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Construction Industry Disputes and Adjudication

November 26, 2021
We explore the main causes of disputes in construction and ways you can avoid conflict.
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What is VAT Reverse Charge?

November 25, 2021
From 1st March 2021, construction businesses in the UK have been included in the VAT Reverse Charge scheme. But what exactly is it, why has it been introduced, when does it apply and what actions should businesses take?
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A Risky Business - Minimising Construction Project Delays

November 16, 2021
Construction projects are a risky business, with delays tending to be an inevitable fact of life. Discover the common causes and how you can reduce the risk of your project becoming behind schedule.
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A Guide to the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) and Relevant Contracts Tax (RCT)

October 28, 2021
This guide to CIS and RCT answers some key questions surrounding the schemes, with links to further sources of information.
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Construction Act Compliance - What the Latest Ruling Means for Contractors

October 18, 2021
A landmark case in the Technology and Construction Court looks to be the first to consider whether those issuing Payment Notices have a sincere belief that the amount stated is genuinely correct. We look at what this landmark court case means for contractors and why process is everything.
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Maximising Margins in Construction

October 6, 2021
It's imperative that construction firms make a profit but for many across the industry, it often seems to be a struggle. For companies anxious to improve their situation and avoid financial problems, we explore 5 possible routes to do just that.
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Behind the Scenes - Angus McAlpine, Head of Partnerships

September 28, 2021
In the first of our new series of 'Payapps - Behind the Scenes', we sit down with Angus McAlpine, our Head of Partnerships, UK here at Payapps.
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In Brief - How to Minimise Project Delays

September 22, 2021
Delays occur in the construction industry - fact. But what's the state of the problem, what are the typical causes of delays and how can they be minimised?
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In Brief - The State of Disputes in Construction

September 12, 2021
We briefly explore the current state of disputes and the most common causes, along with what construction businesses can do to minimise the chances of a dispute taking place.
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De-Risking Construction

September 8, 2021
How should organisations deal with and mitigate risks in the construction process, specifically where risk and technology intersect? We explore the role that digital transformation can play, for improved information and more educated decision-making.
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Construction Payment Management vs ERPs

August 24, 2021
Construction payment management systems and ERPs are two distinct types of software used by construction companies, but what are they and what are the differences between them?
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The Big Six - Managing Risk in Construction Projects

August 19, 2021
Risk in construction can be divided into 6 main categories - read what these are, along with some top tips for mitigating risk.
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WATCH - Webinar Recording with the NFB - Modernising Construction Payment Processes

August 10, 2021
Inefficient and old-fashioned, for many companies making payments can be just as much of an issue as ensuring they receive them. In partnership with The National Federation of Builders (NFB), we held a webinar to discuss the industry’s payment processes.
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Connecting the Construction Workplace of the Future

August 4, 2021
In terms of modernisation and embracing technology, the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated some much-needed changes to the industry with those companies able to adapt quickly already finding themselves with an edge over their peers. But is the back-office lagging behind?
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In Brief - How to Manage Construction Retention

July 27, 2021
Look no further if you want a brief overview of retention in construction - the current process and some handy tips.
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DOWNLOAD - The Contractor's Guide to Retention in Construction

July 26, 2021
DOWNLOAD NOW - This eGuide provides everything you need to know about managing retention and how to get it back, including valuable advice from construction payment expert Rob Driscoll, Chair of the Cabinet Office SME Payment Group.
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The Future of Retentions in the UK Construction Industry

July 19, 2021
The UK has a long-standing battle with construction retention, and Build UK have committed to get to zero retention by 2025. This blog covers what retentions are,their history, the challenges and the potential solutions.
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Advance Payments in Construction - What Are They and How Can They Be Managed?

July 9, 2021
Advance payments, once unheard of within the Construction industry, are starting to become a little more commonplace. But what are they and what is their purpose?
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The Business Case for a Digital Approach to Applications For Payment

July 6, 2021
With the construction industry already facing unprecedented challenges with acute skills shortages, collaboration has never been more important. So how can the pressure be eased? There is a pretty simple solution in the ‘cloud’.
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5 Ways to Save Time and Money by Automating the Application, Approval and Payment Processes

June 29, 2021
Explore what can be done to make payment processing more timely and efficient.
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WATCH - Webinar Recording - 'Connecting the Construction Workplace of the Future'

June 24, 2021
Following construction industry research, Frost & Sullivan provide an analysis of the state of the construction industry for 2021 and beyond, paying particular attention to the digital transformation of supply chain payment management.
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DOWNLOAD - Industry Report - 'Connecting the Construction Workplace of the Future'

June 23, 2021
DOWNLOAD NOW - This 'not to be missed' report details Frost & Sullivan's analysis of digital transformation and payment management in the construction industry. Discover the state of the construction industry for 2021 and beyond.
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A Review into 2021's Construction Payment Practices

June 22, 2021
Payment practices within the construction industry have long been a contentious issue. What impact have recent measures to stamp out late payment actually had and what part has the Covid pandemic played? Digitisation of payment processes is key for real improvement.
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Mental Health in Construction – the Time has Come to Invest in our Greatest Asset 

