The ABN business model was conceived in 2011 and commenced trading in 2012. Built by 3rd generation builders, ABN's primary objective is to provide small to medium sized builders with the necessary tools required to streamline and grow their construction business.
Barry and Steve the founders of ABN managed their own construction business for many years before starting ABN. As owners of a construction business they knew very well the challenges that were associated with running a building company. After many years in construction, they wanted to streamline their business to run more efficiently so they could grow the business as well as enjoy a more balanced lifestyle. By analysing the business structure of bigger builders in particular volume builders, the founders of ABN quickly realised that in order to streamline and grow their construction business they would need a lot more resources.
These resources included things like;
- Estimator (Take offs, BOQ's & purchase orders)
- Colour Consultant (Qualified colour consultant to help clients choose products & colours)
- Products Selection Showroom (A venue where clients can choose products under the one roof)
- Marketing Solution (Brand building, lead generation through digital marketing)
- Purchasing (Better pricing through market negotiation)
- Architectural Designs (A portfolio of home designs to market to potential clients)
- Reputable Suppliers (Recognised brands and products that are tried and tested)
- Managed Price Files (Up to date contracted fixed price files)
The catch was that these additional resources came at a considerable financial cost.
Rather than employing full time staff to manage each of these specialised areas, Barry and Steve decided to start a company that would help builders share the cost of these resources. Whether you were building 5 homes a year or 50 you could equally benefit from all these resources.
This is how the idea of ABN was born.
Today, ABN has over 60 reputable brands and suppliers in its network and over 100 Builder Members. ABN has a collective buying power of over 1000 homes per year giving its members big savings on products. It has a comprehensive Product Selection Showroom exclusively dedicated to its builder members and their clients. It has a colour consultant, an estimator and marketing assistant to help builders reduce workloads and grow their business. It has a cloud-based price file management system that can be accessed from anywhere there is internet. It has over 40 architectural home designs ready for marketing plus many more support features.
The tools and services offered by ABN are designed to be flexible allowing ABN Members to pick and choose which service they want to adapt into their business. Since its inception, ABN has allowed small and medium sized builders to have the same resources as a volume builder at a fraction of the cost.
The ABN family continues to grow each month and its founders are as passionate about helping builders grow their business as they were the day they started the business. It is this passion that continues to drive new solutions and innovation into ABN.
ABN is a membership-based organisation that allows small to medium sized builders to access tools and services specifically designed by ABN to streamline and grow construction businesses. ABN Members can increase profit margins, reduce cost of goods, reduce work load and stress and enjoy a more work/life balance.
With over 100 Melbourne based Builder Members and over 1,000 homes built each year, ABN has the buying power to negotiate some of the best rates in the industry.
There are NO lock in contracts or franchise agreements with ABN.
For less than $38 a week (less than what you would spend on lunch every day) you can unlock a smorgasbord of tools and services which include;
- Access to thousands of products which are negotiated and locked in with ABN's buying power
- Access to a Cloud Based price file system
- Thousands of products and prices at your fingertips. Access where ever there is internet
- Access to a Product Selection Showroom (Exclusive to ABN Members and their clients)
- Access to Meeting and Conference Rooms (Conduct business in private)
- Access to over 50 Architectural Home Designs to add to your portfolio
- A full-time Purchasing Manager that negotiates and locks in some of the best deals in the industry
ABN also provides access to additional resources such as;
- Colour Consultant
- Marketing Assistant
- Estimating Services
It's no secret that the building industry is highly competitive. The number of registered builders is ever increasing as new candidates enter the market.
Becoming an ABN Builder Member gives our builders the competitive edge they need to stand out from the crowd.
Ever dreamed of having your own showroom? Now you can with ABN. ABN provides a fully functioning product selection showroom for its builders and their clients. This service allows our builders to treat the showroom as an extension of their own business, where they can invite clients to touch and feel products from over 60 brands and suppliers under the one roof. Normally this type of solution would require a builder to invest a large sum of money setting up their own showroom plus the added cost of rent and staff to man it. At ABN the cost is negligible and included in the package. The showroom is also a great sales tool when meeting up with new clients. Be remembered as the builder who has a showroom.
Working from home or meeting clients at cafes? No problem, ABN has you covered. Book in one of our meeting rooms or conference rooms to conduct your business with clients in private. Feel confident in a professional environment that you can promote as extension of your own business. This facility is located in the same building as the showroom and can be booked via a convenient online booking system.
