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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.

Planning for profit: The benefits of construction ERP software

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 […]

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Tech in Construction: Attract young staff, improve profitability with House Building Software

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, […]

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£22m to Boost Construction Skills: How Estimating Software Can Attract the Next Generation

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 […]

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An Annual £2.8bn Write-Off: How Construction Accounting Software Can Protect You from Bad Debts

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 […]

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Pay for Site Workers Set to Rise: Job Costing Software Will Help You Manage Budgets

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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Construction Costs Set to Rise: Why Construction Management Software is Vital

Construction costs in the capital are set to rise by 2.8% this year alongside cooling tendering activity, according to a new study by Turner & Townsend. The quantity surveying firm’s International Construction Market Survey 2018 states that, while global construction volume is increasing, there is an overall reduction in the UK. London continues to push […]

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Digitise or die: Why you need construction job costing software

In the construction industry, a new study showed that many companies are still failing to keep up with the latest technology and relying on outdated methods which can impede growth, slow up projects and, at worst, harm profits. As Eque2 experienced during its participation in the recent CIOB programme on ‘Remastering the Future’, there is […]

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Construction experiences rise in single-stage tendering: How estimating software can help

Increased output is reported in construction markets across the UK, contradicting general Brexit fears, and the more traditional method of single-stage tendering is increasing in popularity, which highlights the need for estimating software. According to Turner & Townsend’s UK Market Intelligence Q1 2018 report, several ‘regional hotspots’ have seen an increase in construction output despite […]

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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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