How did you find the Members Exchange?
It was a fantastic opportunity for me to be able to learn from others and gain an understanding of how Social Value is applied throughout different organisations.
Why did Bloom choose to sponsor this year’s Member’s Exchange?
Bloom are extremely passionate about social value and it’s a key focus for us as a business. The Members Exchange was a great way for us to engage with organisations and raise awareness of how we can work with and support them.
What sessions / workshops did you enjoy on the day?
There was a great line-up of sessions and workshops throughout the course of the day, but I enjoyed the TOMS model demonstration. I found the presenters extremely engaging and also very passionate about what they do.
Why is social value important to you at Bloom?
Whilst we are a private sector organisation social value forms part of everything that we do. We believe social value is fundamental to the delivery of successful outcomes for our buyer and supplier community.
We work with organisations across the public sector who have their own Social Value objectives.
As a neutral vendor we are able to offer them the flexibility to work with our supply chain which allows VCSE’s and 3rd Sector organisations to compete for public sector opportunities.
What work at Bloom is going on that you’d like to discuss, and what work is going on involving social value?
Bloom have recently been awarded the NEPRO³ Framework for Professional Services and social value will play a huge part throughout the delivery of the framework.
Earlier this month Bloom launched our Apprenticeship scheme. We have appointed four colleagues, three into our Procurement Operations team and one into our Finance department. They will have an excellent opportunity to gain professional qualifications whilst learning on the job and gaining experience.
We envisage the Apprenticeship scheme to be a continuous rolling programme and we plan to take on new candidates on an annual basis.
We are also actively supporting charities, such as Crisis, who are a national charity working to end homelessness. Our staff give up their time to help when they can by getting involved in things such as counting fund-raising money for the charity and baking cakes and selling / raising money.