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Northern Irish contractor selects Construct for Sage job costing software

August 19, 2020

Cunningham Contracts Ltd (Cunningham) are building and civil engineering contractors operating from Newry in Northern Ireland, five miles from the Irish border. Since being established in 2007, Cunningham has provided design & build, civil engineering, and fit-out services to their customers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Cunningham were originally using Sage 50 Accounts alongside Sage Payroll and were utilising manual spreadsheets to track the budgets and costs associated to their projects.

Working primarily on projects ranging from 1-20m and running with on an annual turnover of 12m, Cunningham found their processes to be highly time-consuming and unable to deliver up to date information on their projects. With no uniformed process in place, data was being passed through multiple colleagues which left them open to error and unable to share data instantaneously. This meant that Cunningham were retrospectively reviewing reporting information and left them unable to meaningfully act to prevent unnecessary costs from occurring.

Operating their business cross-border further complicated their subcontractor payments, having to conduct CIS in Northern Ireland and RCT in the Republic of Ireland.

Cunningham recognised that they needed a new job costing software that would allow them to move away from manual spreadsheets, report on their projects with accurate live information and allows them to track cost codes at a deeper level than Sage 50 Accounts can offer.

Following a call with one of our product specialists here at Eque2, Cunningham were enthusiastic to learn about how using Construct for Sage 50 Accounts would help them to more easily manage their subcontractors in compliance with CIS and RCT, retentions, applications, hired plant, job costing and WIP reports whilst removing the need to duplicate information across multiple spreadsheets.

With the ability to work with up to date information on their projects, Cunningham selected Construct for Sage as their job costing software.

Using the additional Construct Mobile apps, Cunningham are now able to track performance vs budget. The accounts team in the office will be warned at the point of a purchase order being raised on-site, allowing them to track if they are going to exceed their budgeted costs.

Eque2 look forward to working with and supporting Cunningham on their exciting journey. If you would like more information on how Eque2’s construction-specific job costing 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

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