Supporting Not-for-Profit Providers to secure Public Sector business by the creation of a 3rd Sector Provider Community from which Public Sector Buyers can efficiently source their requirements.

Through Bloom’s management of public sector frameworks, 3rd Sector Providers have fast, simple access to Public Sector Buyers seeking not for profit organisations to help fulfill their social value goals.

Similarly, Public Sector Buyers can reach an expanding 3rd Sector Provider Community via Bloom: saving time; managing risk; contributing towards strategic policy objectives and the creation of social value to strengthen Public Sector service provision.

3rd Sector Advisors to the Public Sector: expert, specialist, passionate

As well as providing a cost-effective and compliant route for the procurement of professional services, Buyers can, via the NEPRO³ and ADIRA Frameworks, choose to include 3rd Sector Providers from a pre-accredited supply chain.

Commissioning a 3rd Sector Provider creates direct social value, as all not-for-profit organisations have at their heart a social objective: with their generated income being re-invested into tackling their social mission. Indirect social value is also generated, as such social missions often underpin and strengthen the success of Public Sector service provision.

In addition, commissioning a 3rd Sector organisation also provides access to highly specialised and expert advisers. These services are often unique in character and outlook, as the advice and skills supplied are closely related to the mission that Not for Profit Providers care so passionately about.

However, identifying and sourcing such Providers often requires the investment of time and resources, which are subject to many competing demands within the Public Sector.

Bloom can help Buyers obtain professional services from the 3rd Sector across Bloom’s 20 categories, including:

  • training,
  • creation of employment programmes,
  • regeneration,
  • environmental and planning consultancy,
  • HR Services,
  • advertising, design and media services.

In addition, Bloom specialises in sourcing Providers to fulfil highly niche requirements.

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3rd Sector Provider Community Support

So, if you think that there is unlikely to be a 3rd Sector Provider who specialises in the professional service that you need? Then contact Bloom. If not already in our Provider Community, then via our 3rd Sector sourcing networks we aim to seek out organisations who will not only successfully deliver your requirements, but who will also add social value which will enhance your project outcomes.

Managing risk

As the frameworks managed by Bloom are fully compliant, which means that Public Sector Buyers can choose from providers who are part of a pre-accredited supply chain. All contractual obligations are defined and agreed upfront, providing peace of mind, an audit trail and full transparency. That means risk is mitigated and quality assured.

Benefits for 3rd Sector Organisations: fast, simple access to the Public Sector marketplace.

At Bloom we recognise that 3rd Sector Providers are uniquely positioned to add value to Public Sector service provision. As a socially responsible organisation we also want to maximise the social value that we can create through the support of Not-for-Profit businesses. That’s why Bloom is intensifying its focus on adding value to the commissioning process by the creation of a strong community of accredited Not-for- Profit Providers.

Bloom seeks to simplify the commissioning process by:

  • A simple accreditation process, based on Provider self-certification of capabilities.
  • Standardisation of procurement practice, including the re-use of Provider details, references and case studies.
  • Shortening of the timescales and administration involved in securing Public sector business.

Registering with the Bloom community is free for Providers. It’s also free to get accredited and to bid for opportunities.

Register as a supplier

As part of the 3rd Sector Provider community, we’ll put forward your organisation for inclusion on quotation and tender shortlists by UK Public Sector buyers.  We’ll also be promoting the provision of Professional Services by the 3rd Sector generally, in sourcing discussions, networking and events with the UK Public Sector. Plus, we’ll be engaging with our 3rd Sector networks to support Providers in the provision of professional services. Including helping to identify gaps in the marketplace and therefore the potential for organisations to create new service capabilities and create income to support their wider social goals.

As a member of Bloom’s 3rd Sector Provider community, you’ll also be sent details of opportunities via our Pro-Vide 2.0 system, and you can choose whether to participate or not.  You can also promote Bloom to your existing Public Sector clients and advertise that you are accredited.

Bloom charges a framework management fee for the project management and administration that we deliver. This fee is included in the overall price that customers pay to Providers. The services provided by Bloom include Provider accreditation, sourcing Providers for the shortlist, administering the procurement process, helping the buyer select the right Provider for the outcome, ensuring smooth project delivery and the administration of invoicing for payment.

Overall Bloom seeks to support Providers and Buyers in efficient and effective souring practice, that also adds social value to benefit of all participants and society as a whole.

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Public sector buyers working with Bloom


Carlisle City Council logo
Cherwell District Council logo
Cheshire East Council logo
Coventry City Council logo
Direct Rail Service logo
Exeter City Council logo
Havering London Borough Council logo
Newcastle City Council logo
Newham London logo
Salford City Council logo
South Tyneside Council logo
South Tyneside Homes logo
Unity Partnership logo
University of Sussex logo

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What our clients say about us


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.

Darren KnowdChief Procurement OfficerDurham County Council

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.

Jane WestManaging DirectoroneSource

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.

Kieran ToppingService Director – Commercial ServicesCornwall Council

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.

Ariana BeattyVFM Commercial Contract & Risk Management ManagerUniversity of Sussex

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.

Sarah PopeManaging DirectorRT Group

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.

Hassan IqbalStrategic Business PartneroneSource

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.

Neil WilkinsonManaging DirectorTorne & Shirmers

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.

Mark SmithDirectorIgnite Consulting Limited

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.

Nicola Halse Business Development ExecutiveImpeller Assurance & Resilience Ltd

Through Bloom and NEPRO we were able to access the right supplier in a short time frame.

Richard HowroydHead of Strategic Procurement & CommissioningBath & North East Somerset Council

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.

Colin AnsellLondon Borough of NewhamDirector of Commissioning Support Unit

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.

Mark HardingPartnership DirectorRobertson Facilities Management

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.

Neil WilkinsonManaging DirectorTorne and Shirmers

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.

Rachel McBrydeHead of PR and contentGardner Richardson

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

South Tyneside Council

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.

Senior Procurement & Contracts ManagerCumbria County Council

Bloom provided a fast and compliant route to market. Allowing us to promptly begin work on the project and deliver the desired outcomes.

Julie GillDirector J C Gill and Co Limited

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