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About Start Software

Start Software is an award-winning developer and leading publisher of asbestos software, systems for the legal services industry and more.

Want to know more about asbestos software Alpha Tracker? Alpha Tracker is the most used asbestos software in the UK, Australia & New Zealand with more than 60m items of asbestos data stored.

Our legal services software Alpha Legal helps will writers, accountants, solicitors, IFAs and estate agents to communicate securely with clients. Read about developments here on the blog.

Or need help with Alpha Anywhere or Alpha Transform projects or software development? You'll find useful info here.

UKATA has published an article about our OpenAsbestos data sharing protocol. It's worth a read!

Our friends at UKATA have published an article about the OpenAsbestos asbestos data sharing protocol.

Read the article on the UKATA website

If you would like to more, visit  

PS You should also ask your asbestos software provider if your asbestos system is OpenAsbestos compliant (Alpha Tracker is, of course!) - and ask them why not, if not! 

The latest Alpha Tracker Mobile app update is available from the Apple & Google app stores

Want to access Alpha Tracker's key features from your smartphone?

Download the latest Alpha Tracker Mobile app from the Apple or Google app stores:

The latest Alpha Tracker Mobile app is now available for download

Using the app you can:
  • access your appointments

  • review your enquiries or quotations

  • review your projects (jobs)

  • create a new client, enquiry, quote or project (job)

  • sign off an asbestos report

  • view the asbestos register at any site
Would you like us to add more features?  Get in touch! (UK or Aus/NZ)

Thank you to Mesothelioma UK's Liz Darlison for a fascinating, educational and inspirational afternoon

Most of the Alpha Tracker asbestos software team visited Mesothelioma UK's Loughborough HQ yesterday afternoon to meet CEO Liz Darlison and to hear about the incredible work that her team does.

Mesothelioma UK supports patients suffering from this awful asbestos-related disease as well as funding research and nursing posts across the UK.  Liz's presentation, over a generous buffet (thanks Liz!) taught us all so much about the importance of working within the asbestos industry.

We'll continue to proudly support Mesothelioma UK and the work they do.  Would you also like to support them directly?  Click here to donate or read this if you are a company working in the asbestos industry wanting to make a difference.

Robin to speak at the European Asbestos Forum - 10 & 11 November, 2022. The topic is OpenAsbestos, a new open standard for asbestos data sharing

Our director Robin is speaking at the European Asbestos Forum in Amsterdam on 10 & 11 November.

Read about the EAF conference speakers here

Robin is introducing a new industry initiative - OpenAsbestos - and how it could make asbestos data more widely available to all, no matter which asbestos system the data is stored in.  Start Software's Alpha Tracker asbestos software is already OpenAsbestos compliant, of course!

Read more about the European Asbestos Forum and how to register here.

Free "get the most out of Alpha Legal" consultations available - just ask!

Are you getting the most out of your Alpha Legal subscription?  

Want to talk through ideas or find out about the latest features in the industry's most secure portal?

Dan and the team are here (hear?!) for you. Give us a call and arrange your free consultation!

Ever wonder how important being asbestos-safe actually is? Read about a day in the life of Jo Hargrave, Clinical Nurse Specialist

We can all get blasé about working in and around the asbestos industry.  

Developing software for the asbestos industry (we have been market leaders for nearly 20 years now - see here) puts us at a distance from the people working directly with the material or those affected by it. We very rarely come into contact with asbestos and almost never meet sufferers of asbestos-related diseases.

This is why our connection with Mesothelioma UK is so important.  They support patients, families, and even provide nurses to deliver treatment and support on the ground.  

Jo Hargrave, Clinical Nurse Specialist

I spotted this blog post on the Meso UK website about "Meso Jo" Hargrave, Clinical Nurse Specialist.  It's absolutely worth a read to understand how she and her colleagues help patients day-to-day.  NHS staff working with Mesothelioma are delivering invaluable patient care in difficult circumstances and with limited resources.  We support all that Jo and other nurses working nationwide are doing.

The whole Alpha Tracker asbestos software development team is visiting Mesothelioma UK HQ on Monday to learn more about what they do and to see how we can help them to deliver the services they provide.  We're looking forward to it!

Another Alpha Legal milestone - 75,000 ID documents processed

We've hit another Alpha Legal milestone with 75,000 ID documents processed for our will writer, solicitor and accountancy clients.

75,000 ID documents have now been processed by Alpha Legal

Can the most secure client portal in the industry help you and your clients?  Get in touch!

Meet the latest asbestos consultancy to switch to Alpha Tracker - Zephyr Environmental are live!

Welcome to Oxford-based Zephyr Environmental, the latest asbestos consultancy to switch to Alpha Tracker from Start Software.

Our trainer visited Zephyr last week to train their asbestos professionals to
  • create quotations for asbestos services (read more)
  • book jobs into Alpha Tracker and schedule using the in-built diary (more)
  • capture asbestos data on-site including plans and photos (more)
  • update asbestos sample results from the lab (more)
  • produce asbestos reports automatically, with one click (more)
  • share results with clients using the flexible client portal (more)
take photos within our Tracker Mobile app

record samples using any Android or Apple device (smartphone or tablet)

produce reports automatically - with one click!

We're looking forward to our partnership with Zephyr - an asbestos company offering the full range of asbestos services to domestic and commercial clients.

Can we help your asbestos consultancy to become more efficient?  Are you fed up with your existing software provider's poor attitude to customer service?  Give us a call!

HSE Releases Mesothelioma statistics for Great Britain, 2022

Our friends at NORAC have just signposted that the HSE has released the Mesothelioma statistics for 2022.

The HSE report is, not surprisingly, a sobering read but also takes an unexpected look at the relationship between the coronavirus pandemic and mesothelioma deaths.

Read the full HSE report here

We support the Mavis Nye Foundation and Mesothelioma UK in the work they do in support of sufferers of asbestos-related diseases.  We urge you to join us and do all you can to support them and their work.

Release 38 of Alpha Tracker is a monster! 600 improvements to enjoy

Welcome to this monster update of asbestos software Alpha Tracker - Release 38! It's the biggest update we've ever produced, with more than 600 new features, performance updates and bug fixes.

Here's a 10-minute video to run through the most important changes - it's worth a watch:

(you can also watch the video here:

The six highlights are:

  1. Much faster login - it will be half the normal time, typically

  2. A new favourites bar for quick access to the features you use the most

  3. Sample barcodes and improved chain of custody

  4. Instant quotes (you'll need to ask us to enable this - it needs a quick template change)

  5. A smoother invoicing process from start to finish

  6. Map scheduling - perfect for busy consultancies doing lots of domestic surveying.
Kim's release notes are live here:  You'll also find a highlights document so that you don't need to read all of the notes to find the best new features!
The new highlights document - a one-pager that's worth reading

Hope you enjoy the update and the hard work the team have put in to get it ready.  

If you need help or have any questions, get in touch 24x7 (UK or Aus/NZ).

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