June 16, 2021
Employee wellbeing is a hot topic - we look at the current state of mental health in the construction industry and some positive examples where firms are addressing the issue to protect their 'greatest asset'.
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The Construction Workplace of the Future

June 8, 2021
The Construction industry is not known for its innovation and when thinking about improving efficiency, thoughts stray to work on-site and what improvements can be made ‘at the coal face’. However a lot of headway can also be made behind the scenes.
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Modernise or Die - The Farmer Review 5 Years On

May 25, 2021
In 2016, Mark Farmer, CEO of Cast Consultancy was tasked with reviewing the status quo in the construction industry. Half a decade later, how much has the industry taken this on board and taken steps to modernise before it is too late? 
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Build Back Better: The Human Capital Challenge Facing the Construction Industry

May 17, 2021
Possibly the largest potential risk to the industry centres around ‘people’ - the shortage of skilled labour, attracting the younger generation, and employee wellbeing. We explore these risks and what can be done to reduce them.
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Vision for the Built Environment

May 12, 2021
Our take on the new 'Vision for the built environment', published recently and describing the future we want - making better decisions now to meet the needs of our future society, environment and economy.
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Construction News and Payapps Partner to Debate the Issue of Late Payment in Construction

May 29, 2020
Late payment, delayed payment, and payment practices, in general, have long been a barrier to growth for the UK Construction industry. Efforts to solve this endemic issue stretch back over 25 years, yet the industry is still struggling to solve this critical challenge.
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Digitising the Supply Chain

September 24, 2019
To many in the construction industry, late payment is a necessary evil. We almost take it for granted that some companies will insist on long payment periods in an attempt to bolster their own cash flow position. As we covered in the last (blog), cash is king.
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Project Bank Accounts – Is 2019 The Year They Are Finally Adopted?

August 28, 2019
Nothing’s ever moved quickly in the world of construction, but recently you get the feeling that with payment practices, we are on the cusp of change and PBAs (Project Bank Accounts) are leading the charge.
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The State of Payment in 2019 - Where Are We Now?

July 24, 2019
With the complex nature of construction, coupled with the manual administration process associated with payment, late payment certainly won’t be an easy nut to crack.
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Managing the Construction Payment Process: Applications for Payment, Payment Notices and the Construction Act

May 21, 2019
Payment has long been one of the most contentious issues in the Construction Industry and is an area often fraught with disputes.
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Challenges Facing the Modern QS

February 19, 2018
Effective supply chain management is key to the success of a construction project. Strong supplier relationships guarantee the best skilled workforce on the job, ensuring key project deadlines are met.
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Do Construction Companies Deliberately Pay Late? Opening Up the Benefits of Timely Payments

September 12, 2017
Are late payments in construction really inevitable, or is there a solution out there that helps everyone win?
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How to Reduce the Risk of Payment Disputes: Automate Your Application for Payment Processes

August 29, 2017
Turbo-charging the application for payment process is not just great for subcontractor relationships, it tackles the scourge of payment disputes in the construction sector.
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Collaboration – The Payment Weapon of Mass Construction

July 19, 2017
The construction industry’s secret weapon is going to be collaboration – especially when it comes to payment solutions.
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5 Signs That Your Construction Business Is at Risk from Poor Payment Processes

June 20, 2017
Many construction businesses – SMEs in particular – may be suffering the effects of poor payment processes. Are you one of them? Here are 5 signs your business is at risk because of payment processes.
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Late Payments in Construction – The Supply Chain Domino Effect

June 6, 2017
Late payments in construction projects put the entire supply chain at risk. What is the solution to this chronic problem?
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Project Bank Accounts – Are Your Payment Processes Up to the Job?

April 25, 2017
Project Bank Accounts (PBAs) are now at the forefront of efforts to speed up the payment process for construction SMEs. With the Scottish Government the latest body to adopt their use, what do you need to know about this important development?
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Why Do 75% of Construction Projects Fail to Meet Deadlines?

February 28, 2017
“Climbing the Curve”, KPMG’s global construction survey for 2015 uncovered a shocking fact. Shocking, that is, to those not already inured to it – only a quarter of projects were completed within or close to their originally agreed construction deadline.
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Construction Payment Processes – What Can the UK Learn from Australia?

January 31, 2017
Can the UK construction industry learn from new Australian legislation on application for payment processes?
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How Are Companies Like Amey Trying to Increase Supply Chain Productivity?

January 31, 2017
Discover how major companies are deploying innovative techniques to enhance their construction procedures and boost the output of their supply chains.
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7 Ways to Attract and Retain Your Key Construction Staff

January 17, 2017
44% of construction firms struggle with construction staff shortages, according to KPMG. And this figure doesn’t even account for the potential impact of Brexit on the construction labour supply. So what should you do? Be part of the 56% of companies that find recruitment and retention easier. How? We’ll let you in on our 7 little secrets.
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7 Reasons Why 69% of Construction Projects Exceed Their Budgets

December 6, 2016
Fewer than one in three construction projects come within 10% of budget. Consider these 7 reasons why yours might be overspending
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Step Away from Excel! Could Spreadsheets Be Reducing Your Construction Margins?

October 13, 2016
Over-reliance on spreadsheets and paper could be slowing down your construction procedures and eating into your profit margins
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