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Support for Small UK Construction Firms with Automation and Compliance as Sage Introduces New Apps

Construction firms to benefit from range of bespoke integrated applications from Sage Marketplace.

London, 26th February 2021 - Sage, the market leader in cloud business management solutions, has today announced the availability of several new apps which integrate with Sage Business Cloud Accounting.  These are designed to help small construction and trades businesses streamline business processes and navigate new domestic VAT reverse charge legislation that specifically impacts the construction industry.

The UK construction industry has endured a turbulent year, navigating a labour shortage due to Brexit and supply-chain issues, against a backdrop of coronavirus-related challenges and price increases.  Additionally, from 1st March 2021, construction firms will need to comply with the domestic VAT reverse charge for building and construction services.

To help construction firms remain within the new legislation, several applications fully integrated with Sage Accounting, which is already domestic VAT reverse charge compliant, are now available on the Sage Marketplace. These solutions are designed to relieve the burden of administration by automating everyday finance and people management tasks. These apps enable small businesses in the construction industry to stay organised, keep on top of payments, have full visibility of cash flow, and engage with their employees.

“If you are running a small construction business, the last thing you want to be worrying about is how to comply with new HMRC legislation. Sage and its partners are dedicated to helping small construction firms to automate time-consuming tasks like finance, payroll, and HR, all while staying compliant.  The Sage Marketplace is full of cloud-based apps specifically designed to meet the needs of construction firms, which will lighten the burden of administration and help free up time for owners to focus on their core business,” said Adrian Malpass, product manager, Sage.

The apps are made available to customers via Sage’s marketplace of functionality-rich, native-cloud apps that address specific construction industry needs. The Sage Accounting partner-developed apps now available on the Marketplace for the construction industry include:

Tradify – An all-in-one job management solution built for small trade and service-based businesses that offers a smart scheduler, real-time tracking with GPS and quick quoting.

Quote Onsite - Complete Quote Management solution that allows businesses to create, send and track detailed and professional proposals that are automatically converted to invoices in Sage Accounting.

Construction Manager - Consolidate information from multiple sources, achieving a single solution that offers greater visibility of business operations. You can automate key processes, saving valuable time.

eworks Manager - Manage, create, and send out customised and branded quotes to your customers with a few clicks of a button, and then once quote has been accepted, can be converted into a job so the work can be scheduled in.

CUSTOMER QUOTES:

“We are most looking forward to not having to duplicate between spreadsheets and Sage Business Cloud Accounting. It’s great that the Eque2 software is cloud-based as it gives us the flexibility of being able to manage our job costings and accounts remotely, which is crucial in these challenging times.”

Kevin Hilton, Director, The Russell Asphalt Co.

“We have been using Tradify for over a year now and it has helped so much! In the past we used to struggle to keep on top of enquiries and get quotes out to customers quickly but Tradify has helped us to streamline everything and keep track of all our enquiries, produce quotes & invoices quickly and get jobs booked in faster, it’s been a massive game changer for our electrical business”.

Jordan Farley, Artisan Electrics 

“QuoteOnSite has enabled us to easily build quote templates which are used across 14 different type loft conversions. It has given us structure for our clients’ details and messages/questions, it records and indicates our success rate, and we can invoice off the same platform. Everything is in one place.”

Joe Lucas, Director, Lucas Lofts and Developments

Customers can take advantage of the integrations between new apps and Sage Accounting now. This news is part of a continued wider effort to bring holistic industry-specific functionality to Sage customers via the Marketplace.

To learn more about the apps currently available on the Sage marketplace, click here.

Notes to Editors

  • Under the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS), contractors deduct money from a subcontractor’s payments and pass it to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
  • Sage Accounting is fully compliant with domestic reverse charge VAT included as standard.
  • The domestic VAT reverse charge (referred to as the reverse charge) is a major change to the way VAT is collected in the building and construction industry.
    • It comes into effect on 1st March 2021 and means the customer receiving the service will have to pay the VAT due to HMRC instead of paying the supplier.
    • It will only apply to individuals or businesses registered for VAT in the UK (although it will not apply to consumers).
    • For more helpful information, you can read this helpful blog.

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