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Check out our latest blog posts, which provide commentary and opinions on issues and trends in the construction and contracting industry.

Rising Costs: How Construction Job Costing Software Can Protect Your Margins

A quarterly survey by the Construction Products Association (CPA) reports general growth in the construction industry, but sends a warning over rising costs. Following a weather-related boost to activity in the second quarter, most of the construction industry experienced growth in Q3 of 2018, according to The CPA’s Construction Trade Survey. During this quarter, 27% […]

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An Early Budget: Prepare for the Future with Construction Management Software

This year’s Autumn Budget was released earlier than usual due to Brexit negotiations and is set to have a significant impact on the construction industry. Overall, the UK’s final Budget as an EU member promises greater investment in the construction industry, bringing welcome news to many companies involved either in minor works or major development […]

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Tech Brings Talent: Construction ERP Software Takes Your Business Forward

Digital technology can transform the construction industry, but only if the sector is equipped with the right skills and knowledge, according to a new report. Unlocking Construction’s Digital future: A Skills Plan for Industry by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) shows how modern technologies can increase productivity and increase efficiency. Furthermore, the report warns […]

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Why Construction Estimating Software is Essential for Today’s Estimators

Over the past decade, the role of the estimator in construction projects has evolved to incorporate wearing more hats which can, at times, eclipse ‘traditional’ duties. Estimators today are more collaborative in style and often have to utilise project management skills, which in turn have a greater impact on project costs and quality. Successful estimators […]

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Gain a Clear View from Site with House Building Software

With a growing population requiring new homes and the government’s target of building 300,000 new homes per year, the house building industry is showing signs of good health.  There have been great advances in house building processes and materials, and this is being reflected in the adoption of on-site technology. While more manual methods still […]

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Rising Construction Output in the UK Made Easy with Construction Management Software

Construction output in the UK is forecast to hit 2.3% growth in 2019 despite a slight dip of 0.6% this year. The positive forecast from economists at the Construction Products Association is coupled with the expectation that growth will expand by nearly 2% in 2020. This will come as good news for civil contractors and […]

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Keep on Top of Plant Management with Construction Job Costing Software

The construction industry saw a substantial increase in plant sales in the second quarter of 2018, reports the Construction Index. According to industry tradition, UK construction equipment sales tend to peak in the second quarter of the year and decline in the fourth. The positive news is that the number of construction and earthmoving machinery […]

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£22m to Boost Construction Skills: How Estimating Software Can Attract the Next Generation

The construction industry has been boosted by a £22m government fund aimed at tackling the current skills shortage, reports the CITB. Launched by Anne Milton, the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, the Construction Skills Fund will increase training on construction sites, encouraging more people to join the industry. The site-based training will enable participants to […]

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An Annual £2.8bn Write-Off: How Construction Accounting Software Can Protect You from Bad Debts

An industry report has found that an astonishing £2.8bn in bad debts are written off each year by subcontractors due to non-payment – we look at how construction accounting software could help. The study, conducted by Bibby Financial Services and The Vinden Partnership, surveyed 250 UK contractors across a variety of trades to answer questions […]

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Pay for Site Workers Set to Rise: Job Costing Software Will Help You Manage Budgets

Minimum pay rates for construction site workers will increase by 6% in a two-year deal. The Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) Working Rule Agreement comes into effect on 25th June. Negotiated by construction unions Unite and GMB, the new deal affects more than 400,000 construction workers and will see their basic pay rates rise by […]

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Construction Costs Set to Rise: Why Construction Management Software is Vital

Construction costs in the capital are set to rise by 2.8% this year alongside cooling tendering activity, according to a new study by Turner & Townsend. The quantity surveying firm’s International Construction Market Survey 2018 states that, while global construction volume is increasing, there is an overall reduction in the UK. London continues to push […]

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Digitise or die: Why you need construction job costing software

In the construction industry, a new study showed that many companies are still failing to keep up with the latest technology and relying on outdated methods which can impede growth, slow up projects and, at worst, harm profits. As Eque2 experienced during its participation in the recent CIOB programme on ‘Remastering the Future’, there is […]

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