Why not elevate your credibility as a professional builder by using ABN's qualified Colour Consultant? Your clients will love the attention and advice they receive from an experienced interior designer. Save countless hours compiling color and product specifications by allowing ABN's Colour Consultant to represent your business and finalise all the paperwork. No need for you to hire a full-time staff member for this role as ABN can offer this service on a job-by-job basis and it's all done in a professional showroom.
ABN has a full-time procurement manager whose entire job is to negotiate the best deals for its builders. This eliminates the need for builders to waste time chasing the best deals and securing supply contracts with fixed pricing. Builders would normally pay close to a six figure salary to have a dedicated procurement manager but at ABN it’s all included.
How would you like to increase your profit margins by reducing the cost of goods or pass on the savings to your customers in order to win more work? ABN has over 100 builders in its group and collectively the group builds over 1000 homes per year. This number is constantly growing as more and more builders find out about the solutions provided by ABN. This growth allows ABN to negotiate some of the best deals for its builders members.
ABN has developed a cloud-based portal that enables its builders to access all its solutions online. This includes a huge database of price files from suppliers. This puts everything at the builder’s fingertips allowing them to streamline their building operation.
ABN provides over 50 architecturally designed home plans for its builders to showcase to their clients. These plans are a great tool to attract new business and allow the builder to create an instant portfolio of home designs, which they can then personalise to look proprietary to their own business. Normally builders would need to invest a considerable amount for such plans but at ABN it’s all included in the package.
Want to free up some time? Then why not consider ABN's estimating services that allows builders to hand ball all take offs, BOQ's and purchase orders to a qualified estimator. This service alone saves our builder members countless hours of work, allowing them to focus more on growing their business or using the free time to enjoy with family.
Let's face it, successfully marketing a business has changed drastically in the last decade. Unless your one of the lucky few who solely rely on word of mouth and referrals for work, then you need a marketing strategy. ABN has marketing solutions specifically designed for builders which include Brand Building, Social Media Marketing, Video Production, Website Enhancements, Site Banners, Graphic Design & Printing solutions, plus much more.
Barry is the Director and co-founder of Australian Builders Network (ABN). He is a knowledgeable construction specialist with over 15 years industry experience in areas of building compliance, supplier negotiations, construction management, sales and marketing, education and business mentoring. He has experienced the building industry from many different angles giving him a solid understanding of the challenges faced when managing a construction business. Barry is passionate about bringing innovation and business solutions to help builders streamline and grow their construction business.
Steve is the Director and co-founder of Australian Builders Network (ABN). Steve has construction in his blood. He is a 3rd generation builder who has been active in the construction industry for the past 20 years. His experience brings a wealth of knowledge into the business including in areas of construction management, industry regulations, supplier negotiations and building compliance. Steve’s primary goal is to build solutions for builders to help them grow and manage their business more efficiently.
How much will I save by joining ABN?
This depends on three main factors;
1. How many projects you build each year
2. What percentage of ABN suppliers you choose to do business with
3. What you are currently paying for materials
At ABN our builder members are collectively building over 1,000 homes per year and this number is increasing on a monthly basis. This collective buying power empowers ABN to negotiate some of the most competitive rates in the industry. To find out how much your business can save please contact us for a no obligation discussion. As a general guide the average ABN Member saves between $5K to $15K per project. By utilising all the tools provided by ABN, builders can save approx. 50 hours of work per project.
Does ABN guarantee the cheapest prices?
Not always. ABN only commits to doing business with proven reputable suppliers. The construction industry is flooded with cheap untested products and suppliers which we refuse to do business with. We encourage all potential new builder members to compare apples with apples.
If you are comparing like for like products from the same suppliers, then ABN guarantees you'll get a better deal. If not, we will then hold our suppliers to account.
How do I get access to the price files?
Once a builder has been approved for membership, they will receive a username and password to access all pricing from a user friendly online builders portal accessible from anywhere you have internet.
How much is the membership fee?
Membership is $149 plus GST per month.
Is ABN a franchise?
Am I locked into a contract?
No. There are no lock in contracts with ABN. Members are free to cancel their membership at any time.
What are the showroom trading hours?
The showroom is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday & 9am to 3pm on Saturday via online booking. We are closed on Sundays.
Is the showroom open to the general public?
The showroom is exclusively available to builder members and their clients only.