Bloom delivers NEPRO, the fast, compliant, cost effective way for schools to buy and manage professional services

Advisors for schools

We understand that effective schools make the best use of resources, ensuring that every pound is used efficiently to improve standards and have maximum impact for their pupils. NEPRO, managed by Bloom, provides a 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.

With 19 categories of spend available, Bloom helps school management focus on business services including transformation, finance, ICT, HR and provides advisors specifically for schools to help with:

  • Curriculum Advice
  • Facilities Management
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Marketing
  • Organisational and Change Management
  • Safeguarding
  • School management and improvement support

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Benefits for schools

In addition to providing full control and visibility, risk management and value for money, Schools can access:

  • Best Practice: School driven development of specifications that can be used by the whole schools’ population.
  • Management Information: The regular provision of a tailored dashboard providing data relating to usage, project categories, contract awards and savings
  • Cashable Savings

These benefits are all delivered through a web-based platform that is easy to use for non-procurement professionals within the school administration.

Managing risk

We are 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.

School Buyers are helped to define a robust specification for the required outcome. Procurement specialists then manage the invitation to bid, proposal, receipt, evaluation and selection providing a completely independent approach.

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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 pilot in 2014 showed that the NEPRO solution could assist the Council to achieve 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

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