site engineers and the simplicity of picking up extras from as installed site drawings. Add in the ability to adjust quotation elements at the click of a button (add plant costs, travel costs, labour intensiveness, and profit margins) and the time savings we make with the Ensign software are considerable.
These systems have massively progressed our company’s quoting volume, accuracy and detail!
I cannot recommend these systems highly enough, and without them you will be falling behind your competitors in the industry.
I have personally recommended these systems to two of my customers, who have both been astonished at the benefits they have provided their businesses, and both of whom are now happy subscribers.
I would highly recommend anyone looking for M&E estimating/Take off software to contact Jonathan
Jonathan looked after us from the initial contact right through to the full integration of the system. Jonathan is not one to turn away from the customer at any time. We have often had a question late at night or on the weekend and always Jonathan or one of his team have contacted us to ensure our business is not slowed down. I would highly recommend anyone looking for M&E estimating/Take off software to contact Jonathan because you won’t just get a great software package, you will get a great team.
I would definitely endorse and fully recommend Ensign to everyone as it has definitely helped my business
Before I started using the Ensign Electrical Estimating Software I used what I now consider a really primitive form of estimating - basically my own made up Excel Spreadsheets and estimating reference books. As my business has gradually grown in size these old ways just didn't work anymore as the larger you get the more detailed the tendering process becomes. I found that I was no longer able to keep up with the growth of the business.
After researching several companies I decided on giving Ensign a try. At first I was a little apprehensive as Ensign didn't seem as big as some of the other companies out there but after researching them a little and seeing what their software could do on "You Tube" I quickly jumped on board. From the minute I agreed to purchase their software - which now, after using it for almost 2 months, I think is very fairly priced - the Ensign team have been very supportive, informative and helpful. It's always a big jump trying something new but I can honestly say that this software is very user friendly and on top of that the technical support and training given has been excellent. The whole team – and in particular Matt, Dave, Alex and the MD himself Jonathan - have been very patient with my frequent technical queries and I genuinely appreciate all of the help they have given me.
For me - the best thing about this software is that once you get used to it you can price up jobs very quickly and if need be edit them as needed. Another huge help is the PDF Take-off. This in of itself is an incredibly helpful tool that makes "taking off" almost fool proof. Many of the larger companies haven't yet rolled this out which is one of the reasons I decided to go with Ensign. Other things I really like are the frequent updates that are designed to help an estimator keep up to date with all of the latest prices and branded materials.
As much as I would hate to help any of my competitors I have to completely endorse Ensign in all that it offers for a business. I would definitely endorse and fully recommend Ensign to everyone as it has definitely helped my business. We are already looking to take out a second licence as it has been so helpful to us.
Ensign’s software saves me about 70% of my time, and that makes an amazing difference
Before Ensign, I used to look at a huge pile of drawings and think ‘Oh God.’ The time it used to take to look at and print out drawings was so long. Now, overall, from top to bottom, Ensign’s software saves me about 70% of my time, and that makes an amazing difference. Quotes that took me 5 days before now take me less than 2 days, and I’ve only been estimating since January.
Using Ensign’s software, everything is easier, quicker and far simpler. When I first got the software, I seriously got so excited about using the system that I sometimes woke up at 4 am to use it. To anyone who hasn’t tried it, I would say you have to try it. And once you have, that’s it! You’ll be a convert.
You also have such a good team at Ensign, which for me makes all the difference. No matter what the problem, they always try their best to help.