Construction industry’s own web-based network

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Managing the building administration process just became easier with Bestquote, a business-to-business web application for the construction industry launched earlier this year.

Nelson-based Bestquote is a patented job management and quote gathering system. Founder and relationship manager Peter Marr says company research indicates it may well be the only one of its kind available anywhere in the world.

“The web site’s edge is it brings together building industry workers and related services and material suppliers in one user-friendly, comprehensive and interactive information network,” Mr Marr says.

“The concept is all about trying to make all areas of the building process run better and smoother for everyone,” he says.

He explains how the system simplifies project administration, including quote administration, for builders, architects, project managers and trade and product suppliers.

On registering with Bestquote, a user can set up a business profile in its trade directory. They can upload their business logo and information about their business, along with the services and quote areas they supply.

They can invite other users to join the Bestquote network should they wish to request a quote from a company that is not registered on the site.

In addition, builders, architects and project managers can set up a secure web-based platform filing system for their building projects, including project details and building plans and specifications.

The site allows them to select trades and areas in which they want to get quotes and specify their requirements. They can then select the quote providers, send their quote requests, and accept or reject a quote electronically.

The system also keeps track of changes and variations to the plans and quotes.

Trade and product suppliers receive quote requests with access to project details and the associated plans and documents. They can view the requirements, submit quotes directly and securely to the builder, and get quick feedback on whether a quote is won or lost.

When completed, projects can be archived for retrieval years later if required. The only payment due for using the system is a success fee based on a small percentage of the value of an accepted quote, payable by its supplier.

“Bestquote is designed to give builders a life after hours. It was designed by builders for builders to reduce the countless and often wasted hours preparing and organising their next building project,” Mr Marr says.

He says Bestquote will continue to add extra functionality to the application to further support builders and their business administration needs.

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