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How long does it take to get a supplier on board?

Traditional procurement frameworks can take 100 days from requirement to project start. Bloom provides an average turnaround of 20 days from requirement. That’s based on receipt of a complete project brief. Turnaround times differ dependent on the level of support you require from Bloom.

What’s the benefit of working with consultants as opposed to interims?

Consultants are typically registered companies employed to deliver a specific outcome in a defined time period. Interims are usually employed to fill a role, one which could be done by an employee. They work to an agreed job description and are usually paid by the hour.

Working with Bloom to appoint consultants means getting the best value and the best choice of suppliers. This is backed up by supply-chain expertise and delivery assurance.

Just take a look at our simple guide to the consultancy services available on this framework.

Can I hire an interim via Bloom?

Yes. Bloom provides an alternative option for delivering outcomes, for which an interim is typically used.

We can facilitate interim appointments where there’s delivery of specialist professional services. But, agency and temporary recruitment is out of scope of this Framework.

What categories can I buy through the Bloom framework?

There are 19 categories of Specialist Professional Service (SPS) covered by the Bloom framework, including consultancy services.
Just take a look at our category list to see all the consultancy services available on this framework.

Do I pay for use of the Bloom service?

The Bloom solution is typically cost neutral to clients. The cost of the Neutral Vendor service from Bloom is covered in the overall price clients pay to the supplier.

Bloom Ltd typically provides savings of between 5% and 10% against budget.

The supplier community working with Bloom is charged a 5% fee on the successful delivery of a project. For that, Bloom provides an efficient route to market for suppliers of all sizes. With Bloom, large and small consultancy suppliers can access significant public sector contracts without the need for complex tender responses.

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Can I meet or talk to someone?

Of course. Just get in contact with Bloom on 020 3498 9400 or by email to

To understand the procurement process run by NEPO, you can contact the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) directly.

Speak to Adam Smith (Regional Procurement Officer – Professional Services) at or Emma Pallister (Regional Category Specialist – Professional Services) at or by visiting

How do I build a statement of requirements with Bloom Ltd

That depends on how you want to work with Bloom. Our supply chain experts are on hand to help you at every stage of your project. We run a diagnostic with you to analyse your spending and needs. To get started, you’ll need to sign a call-off agreement
If you’d like to fully adopt Bloom we can attend any meetings required, to help inform your stakeholders. Templates are available to help you. Equally, if you’d like to work on a more ad-hoc approach, we’re available to walk you through each project.

There’s also a library available of all the previous projects completed for other member authorities, happy to share their knowledge to help others get started and make savings.

Just get in touch to understand how we can help to get you started.

What governance does Bloom Ltd provide on its service?

To join the Bloom supplier community, potential suppliers go through a full accreditation process, before working on any project.
Our supplier accreditation process ensures all standard documentation. Making sure professional indemnity insurance, collateral warranty, right to work and recent references are all in place.

Every client benefits from a dedicated service delivery manager. We conduct regular updates through project highlight reports, confirming the quality and standard of the services being delivered. Each project ends with a full client satisfaction review.

What’s the escalation process for any supplier performance issues?

Bloom clients have access to our dedicated service delivery team and a single point of contact to assure successful project delivery. If any challenges or issues are encountered, that is the first place to contact to help the project run smoothly again.

We ask clients to complete a full satisfaction questionnaire after project delivery. We have a robust complaints procedure if there’s anything that needs more immediate or senior attention.
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Why is the Bloom approach a compliant route to market?

Bloom was appointed via an open OJEU process, run by the North East Procurement Organisation.

Importantly, our clients appoint Bloom by signing the NEPO call-off agreement. As Neutral Vendor, Bloom then delivers the work using the best sub-contractor, appointed via a work order. That means that although Bloom generally recommends running a mini-competition, direct appointments may also be done.

Direct appointments are compliant via the Bloom framework. That’s because Bloom, and not the Contracting Authority, is making the appointment.

Bloom offers access to a large supplier community, offering a wide range of expertise. But, there are occasions where a direct appointment may be appropriate or preferable. This can include; an existing or niche supplier offering services integral to a project.
Our experience shows best value is achieved through mini competition. On average, it generates a 10% saving on cost against budget.
There are no specific OJEU related rules covering direct appointments via Bloom. So each contracting authority should ensure that this arrangement meets its own guidelines.

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Why should I work with Bloom when I already have a good relationship with my supplier?

Bloom offers access to a large supplier community offering a wide range of expertise. But, there are occasions where a direct appointment may be appropriate or preferable. This can include; an existing or niche supplier offering services integral to a project.

Bloom Ltd can help you to procure in a private sector manner. Typically, this will involve benchmarking processes and target pricing.

Our experience shows best value is achieved through mini competition. On average, it generates a 10% saving on cost against budget.

How long is the supplier accreditation process?

To join the Bloom supplier community, specialist professional service providers go through a detailed accreditation process. It’s all done through PRO-VIDE, our cloud-based system.  Take a look at our step by step guide getting started with Bloom for suppliers.

Registration on Pro-Vide takes less than one hour with all the required documents to hand. If all documents required are available, the process can take as little as 1-2 weeks, dependent on referee response times. Our supplier team and existing clients acting as referees can help accelerate this process.

To get started on a project, we’ll require a purchase order number for the work before it begins.

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If you’re a buyer or a supplier, talk to us today about how we can work together and keep opening up procurement.


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what our clients say about 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.

Abi LindsaySenior Procurement & Contracts ManagerCumbria County Council

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

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