Based in Northern Ireland, Oakleaf Contracts Europe Ltd (Oakleaf) operate as main contractors and provide interior fit-out for the commercial, public and hospitality sectors across the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, and the rest of Europe.
Oakleaf were originally using Sage 50 Accounts along with a standalone take off solution for estimating whilst conducting their project costing on manual spreadsheets. The Managing Director was initially exploring the marketplace for a standalone estimating solution. Using spreadsheets, Oakleaf were restricted in the number of tenders they could raise due to the amount of time consumed in their manual process due to the nature of their large projects involving large price lists. This made the handover from the estimating to the commercial team a slow, laborious process and often led to handover details taking 2-3 days to be gathered.
Seeking a solution that would enable them to reduce the amount of time spent handling the estimating process, the Managing Director of Oakleaf then approached Eque2 to enquire into the EValuate estimating software. Whilst comparing EValuate to other solutions on the market, Oakleaf felt that EValuate stood above the rest with the additional features available and with the bonus of being able to seamlessly integrate with their Sage 50 Accounts.
Looking to bridge the gap between their estimating and commercial teams, Oakleaf were delighted to discover that Eque2 would be able to provide construction-specific job costing software along with EValuate, seamlessly feeding into their Sage Accounts. Using spreadsheets for their project costing made reporting particularly difficult for Oakleaf, leaving them 3-4 weeks out of knowledge on their projects. They were thrilled to see how they could get up to date information on their projects instantly with Construct for Sage, allowing them to identify any commercial challenges on their projects.
Oakleaf were also highly interested in the Post-Contract module for Construct for Sage as it would allow their commercial team to manage their valuations and variations without needing spreadsheets. Following a successful demonstration of both Eque2’s EValuate and Estimating software, the MD at Oakleaf selected Eque2’s all-in-one integrated software alongside Sage Accounts to replace their manual spreadsheets and the standalone estimating tool they had been using.
As main contractors, Oakleaf deliver large and complex projects by allocating specialist works to smaller subcontractors. Now using the Post-Contract module on Construct for Sage, their QS’s will be able to send out work to subcontractors with the ability to compare their price offers to the initial estimated costs that were completed in the EValuate estimating software.
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 Sage 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 [email protected].