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We are recruiting!

Due to our continued growth, we are now seeking to recruit permanent Senior Estimators/Estimators and Graduate Estimators for our UK office.

Have a look at our careers section to find out more.

Expanding Our Horizons

Benchmark Estimating is all set for expansion at its Manchester site. We are taking over the office next door, effectively doubling the size of our office.

The additional space gives Benchmark Estimating’s existing 17th Floor central Manchester accommodation an amazing panoramic view of the city. It will give us space to expand the workforce within our well established cost estimating business, and also to develop our other UK business.

Our Directors Rob & Lynda MacDonald have been in Manchester recently to finalise the plans for growth. They were also lucky to see some of the UK’s rare but much welcomed sunshine during their trip.



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The Australian High Commission (Austrade) held a private dinner in Manchester on the 12th October 2011, to which Benchmark Estimating were pleased to attend. Kym Fullgrabe, The Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for the UK & Ireland invited business leads in the Northwest to promote trade links between the UK and Australia. Summarising over dinner, Kym described the staggering level of development planned for Western Australia, in excess of $75bn, not including the mining industry. An opportunity not to be missed!

As an Australian owned business, based in the UK, Benchmark were pleased to support the Trade Commission’s initiative in promoting links between the countries.

Glendale gives Version 7 the Green Flag

Glendale is one of the UK’s leading green service companies working in partnership with both public and private sectors.

Glendale believes in investing in the training of their people and have a thirst for innovation throughout the organisation. They also have a strong commitment to their local communities, ensuring that improvements to the environment are beneficial to all. Glendale’s range of green solutions includes:

  • Grounds  Management
  • Countryside Management
  • Commercial Landscaping
  • Environmental consultancy
  • Golf Course Management

Glendale operates green space & landscape maintenance projects across the UK and originally purchased Benchmark to help cater to their different areas of work in their varied locations. In addition to being able to do this, they have realised many more benefits with their implementation of Benchmark.

Glendale have a network of offices across the southwest, their works include grounds management, woodland management and tree planting, landscaping and arboriculture for a variety of public bodies and private sector companies. Clients include Devon County Council, the Highways Agency and Natural England and leading construction companies such as Kier, Interserve, Carillion and Balfour Beatty.

Meeting the Estimating and Management Needs of Glendale

Mike Dennys is the Chief Estimator and Contracts Manager, producing bids for his own landscaping team and Glendale across the region. Based in Exeter, he and his team needed an estimating system that:

  • Could be shared and reviewed across all of their branch divisions and with the rest of the Glendale organisation across the UK,
  • Could be easily understood by non-estimators and management alike,
  • Was cost-effective in time and money,
  • Produced accurate prices,
  • Was easy-to-use,
  • And, it had to be an all in one system, so Glendale’s management could review from a different office and sign off estimates within the system, with all data held centrally in one location.

Benchmark has been able to meet these requirements and offer further value for the Glendale group.

Recent Successes

Recent successful bids include the award of scrub clearance and fencing for British Airways and the planting of over 100,000 trees across England and Wales. They also found recently that their bid to carry out soft landscaping for Exeter University had been successful.

Glendale is currently taking advantage of the recent, successful launch of Benchmark Version 7, with over 60 new functional enhancements, and found the savings in time and money a huge benefit in today’s competitive environment. Mike Dennys says “I am very impressed with Version 7 of Benchmark.” With the increasing emphasis on value for money and trimming of costs, Benchmark is more essential than ever.

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BALI Presentations 2011

British Association of Landscape IndustriesThe “Need to Know Guide to Estimating and Quoting”

Benchmark Estimating are set to present the “Need to Know Guide to Estimating and Quoting” in association with BALI at various venues across the UK.

The first is to be held for the Yorkshire/North East Region at 197 Manor Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 1UJ on the 10th February 2011.

Presented by Rob MacDonald and Martin Coles Cost Engineering Manager, the presentation will inform Landscape Contractors how to estimate better, win more projects at the right price and grow your business.

Topics to be covered in the presentation include:

  • Establishing a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Capturing, building and using your cost knowledge base
  • Tailoring estimates to specific site circumstances and market conditions
  • Specifying the conditions associated with your quotation to clients
  • Presenting your quotations
  • Integrating estimating and the site team – setting and delivering to budget
  • Integrating estimating with other business operations such as billing and marketing

Further details can be found at

Congratulations to All BALI Award Winners


Congratulations to all BALI Award Winners

The BALI National Landscape Awards are recognised as the premier awards in the Landscape Industry, Benchmark Estimating are affiliate members of BALI and are proud to have been the official sponsor of the Domestic Garden Scheme – Maintenance Only award which was won by Olivebay.

Further details of the BALI National Landscape Awards can be found at