Our Story

Our Story

The best tendering software on the planet*

(*according to us)

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Our work got started when we realised construction professionals were spending too much time at theirs.

From manually pulling together tenders, staying on top of construction documentation, or chasing people up, estimating can be a pretty tough slog. So we set about developing a smarter, simpler software platform to help out builders, suppliers and subbies alike.

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It took two to create EstimateOne.

In one corner was Michael Ashcroft, an estimator with some of Australia’s biggest construction companies. In the other, Andrew Ritchie – a whiz on computers.
It’s been over a decade since Michael and Andrew put their heads together. And tendering has come a long way since.

Today we have a team of 35 located across Australia and the UK, and we’re growing fast. We all feel proud to have helped over 45,000 organisations win their share of over $305 billion worth of work since we opened shop. We continue to launch more products and help more commercial construction professionals every day, and we’re excited about what lies ahead.

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2008

EstimateOne is formed

Mike and Andrew put their heads together and start sketching out concepts for a digital tender workflow system. Over beers. Many beers.

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2009

We sign our first customer

P&R Air Conditioning becomes the very first subscriber to our Weekly Tender Report (WTR). Within a few weeks, that number jumps from 1 to 30.

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2010

We form a working prototype

We demonstrate our tender workflow software to three key builders. The feedback’s positive, but there’s a common theme: “Subbies won’t use this!”

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2011

We launch the tender noticeboard

Mike and Andrew change tack. They build a tender noticeboard for subcontractors and suppliers, listing open commercial tenders. It’s a hit.

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2012

We release the tender documentation platform

After getting requests from a whole bunch of builders, EstimateOne is expanded to support the delivery of tender documents to subcontractors and suppliers. We have over 500 subbies on month-to-month billing plans.

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2013

We have 35,000 subcontractors using the platform

The platform becomes very popular with subcontractors across Australia – who value it for its ease of use, as well as the number of projects available.

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2014

We launch in New Zealand

EstimateOne goes multinational. We discover the same process problems in New Zealand, and the platform is a hit across the ditch as well.

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2015

We sign our 200th builder client

And with that, we establish our position as the clear market leader in the tender workflow and RFQ-issuing space. It feels great.

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2016

We release a handover and delivery platform

We go beyond estimating for the first time – launching a new builder product to help delivery and site teams communicate more effectively with subbies and suppliers.

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2017

We’re officially the most popular document distribution platform

With 60,000 subcontractors now using the platform across Australia and New Zealand, we’re quickly becoming the dominant pre-construction platform in the region.

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2018

We look to new international markets

Celebrating 10 years since our inception, we look to Asia Pacific – adding the Philippines to our roll call, where head contractors appreciate a simpler way to manage the tender process.

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2019

We go to the UK

We look further abroad to the UK and continued efforts in the Asia-Pacific. We develop our first mobile app to give our members access to their address book when out on site or on the road.

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2020

We release new features to help manage quotes

We give subbies the ability to upload quotes and send them to pricing builders, and help builder manage those quotes on their side. We also launch a consultant details feature to help suppliers. Back to our story