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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.

Discover powerful entry-level construction accounting software – Construct Express for Sage 50 Accounts

For SMEs, finding construction-specific accounting software that suits your business can be challenging. Eque2’s Construct Express is the ideal first step into construction-specific software, allowing you to run your business more efficiently, productively and proactively, without any complicated switchover or new systems to learn. We’re developing resources to introduce those unfamiliar with our products to […]

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Additional government investment to unlock homes across England

New measures announced by the government to tackle the housing crisis are set to unlock thousands of homes. Nearly £300m in funding is being invested to deliver much-needed homes in Greater Manchester, the West of England and Oxfordshire, Housing Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed. This funding follows a flurry of recent investments across the UK as […]

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Construction industry sees positive growth with rise in contracts awarded

The latest Economic and Construction Market Review from construction intelligence service Barbour ABI indicates a promising increase in the number of contracts awarded in January 2018. The value of new contracts awarded in the first month of the year reached £5.4bn (based on a three-month rolling average), 11.6% higher than December 2017, again showing promising […]

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Standing out from the crowd with modern construction management software: 150,000 jobs predicted

A report from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) predicts more than 150,000 UK construction jobs will be created in the next five years. Released in light of data indicating a stagnant building industry in January and the recent house building slump, the report forecasts 1.3% annual growth for construction output. The 158,000 jobs anticipated […]

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Tips and Tricks for maintaining a successful construction company

Neil Burke Joinery (NBJ), specialise in the manufacture of High Quality Specialist Bespoke Joinery and Cabinetry. Established in 1982 they have the knowledge and expertise to carry out both residential and commercial projects. Below Sharon Burke, Director at NBJ has given us some insight on how to start and maintain a successful construction business.   […]

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Keep your margins on track alongside Sage

Keep your margins on track alongside Sage. With economic uncertainty driving up tender prices throughout 2018, it’s more important than ever for subcontractors to closely monitor margins on every job, so that they can easily track costs and identify when a project is likely to go over budget to avoid unexpected expenditure. Here we look […]

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Late payments hold back the industry: WebContractor from Open ECX can help

Late payments are having a crippling effect on small- to medium-size construction businesses crucial to the sector’s future. According to the National Federation of Builders (NFB), public sector clients, even including central government, simply do not pay on time. This leaves regional contractors and SMEs, often subcontracted via larger construction companies, facing retention payments of […]

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Homes England offers 300,000 new homes: Get ahead with Housebuilding software

A new national housing agency, intended to secure land in desirable areas and support smaller, more innovative housebuilders, has been launched, replacing the Homes and Communities Agency. Homes England will play “a major role” in delivering around 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s, according to Communities Secretary Sajid David. The Chief Executive of Homes […]

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Turn leads into loyalty with Housebuilding module

Lead generation and management can be one of the trickiest parts of running a business, particularly for construction companies. When you’re managing multiple complex projects it can be easy to let customer care slip but, with the right software that can streamline processes and support the lead generation process, you can turn initial leads into […]

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Eque2 In 2017

2017 proved to be another hugely successful year for Eque2 as we again grew considerably and added over 200 new customers to our growing community. In this article we summarise some of the headlines from the year at Eque2. Welcoming New Customers With now over 1,400 customers using our range of construction and contracting software, […]

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Construction industry wins £250m tech, training and productivity boost

The construction industry is to receive a much-needed £250m boost in the UK government’s effort to boost productivity, reports the Construction Enquirer. Business Secretary Greg Clark confirmed the construction industry had won the investment as part of the government’s Industrial Strategy, a planned partnership between the government and the construction industry to work collaboratively to […]

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How will the Autumn Budget affect construction?

In the recent Autumn Budget Chancellor Phillip Hammond, announced many plans that the government have with regards to the construction and housebuilding industry.   The government has recognised the housing crisis across the UK and have plans to build 300,000 extra homes a year. They aim to do this by speeding up the process for […]

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