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Public Procurement Training

Empowering & Transforming the Procurement Professional

Arvo in partnership with IDD Consult offer tailored training to meet the needs of buyers, from those beginning their procurement career through to seasoned practitioners. We develop the mindset, toolset and skillset of public sector buyers to ensure you are armed to deal with the growing demands in your role e.g. risk, savings, technology and compliance


The first step is to assess your current procurement ways of working across 5 different levers – process, people, technology, knowledge and culture, which will diagnose an appropriate Training Plan, leading to appropriate avenues such as workshop training, Certificate/Degree/Masters Qualifications etc. We develop bespoke courses specifically to your needs, built on this initial self assessment of your procurement competencies.


We will empower you and your team to make the process of procurement leaner, smarter, better and develop the procurement department as a hub of trusted advisers for internal stakeholders, suppliers and customers.


So take the next step on your career and provide some brief contact details below so as we can furnish you with further details;

Claim all your Capital Allowance Rebates

Recently, we have worked closely with a business that saves tax for commercial property owners by generating rebates from Revenue, where suitable. This is achieved by extracting capital allowances from the integral parts of commercial buildings, that are not easily identifiable by accountants.

CAPLUS have worked with the Revenue Commissioners to develop the practice and procedure for establishing valuations, using their expertise in capital allowances to provide a streamlined claims process compliant with Irish Tax Law. A large value of allowances go unclaimed each year but these Capital Allowance experts can unlock much needed cash from businesses.

When capital expenditure is incurred on constructing, refurbishing or fitting out a property, there can be substantial tax savings available on the cost of particular installations know as plant and machinery. This category of expenditure covers many items including building services installations of heating and ventilation, hot and cold water, parts of the electrical systems and other mechanical systems. It also includes a wide range of items defined as plant under tax law and accepted practice.


Capital allowances reduce the amount of tax payable on profits and can also provide rebates on tax already paid in previous years. A valuable cash flow benefit can be obtained through a claim for allowances.


Key Points

  • Allowances reduce the amount of tax payable on profits.

  • Tax rebates can be claimed on tax paid over previous years.

  • Allowances are used over an 8 year period at 12.5% per annum straight line basis.

  • Ability to backdate claim over last 4 years provides rebate potential if tax has been paid in those prior years.

  • Best opportunity to maximise relief is historic expenditure where a 4-year rebate can be made with a further reduction in tax over the following 4 years.

  • Cash benefit of allowances depends on tax rate paid by client. It is greater with higher rate income tax payers and lower with 12.5% corporation tax payers.

  • Relief is available for new builds, refurbished or acquired properties.

Correct and Reduce your Insurance Spend

Undertaking some or all of the following tips will reduce your Commercial Insurance Costs. Start today to reduce your insurance premium, increase/correct your cover and ensure maximum claim benefit thereafter.


1.       Make sure your business description adequately reflects all the activities of your business.  In the event of a claim, one of the first areas reviewed is the business description to ensure that the activity giving rise to the claim falls within the scope of your business description.

2.       Calculate your property and business interruption sums insured accurately. Nearly all property insurance policies have an under insurance clause in them.  If you do not have adequate sums insured this clause will apply and any claim will be reduced proportionately.

3.       Clarify the exact construction of your property from the walls, floor, internal floors and roof. If there are any double skin / cladding panels in either the external or internal building, insurers require to know the infill of these.  Find out the age, when it was last re-wired , re-roofed, re-plumbed. People often describe their building as standard construction and this is a vague term and in the event of a claim can invariably cause issues.

4.       One of the main rating factors for property is the fire risk. Find out what minimises your risk and ensure the broker quoting has been given all the information i.e. sprinklers systems, alarms, water tanks, proximity of nearest fire brigade, number of fire extinguishers and/or hose reels.

5.       If you invest in Health & Safety over and above require by law, make sure your  current or potential insurance provider knows about it.Advise them of the training procedures, induction procedures etc that you have in place. It will help show any prospective insurer that you take your risk seriously and actively try to minimise any possible exposures.

6.       Advise any prospective insurer of the Territorial Limits required, i.e. where in the world both your products are used and/or your employees are involved in work.  Many policies only give Territorial Limits for Ireland and Ireland/U.K  only unless required otherwise. Any activity outside of this needs to be advised to insurers to ensure the relevant extensions are provided.

7.       Know your exact claims history. Give detailed explanations of each claim describing the circumstances, date of event of the claim and any changes you have made since to minimise a similar claim re-occurring.

2017 Procurement Research

What concerns have Irish SMEs about Brexit, Trump, Blockchain etc ?
The 2017 Arvo Procurement research was developed to collate responses from Irish SMEs to clarify the impact from Trump policies, technological advances such as Blockchain, plus the true fallout from Brexit. Ratings agency Moody’s recently sounded a warning note about the threats to the Irish economy from Brexit and the Trump administration, particularly as Ireland was the “European country most exposed” to the two factors. The agency says the changing international environment are “key risks” for Ireland’s otherwise improving circumstances, while Brexit could be more disruptive to Ireland than initially thought (due to the hard exit outcome currently being negotiated).


With regards the survey findings;

  1. 100% of the Irish SMEs think that their insurance costs will increase in 2017, what about you?
  2. 26% of the Irish SMEs think that Brexit will increase currency costs and so impact their business
  3. While the top “2017 Priorities” for Irish SMEs are revenue growth and profit growth.;

The majority of Businesses surveyed during this research;

    1. Do not have a procurement function or role within their companies
    2. Do not have a budget for procurement systems and training
    3. While tasks relating to “banking and payments or documentation, order process” are potentials to automate today.


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As always please feel free to contact us if you have any queries about this survey and any procurement challenges or opportunities within your business.