M & J Ballantyne are a long-established, family ran building contractor and housebuilder based in the Scottish borders. In this article, we will explore the key reasons why M & J Ballantyne have selected Eque2’s Construct for Sage 50 alongside EValuate as their job costing and estimating solutions.

M & J Ballantyne were previously using Causeway and RedSky software alongside spreadsheets to manage their estimating and job costing processes. After struggling to use the two solutions and finding themselves unable to closely track purchase orders, record timesheet information and report on their projects without manually updating spreadsheets, M & J Ballantyne decided to seek out a change in software to enable them to benefit from greater efficiencies in their business processes.

Financial Controller Carron McEwen, who had recently joined M & J Ballantyne, was tasked to find a new solution that would enable them to improve their management reporting, reduce their reliance on additional separate spreadsheets and to completely remove the need to duplicate and re-key data.

Carron commented that “At the time there was no reporting happening from our system, we didn’t have any way to track our budgets on projects without having to do it all manually, so it didn’t really happen”.

Carron had asked her former accountancy firm colleagues which job costing software they would advise for her new role at M & J Ballantyne, working in the construction industry. She was then informed about a contractor who had successfully moved from Redsky to Eque2’s Construct for Sage 50 job costing software. Carron found the interface of Construct for Sage 50 highly familiar to the layout of Sage Accounts and found herself able to easily accustom herself to the software from the get-go, making the transition process between the systems simple and manageable.

Following up with Carron after M & J Ballantyne’s selection of Construct for Sage 50 job costing software, she said “We’re all quite excited to get started using it. It looks so user-friendly, easy to navigate and will speed up a lot of our processes that are quite cumbersome at the moment. By using Construct for Sage 50, we are hoping to quickly be able to budget by seeing and controlling what’s being purchased in real-time, giving us more clarity on our projects and allowing us to stop any issues happening before it’s too late.”

By tracking real-time costs by job in Construct for Sage 50, M & J Ballantyne will now be able to minimise unnecessary costs incurred on their projects, allowing them to maximise the profitability on their projects.

Prior to choosing EValuate as their estimating software, M & J Ballantyne were unsatisfied with how their Causeway system was unable to relay their tenders to their cost management software. Carron stated that “One of the main appeals of using EValuate instead of Causeway was that it fed straight into Construct for Sage 50 as when we were using Causeway with Redsky, the two didn’t speak at all.”

Using fully integrated estimating and job costing software enables the seamless flow of data, minimising the need to re-key data between systems. Carron followed on to say, “As EValuate directly sends information to Construct, we’re able to do all the pricing and tendering 100% correctly and have tighter controls on budgets, costs and actual spend.” By seamlessly transferring information from EValuate to Construct for Sage 50, M & J Ballantyne can further minimise any inaccuracies being recorded during their projects that could be caused by human error.

When Carron was asked how she felt her role as Financial Controller at M & J Ballantyne would be impacted by the introduction of Construct for Sage 50 and EValuate, she said “The whole thing definitely makes it easier for me from a financial point of view. To be able to track costs and budget in advance because I know exactly where all the information is in real-time, I know it’s right, we’ll be able to plan ahead more.”

Eque2 look forward to working with and supporting all our new customers on their exciting journey. If you would like more information on how Eque2’s construction-specific job costing and estimating software could help your business, please get in touch to arrange your free non-obligatory demo by calling us on 0161 939 0111 or by emailing us at [email protected].