Check out our latest blog posts, which provide commentary and opinions on issues and trends in the construction and contracting industry.
Last month, Eque2 and William Davis Homes joined forces to create a video case study showcasing a day in the life of the team at William Davis Homes featuring their development in Matlock Derbyshire. It captures how the company currently use the complete suite of Eque2’s Housebuilding software to effectively manage every part of the […]
Latest figures from The Builders’ Conference show that the total value of new construction contracts awarded in the UK in September reached the highest monthly total for more than a year. The construction trade association and market intelligence provider reported a total of £5.84bn in new contract awards in data derived from its unique league […]
Over the past decade, the role of the estimator in construction projects has evolved to incorporate wearing more hats which can, at times, eclipse ‘traditional’ duties. Estimators today are more collaborative in style and often have to utilise project management skills, which in turn have a greater impact on project costs and quality. Successful estimators […]
With a growing population requiring new homes and the government’s target of building 300,000 new homes per year, the house building industry is showing signs of good health. There have been great advances in house building processes and materials, and this is being reflected in the adoption of on-site technology. While more manual methods still […]
Construction output in the UK is forecast to hit 2.3% growth in 2019 despite a slight dip of 0.6% this year. The positive forecast from economists at the Construction Products Association is coupled with the expectation that growth will expand by nearly 2% in 2020. This will come as good news for civil contractors and […]
The construction industry saw a substantial increase in plant sales in the second quarter of 2018, reports the Construction Index. According to industry tradition, UK construction equipment sales tend to peak in the second quarter of the year and decline in the fourth. The positive news is that the number of construction and earthmoving machinery […]
MidKent College is encouraging more young women to study construction, in a bid to break down gender stereotypes and boost numbers joining the industry. Figures show the number of females opting to learn about the profession at the College in both further and higher education since 2014/15 has risen from 141 to 216 for 2018/19. […]
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) has been transforming the tech strategy of nearly every industry in recent years but, as our previous blogs have acknowledged, the construction industry is yet to make the most of the tech revolution. A recent survey of over 300 global organisations found that construction companies will be more likely (84%) to […]
In an industry facing economic uncertainty, an ageing workforce and a revolutionary onset of technological innovation, pioneering firms are using digital construction methods to boost profit margins, changing the way the industry as a whole delivers projects. Better connected Connecting the back office and site staff has long been a stumbling block for construction companies, […]
The construction industry has been boosted by a £22m government fund aimed at tackling the current skills shortage, reports the CITB. Launched by Anne Milton, the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, the Construction Skills Fund will increase training on construction sites, encouraging more people to join the industry. The site-based training will enable participants to […]
An industry report has found that an astonishing £2.8bn in bad debts are written off each year by subcontractors due to non-payment – we look at how construction accounting software could help. The study, conducted by Bibby Financial Services and The Vinden Partnership, surveyed 250 UK contractors across a variety of trades to answer questions […]
Minimum pay rates for construction site workers will increase by 6% in a two-year deal. The Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) Working Rule Agreement comes into effect on 25th June. Negotiated by construction unions Unite and GMB, the new deal affects more than 400,000 construction workers and will see their basic pay rates rise by […]
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