At Bloom our open approach to procurement is unique. We’re free to think differently to solve challenges, offering control, choice, value and compliance
We are Bloom. Our approach to professional services procurement is different.
We specialise in bringing together a community of buyers and suppliers to help the public sector buy professional services better. We’re transforming procurement by opening up the way it’s done, giving the best choice for buyers and more business opportunities for suppliers, big or small.
We were established in 2012 as the UK’s exclusive operator of the NEPRO³ professional services solution, on behalf of NEPO (North East Procurement Organisation). Our business is now the trusted partner to over 360 public sector buyers and over 6,500 supplier organisations.
As operators of a neutral vendor solution, our interests are only ever in the successful delivery of your projects. Being fully transparent in our processes allows our people to concentrate on what matters most – you, your projects and their assured delivery.
Our outcomes-based philosophy is central to our community. By thinking about the ultimate outcomes, rather than the initial demand, we deliver not only the services you want, but the changes you need to see. It’s a different way of working which means the very best value, the end of scope creep and the expertise your projects deserve.
Our expert client managers work with you to understand the detail of your broader mission and then build a brief for you that will maximise results.
Understanding requirements is crucial to matching the right suppliers to our buyers, and whilst we’re fully invested in delivering for you, we’re more than simply a gateway for your professional service needs.
If you’re a buyer or a supplier, talk to us today about how we can work together and keep opening up procurement.
Working with Bloom to access the NEPRO solution has ensured we realise all the expected benefits from a neutral vendor approach in procuring and managing specialist professional services. They are a true partner and are continually looking to improve the way we work and ultimately the services provided by the suppliers.
Bloom was essential in the recent hiring of a consultant for a governance project within oneSource. Through the NEPRO solution, I was able to hire a consultant within 2 weeks of posting my project requirements. I was provided with proposals from a range of experienced and relevant suppliers and received valued support from Bloom throughout the process.
Working with Bloom means we get access to the best choice of small and large suppliers, especially supporting local Cornish Small and Medium Enterprises suppliers. Working with a dynamic and competitive supply chain gives us flexibility, greater supplier choice and access to the latest thinking. Overall that delivers better value for money for the tax payer.
I chose to work with Bloom as I liked the idea of outcome-based projects. It’s so much more efficient, as it’s a compliant process without the need to go through the OJEU process as it’s still competitive. Bloom has many suppliers already available but we can add suppliers whenever we want. Having someone who can help by providing a second opinion; a neutral point of view has been valuable to us.
Through Bloom we were able to engage with Cardiff Council efficiently and help them access social care services they urgently needed in a compliant way.
Due to their robust and wide-reaching supply chain, Bloom is able to identify and access even the most niche suppliers. Bloom was able to provide a speedy and robust solution that would not have occurred to us.
Bloom is a professional and far reaching procurement partner, allowing Torne & Shirmers to reach its target market in supporting the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), Local Authorities, Universities and NHS Trusts throughout the UK.
We have found that Bloom provides a very effective route to market for our services. Especially in cases where we have worked hard to build a relationship with the client and where a full tender process is inappropriate.
We became a Bloom Accredited Supplier following our attendance at the NCC supplier engagement event, this was crucial to Impeller finding out more information about Bloom and it also gave us great exposure to NCC and definitely assisted in helping us win business with them.
Through Bloom and NEPRO we were able to access the right supplier in a short time frame.
Bloom helped us find suppliers in a rather niche market with the skills and expertise we required, which we would have otherwise found very difficult to source.
We have been working in partnership with Bolton Borough Council to transform the delivery of their property services. This close collaboration combined with our expertise means together we have made sure our solution is the best for the people of Bolton.
We were proud to support West Sussex County Council and CAPITA with their annual planning programme and help to deliver the best outcomes for the County.
Being a Bloom accredited supplier offers us appropriate opportunities and improves our chances of being successful. The competition process for the Invest South Tyneside project was robust, yet quick and straightforward and Gardiner Richardson is delighted to have been selected. We’ve hit the ground running and have quickly been able to begin delivering impact and results for Invest South Tyneside.
Bloom offers access to a large community of SMEs including local and regional suppliers. Being able to easily identify appropriate suppliers available from Bloom is hugely valuable to us
The NEPRO solution assisted the Council in achieving our aims of supporting local business while freeing up valuable time for us to concentrate on high value strategic projects.