Check out our latest blog posts, which provide commentary and opinions on issues and trends in the construction and contracting industry.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
With the Budget being released last month, new government figures suggest that housebuilding is at its highest since 2007-8 in England. In the past financial year, 217,350 homes were added to England’s housing stock, with supply increasing by 227,170 between April 2016 and March 2017. The Home Builders Federation (HBF) said the figures confirmed that […]
As new technologies emerge and enter the mainstream, the construction industry isn’t always the first to adopt these changes but here is why it needs to be aware of them. The ‘fourth industrial revolution’ refers to advancements in tech from robotics to automated manufacturing, data analytics and VR which are radically transforming every sector. […]
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has released its latest State of Trade Survey, with results indicating a poor end to the year for smaller construction firms in London. We’re seeing a number of contractors review how technology can help them to stay ahead, monitor margins closely and streamline manual processes. The survey, the only […]
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