“I like things that are intuitive and give me something useful back, and both of those statements are true of Synergy.”

Sam Liptrott | Director (London), OFR Consultants

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Sam Liptrott — OFR Consultants

More time for building amazing buildings

“We want to spend our time making sure buildings work and are safe. The less time we spend on admin and number crunching, the better.

“And that’s what Synergy gives me.”

Role/s in the business

As director, Sam oversees the firm’s projects and manages 40+ employees.

Centralised project information

“Most start with a database and add functionality over the years, like timesheet and expense management. With multiple systems like that, you have multiple logins – security and password management turns into a real nightmare. What’s great about Synergy is that it’s all there in one place and much easier to manage.”

Managing cash flow

“I can see how we’re faring regionally, where we are with cash flow right now, how profitable projects are across the board, and find any areas where cash is coming in too slowly. This is a fantastic way to see overall performance.”

Effective budgeting

“With Synergy, I can see at a glance if there is the remaining budget available given how far along the project has progressed. I can see when, say, 50 or 75 percent of the budget is nearly spent.”

Why we need Synergy

“It’s our project accounting tool but also a customer relationship management platform. Then it’s what we use to do budgeting. It helps us keep in touch with key clients and maintain the relationships that a firm like us really needs. It’s also our expenses system, and the way we track engineer time against projects, progress against spend.”

Core Synergy features used by Sam

Time saved as a result

“We have so many active projects going on, but they are all at different stages of completion. It would be really hard with the old-style corporate systems to be able to ‘fly low’ and see how individual projects are progressing, but also hover up a level and see how things are going in a more macro sense.”

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