R M Smith (Builders) Ltd is a familyowned business operating in the north of Norfolk. With over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry, the company specialises in all areas of building work, including refurbishments, new builds and landscaping.

The company was using Excel spreadsheets to track numerous construction processes. As well as being extremely time-consuming, data duplication using Excel was creating reporting inaccuracies and data was sometimes imported wrongly into the Sage 50 Accounts system. The decision was therefore made to implement a system to reduce manual processes and to save the business time and money.

Jack Smith, R M Smith’s Company Secretary, was recommended to approach Eque2 by a business already using Construction for Sage 50 Accounts. He says, “As a single user, my initial thoughts were that the solution may be too big, but I was delighted to find that Eque2’s Construction Lite for Sage 50 solution was perfect for me.

“Eque2 was able to provide all the information I needed over the phone prior to purchase of the software. They were clearly very knowledgeable and experienced, and gave in-depth demonstrations. These demonstrations, along with a quick implementation time of just 2 days, meant I was easily able to very swiftly move forward with the product. The support team were on-hand initially, however due to the intuitive and user-friendly nature of Construction Lite for Sage 50, I haven’t needed the team as much as I initially anticipated.”

Jack’s main use of the software is around the reporting module – he is able to accurately track his retentions and CIS management but most importantly, he is now assured that he can correctly invoice customers and accurately produce contract profitability reports. This is a crucial for the business and Construction Lite for Sage 50 has reduced manualerrors, saving the business time and money.

Jack particularly likes the way the software integrates Sage 50 Accounts and Payroll – he can accurately keep track of outstanding invoices, along with customer and supplier details. He comments, “The integration is seamless; I no longer spend time fiddling around with data exports because there is no manual work needed between the systems, it’s great! Processes that were taking hours are now done with the click of a button.”

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