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Ben Johnson Ltd select Sage with Construct over Xero to manage construction accounting processes

December 14, 2018

Here we look at why Ben Johnson became one of the latest companies to make the switch to Construct for Sage to help streamline their job costing processes and remove the need for manual spreadsheets.

Ben Johnson Interiors is the Fit-out and Refurbishment arm of the business and was recently a finalist at the 2018 Northern Design Awards.

The business primarily used spreadsheets to manage accounting processes, and so initially explored the benefits offered by Sage and Xero. Whilst both options offer robust accounting functionality for general businesses, Eque2’s unique partnership with Sage creates a unique proposition for construction and contracting companies.

Up and until now, construction-specific accounting processes such as job costing, managing variations, WIP and cash flow reporting, plant hire and verifying new subcontractors with HMRC, were being done manually, primarily using spreadsheets. After comparing Sage alongside Construct from Eque2,  the team at Ben Johnson felt that the day to day administration and processing would be far better handled within the popular job costing system, over what Xero with an add-on would provide.

A key reason for selecting Construct for its job costing functionality was its seamless integration with Sage 50, which enables buyers, contract managers and surveyors to insert data only once, to fully track and manage its projects and produce meaningful reports at the click of a button.

Ben Johnson also work extensively subcontractors and were frustrated with having to manually track subcontractor details such as insurances in spreadsheets. With Construct the business can now verify its subcontractors without having to separately go to the HMRC website, Construct will also automatically alert users of any subcontractors without insurance allowing the office team to plan new projects accordingly.

Eque2 look forward to working with Ben Johnson and welcome them to the Construct for Sage user group. For more information Eque2’s job costing software solutions, please contact us on 0161 939 0111 or email


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