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Check out our latest blog posts, which provide commentary and opinions on issues and trends in the construction and contracting industry.

Infographic: 8 reasons to consider construction accounting software

Running a construction business is a complicated, multi-faceted process requiring huge amounts of organisation across people, places and products. With this in mind, as well as the current climate of economic uncertainty, it’s more important than ever before to ensure your construction accounting software is up to the job. The key to a successful construction […]

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Construction workloads on the rise

Construction workloads are on the rise, according to the latest RICS UK Construction and Infrastructure Market Survey. 27% of respondents, up from 18% in the last quarter, reported an increase in total workloads, despite concerns that Brexit could slow down activity. The report also highlights the shortage of skilled labour and its impact on industry […]

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House building by housing associations on the rise

House building by housing associations continues to rise, according to new figures from the National Housing Federation (NHF). 82% of developing housing associations responded to the survey, which aims to gain a complete picture of house building in the sector. The NHF reports 47,709 new homes were started by housing associations in the last financial […]

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North/South divide in construction costs is closing

The North/South divide in UK construction costs is closing, according to Turner & Townsend’s International Construction Market Survey 2017. The research, which examines 43 construction markets around the world, reveals the average construction cost per square metre. But while construction cost inflation in the South of England is set to fall from 3.5% to 2%, […]

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Civil engineering drives construction growth

April saw the highest UK construction output of the year so far, thanks to civil engineering and residential projects. The figures, according to the Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index, reveal a solid start to Q2, with a sharp rise in civils activity (the best performing sub-category in April) and the highest level of residential […]

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House building thrives, according to industry figures

The house building sector is thriving, according to figures from the National House Building Council (NHBC) and the Home Builders Federation (HBF). NHBC reports that 42,470 new homes were registered in Q1 of this year – a 10 year high and a 17% year-on-year rise. Affordable housing has seen a significant growth in registrations, increasing […]

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Confidence grows in construction industry

The latest State of Trade Survey by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) reveals that confidence continues to grow in the construction industry. The research shows that construction SMEs are optimistic about their workloads, employment levels, and enquiries, with 50% of businesses surveyed expecting higher levels of work in the next three months. In Q1 […]

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Great ways to retain staff using construction management software

Staff retention is a big issue in a labour market where skills are often short, but the answer does not lie just in last-ditch attempts to dissuade employees from leaving. In this article, we explore the impact of construction management software on staff retention in the construction industry. While the last few years have brought […]

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Keeping costs under control

Costs are rising in the construction industry, but here we explore how investing in the right construction accounting software can help you take control. The UK construction sector has been expanding in recent months, but the issue of rising costs remains as a negative threat to companies who fail to take the right action. The […]

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Keeping calm and carrying on despite a hard Brexit?

Recent research by Eque2 which explored the biggest concerns amongst senior finance professionals at construction firms showed that Brexit is surprisingly low on the list. It is not that nobody is giving it any thought, but with only nine per cent raising it, it seems that, at the very least, the prospect of Britain leaving […]

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New eGuide: 5 construction tools for making your back office fit for the future

The economic turbulence of recent years has been a major wake-up call for the construction sector in the UK. After the biggest recession in a generation there has been a general recovery, but if anyone thought that the road ahead would be a smooth one, Brexit changed all that, but as yet nobody knows exactly […]

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Brexit turns on the infrastructure investment tap

Brexit may mean Brexit, but it also means the government investing more in infrastructure. Six months on from the historic referendum in which Britons voted to leave the European Union, many are none the wiser about the consequences. While the government has given a deadline of when it will invoke Article 50 – court cases […]

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