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BALI Awards – 3rd December 2010


Official sponsors of the BALI National Landscape Awards 2010.

Benchmark Estimating are to be the official sponsor of the Domestic Garden; Maintenance Only Award at the BALI National Landscape Awards 2010 to be held at Grosvenor House, London.

Benchmark’s UK CEO, Mark Rowe says, “We’re delighted to be affiliated with BALI and hope the Benchmark system proves as useful for the landscaping industry here as it is in Australia.”

<>Further details of the awards can be found at

BALI Need to Know Guide to Estimating Presentation – October 2010

Benchmark presents the “Need to Know Guide to Estimating and Quoting”

British Association of Landscape IndustriesBenchmark Estimating presented the “Need to Know Guide to Estimating and Quoting” at the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) North West regional meeting which was held at Myerscough College, Preston on the 28th October.

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

Topics covered in the presentation included:

  • 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

BALI reported the evening as a great success… “The seminar was excellent value for money, extremely educational and informative and exceeded many of our attendee’s expectations. There were many opportunities within the presentation for guest interaction and all guests engaged in sharing ideas and discussions.”

View the full follow up report from the British Association of Landscape Industries.

Charity Bike Ride – 12th September 2010

Charity Bike RideCongratulations to ‘Team Benchmark’ for successfully completing the Bruntwood Mini ‘Ellipse’ 22 mile Charity Cycle-Sportif in aid of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.

New Website Launch – October 2010

As part of our continued growth, Benchmark Estimating are proud to announce the launch of our new and improved website.  Designed to be easy to use and facilitate new online experiences, this website is built on the necessary technology to be dynamic, scalable and efficient.

Work is continuing on the new website with additional pages and resources currently under development.

We would appreciate your feedback on this new website – to do this please fill in the form on the Contact Us page.

Shoalhaven Business Awards, 2009

The MacDonald Group are the proud winners of the Shoalhaven Business Awards, 2009 in Large Enterprise and Business Person of the Year Categories.

Benchmark moves to new offices

Benchmark moves to new offices in Manchester City CentreBenchmark moves to new offices in Manchester City Centre. After refurbishments the team have moved in to our new office space. Located next to Piccadilly Station the new office is ideally located for our clients and staff. Branded in our signature colours of green and grey, we already feel at home in our new surroundings.

Benchmark Estimating at the Road Network Management conference

Benchmark Estimating Director Rob MacDonald will be presenting at the Masterclass of the Road Network Management conference in London on the 12th of June, 2008.

Benchmark are very excited to be attending the event, which will highlight innovation, tackle controversy and showcase examples of “Best Practice” in road network management from around the UK. It will provide a forum for debating the best ways to maximise the efficiency of Britain’s roads into the future.

For more information and to register for the, visit the Road Network Management website.

Where? Barbican Conference Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

New website officially launched

Benchmark Estimating has launched a brand new and improved website. As you can see the end result is a clean, easy to use website that clearly defines the three categories of products and services that Benchmark Estimating can provide our clients.