Bloom is the exclusive operator of the NEPRO³ professional services solution on behalf of NEPO (the North East Procurement Organisation).


The solution is a fast, compliant, cost effective way for schools to buy and manage professional services. NEPRO³ is the only professional services DfE (Department for Education) approved framework for schools and academies.

Managed Procurement Services for schools and academies

At Bloom, our proposition for Education is simple: we are public sector procurement experts, so you don’t need to be. We take care of everything you need to deliver your projects on time and within budget. We have deep subject matter, category expertise and a wide and growing supply chain to cover all of your requirements.

We provide NEPRO³ – the cost-effective and compliant route for the procurement of professional services. School Buyers can choose from thousands of providers via a pre-accredited supply chain.

NEPRO³ is the only professional services DfE approved framework for schools and academies.

With 20 categories of spend available, we help school management focus on business services including transformation, finance, ICT and HR. We provide advisers specifically for schools, to help with:

  • Asset Management & Delivery
  • Business Strategy
  • Commercialisation
  • Construction, Design & Engineering
  • Educational, Learning & Curriculum
  • Environmental Health & Consumer Protection
  • Environment, Sustainability & Waste
  • Facilities Management and Catering

  • Finance, Audit & Accounting
  • Information, Communication & Technology
  • Marketing, Media & Communications
  • Organisational & Change Management
  • Planning & Development Control
  • Safeguarding
  • School Management & Improvement Support
  • Social Value & Regeneration

Download our procurement categories list

Benefits for schools and academies – at a glance

In addition to providing full control and visibility, risk management and value for money, schools and academies benefit from:

  • Ongoing support from our dedicated education team to create quality specifications
  • Access to a network of over 6,500 pre-accredited suppliers, vetted against strict criteria, to deliver projects across 20 categories of spend
  • New and previous suppliers can be added to the network at any time
  • A fast, efficient and compliant service; Bloom can take you from first contact to professional services on-site in as little as ten days
  • Manage all projects via our easy-to-use web-based platform Pro-vide 2.0
  • Full control and transparency with regular project updates and reports to ensure your milestones are achieved
  • Management Information via a tailored dashboard providing data relating to usage, project categories, contract awards and savings
  • On average, buyers using NEPRO save between 11% and 19% against budget

These benefits are all delivered through our web-based platform Pro-vide 2.0. The platform is easy to use for non-procurement professionals within the school administration.

Managing risk

NEPRO³ is fully compliant, which means that school buyers can choose from thousands of providers via 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.

What makes us different

We offer 20 categories of professional services, with over 340 sub-categories, so we’re confident that we can help deliver the project you need:

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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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