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Wasting hours updating inaccurate contract costing spreadsheets? Discover a clear return on investment with Construct for Sage Accounts

May 3, 2019

In this article, we look at some of the reasons why construction contractors are moving from manual job costing processes to a purpose-built job costing solution designed for the construction industry.

Continue reading below to discover the reasons why contractors are moving away from manual spreadsheets and some of the challenges they face before seeking a professional process. Learn how a clear return on investment could help you and your business with your daily processes when managing contract job costing, subcontractors and CIS, variations and applications & retentions.


Thornbury Surfacing (Chippenham) Limited

Thornbury Surfacing specialise in the surfacing of major infrastructure such as roads, car parks, pitches, playgrounds and domestic driveways. Prior to selecting Eque2, Thornbury Surfacing used manual spreadsheets and Microsoft Word for their entire job costing processes. The business recognised the current internal processes were more akin to a smaller business, and as they continued to grow, Thornbury wanted to remove the duplication within the business, which was causing time consuming efforts and taking staff a lengthy time to complete processes. The business had Sage Accounts in place and did not want to make any changes to their accounts package, calling in Eque2 to demo their Construct for Sage Accounts package, the business ultimately recognised how Construct would streamline processes, remove duplication and the need to manually double and triple handle data.


A J Mechanical Services Ltd

A J Mechanical provide complete mechanical building services to the UK Care sector. A J Mechanical used manual spreadsheets for both their accounting and job costing processes. As the business grew, the company accountant recommended adopting Sage Accounts alongside Construct to help support growth and futureproof the businesses processes. After calling in Eque2 to demo Construct for Sage 50 Accounts, the business quickly recognised a clear return on investment and made the decision to purchase. Having not used any software at all, the team at A J Mechanical are confident that they will find the software easy to use, and now look forward to using the fully integrated solution to manage all their projects, construction billing and the management of subcontractors and CIS.


Approved Power Services Limited

Approved Power Services Limited (APS) provide HV cable schemes including HV duct and cable installation. APS have maintained a successful 10 year working relationship with Balfour Beatty and have work with major UK clients such as National Grid. Prior to selecting Eque2, APS used Sage 50 Accounts alongside a multitude of manual spreadsheets to manage the entire businesses process. As the business continues to grow it became evident that the current processes were no longer sustainable and were more associated with that of a small business. APS suffered from high levels of duplication, which led to wasted time and effort, and errors in the data being collected and sent to final accounts. The business found costing labour to be a very tedious process and were unable to produce accurate real-time reporting to support business needs. After a demo of Construct for Sage 50, the business made the decision to implement Construct and looks forward to freeing up staff to concentrate on other core activities and pull reports instantly aiding business decisions.


S & E Copsey Groundworks Ltd

S & E Copsey Groundworks (S&E) is a Yorkshire based groundworks and civil engineering specialist. S&E previously used manual spreadsheets alongside Sage 50 Accounts to manage their accounting and job costing processes. The business faced numerous challenges from job costing in spreadsheets such as, tracking costs against budgets, capturing variations, creating applications and purchase ordering. The business called in Eque2 to demonstrate Construct for Sage Accounts and recognised how the popular job costing solution would help to overcome the challenges the business was facing, offered a clear return on investment, and how it would save staff time and limit duplication.


Eque2 look forward to working with and supporting all our new customers on this exciting journey. If you would like more information on how Eque2’s construction-specific job costing software could help your business or a friend, please get in touch for your free non-obligatory demo by calling us on 0161 939 0111.

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