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2016 - A year in review

2016 - A year in review

As a company we’ve made significant progress in 2016 - not just in terms of our software, but behind-the-scenes, too. We’ve been delivering significant updates to all of our products, providing our customers with more value and ever-improving functionality.

How can the UK construction industry solve the skills shortage?

How can the UK construction industry solve the skills shortage?

Everyone in the UK construction industry knows that it faces a skills shortage. With the labour costs in your accounting software rising and it becoming ever more difficult to fill specialist roles, it’s likely you’ve experienced the effects of the skills shortage first-hand.

Five common sources of inaccurate data in your job costing system

Five common sources of inaccurate data in your job costing system

If you find that your accounting software isn’t providing useful reports and insights, chances are the quality of data input is to blame. In particular, inaccurate data can result in reporting issues, or worse, cause them to present misleading results in job costing.

Five features to look for in an ‘entry level’ job costing system

Five features to look for in an ‘entry level’ job costing system

Software is as integral to your business as foundations are to your building projects, yet the bewildering array of options available to businesses makes choosing your ideal job costing system a nightmare! If you’re after an ‘entry level’ solution for your small business, the decision becomes even more complex. Do you opt for generic accounts systems that will meet most of your needs, or specialist software that might require a greater investment, but will contain every feature you could ask for?

 

Seven cutting edge technologies that could revolutionise construction

Seven cutting edge technologies that could revolutionise construction

If you consider almost any sector of the economy, it’s easy to see how technology has had a huge impact. For example, high street retailers now have to compete with online giants and use self-service checkouts. Twenty years ago, those two technologies barely existed. In the construction industry, we’ve been a little slower to adopt revolutionary technologies. Perhaps the biggest change in the industry is related to software – job costing systems are now the norm, even for SMEs.

How to: remain compliant with regulations during periods of change

How to: remain compliant with regulations during periods of change

Each year, the UK government budget brings regulation and tax changes – some of which affect construction companies. With the recent result of the EU referendum signalling another period of uncertainty and rapid regulatory change, firms are faced with a struggle to remain compliant.

Nine shocking late payment statistics (and what you can learn from them)

Nine shocking late payment statistics (and what you can learn from them)

Despite government efforts to improve the payment situation in the construction industry and elsewhere in the economy, late payments rose by 27% in 2015. The construction industry is notorious for its payment issues along the whole supply chain.  We delve into the harrowing statistics and see if any lessons can be learnt from them.

Five essential accounting software features for large construction companies

Five essential accounting software features for large construction companies

There's no 'one size fits all' software package. For example, generic accounting systems don't work for everyone. In the construction industry, your payment structure is more complex than those used in typical business transactions. Additionally, those basic accounting systems won't offer construction-specific features such as allowing for retentions and applications.

How NOT to use your construction accounting system

How NOT to use your construction accounting system

There's plenty of variation in how your accounting software can be used.  In this article, we explore software 'worst practices'. If you don't want to receive a return on investment, or if you enjoy annoying staff, here's how you should use your new accounting system...

The Dos and Don’ts of software implementation for contractors

The Dos and Don’ts of software implementation for contractors

You didn’t take the decision to upgrade your accounting software lightly – but you’ve decided to take the plunge and upgrade your old system now that its begun to show signs of age.

It took you some time to search through your options and collect recommendations from friends in the industry, but you’ve finally chosen your new software provider and you’re looking forward to the upgrade.

However, there’s a final hurdle to overcome before you can start seeing your software’s benefits: the implementation stage. This crucial period defines how successful the switch is: will it go smoothly and without a hitch, or turn into a disaster that damages your business?

These tips will help you achieve the first outcome.

Construction project management: coping with adverse weather conditions

Construction project management: coping with adverse weather conditions

The UK may not have to put up with monsoons and decade long droughts, nor months of complete darkness, but adverse weather conditions still bring our country to a standstill. Whilst many of our industries operate whatever the weather, in construction, we’re a little more reliant on the elements to complete projects on time.