As Bloom continues to grow, we are dedicated to investing in our technology. Building on the success of our current Pro-vide platform, we have partnered with Jaggaer (the world’s largest independent spend management company) to upgrade and develop a new and improved version, specifically customised to the needs of our supplier and buyer communities.
Pro-vide 2.0 is our new and improved platform which supports NEPRO³ as well as our other procurement frameworks.
NEPRO³ is an OJEU compliant procurement framework which was set up to help the UK public buy and manage specialist professional services, whilst achieving better outcomes and improving value for money.
The NEPRO framework was originally set up in 2012 by NEPO (The North East Procurement Organisation). NEPRO³ is the third iteration of the framework and will build on the successes to date, as the only solution of its kind within the UK public sector marketplace. Bloom has been the exclusive operator of NEPRO since its inception.
NEPRO³ will run for 8 years and was launched on 1st September 2019 – opening up procurement opportunities for suppliers and buyers alike.
The registration process has been designed to be quick and easy. To become a Bloom Accredited Supplier on Pro-vide 2.0, you need to register and complete your basic profile, this includes agreeing to Bloom’s terms and conditions. Your basic profile will be checked by Bloom and you will receive confirmation within 5 working days to confirm your Bloom Accredited Supplier status. This will give you access to all Bloom procurement frameworks.
To be able to win work on individual frameworks you will need to ensure your extended profile is complete; within this section, you will also need to agree to the SDA (Supplier Delivery Agreement) terms of each individual procurement framework.
You don’t need to complete the extended profile section until you receive an Invitation to Tender (ITT), however, we recommend you complete this section early to ensure your profile is complete. You can access the extended profile at any time to respond to the applicable questions for your organisation. Your responses are then linked to questions we may ask in the future as part of an ITT; completing the extended profile early will speed up your response process.
We have designed the Pro-vide 2.0 registration process to be as quick and easy as possible whilst ensuring the process is robust.
During registration you will be asked to confirm your Professional Indemnity Insurance; as insurance requirements are different for each framework and project, you will not be asked to upload Professional Indemnity Insurance certificates until you receive a relevant opportunity and complete the ITT (Invitation to Tender).
You will be asked to provide case studies and references each time you submit an ITT, allowing you the flexibility to provide the most relevant and up-to-date case studies to showcase your service offering. You will not be required to upload case studies when completing your basic and extended profiles as part of the registration process.
The following documents are specifically required for registering under the Construction, Design & Engineering category, these documents are required within your extended profile section:
No. It’s completely free to register as a Bloom supplier and maintain your registration on Pro-vide 2.0.
Bloom will contact you via email when there is a procurement project suitable for you; this is based on the information you have provided within your profile. The questions that you answer regarding capabilities will enable us to match your service offering to project requirements; we will do key word searches to shortlist suppliers based on their capabilities.
Opportunities will be sent to the email address you provided at registration; you can check this in the ‘Edit Details’ tab of your Supplier Dashboard.
Every time you press the ‘save’ button to move on to the next stage, your progress will be saved. Pro-vide 2.0 will automatically generate a temporary password which will be emailed to you. If you do get called away without completing your registration, you can just pick up where you left off by logging in with your email address and temporary password.
You can always amend your registration, and we recommend checking your details from time to time to make sure they’re still correct.
To view the details you entered at registration please go to the ‘Edit Details’ tab of your Supplier Dashboard.
Pro-vide 2.0 enables robust and tailored supplier and buyer onboarding and ongoing management, whilst providing enhanced functionality for spend control, spend management, specification development, evaluation and payment.
Pro-vide 2.0 offers the flexibility needed to evolve and respond to the ongoing demands of suppliers, including:
• Improved functionality for suppliers to showcase their offering to increase the likelihood of being shortlisted, including service offering capabilities, professional qualifications and accreditation.
• Simplified registration and accreditation process, with significantly fewer steps.
• Greater transparency with new interactive and customisable user dashboards.
Yes. That’s because the information submitted as part of your registration process is used during our supplier selection process and may be shared with customers.
The information submitted is used by Bloom for the purpose of accreditation, supplier selection and management information and reporting only.
We will only use your contact details to communicate with you.
Your organisation must only register once on Pro-vide 2.0.
When you register on Pro-vide 2.0 Bloom will capture the details of your organisation and also the details of the main contact. This main contact will automatically become the Super User for your organisation. Once Bloom has activated and accredited your account your Super User will be able to add an unlimited number of users. You can also swap the Super User role to another colleague if required.
It’s important that your organisation only registers once to ensure we use the correct contact details to invite you to an opportunity.
In order to prevent Pro-vide 2.0 system emails from being quarantined by your organisation firewall or spam filter, you are advised to instruct your IT team to accept all emails from “bravosolution.com” , “jaggaer.com” and “bloom.services”.
You can request a DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet by completing an online request here.
The form will ask you to select a legal structure, if you are a sole trader you need to select “Proprietorship”
You do not need to be a registered company at Companies House to request a DUNS number.
Self-billing is a legal arrangement between suppliers and Bloom.
In short, suppliers submit their Service Delivery Plan (previously known as the Highlight Report). Once the Service Delivery Plan has been approved by the buyer, payment terms are triggered and Bloom generates a self-billed invoice on your behalf. Buying organisations raise their PO to Bloom; after this, suppliers are paid by Bloom within the agreed terms. Buying organisations do not need to send invoices directly to suppliers.
It is important that you do not send us copies of your own generated invoices. As a supplier, all you need to do is submit your Service Delivery Plan and once approved by the buyer, we will take care of the rest.
Self-billing ensures the payment process is quicker as it is automated. You can find out more about self-billing on the Gov.uk website here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Through Bloom and NEPRO we were able to access the right supplier in a short time frame.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bloom provided a fast and compliant route to market. Allowing us to promptly begin work on the project and deliver the desired outcomes.