Effective procurement is becoming more important for local government as we see demand for services increase, while resources are reduced year on year. By using innovative approaches council procurement teams can deliver better outcomes and value for money for residents, as well as maximising social value for their communities.

Many councils and combined authorities are already working with Bloom. Our managed service gives them full control and visibility of each project, a high level of risk management through an outcome-driven approach, and exceptional value, with average savings of between 11 and 19% on project completion.

Embracing The ‘New Normal’ Workplace

There is no denying the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on traditional working arrangements. Organisations across both the private and public sector have had to rapidly evolve and adapt to the new workplace revolution to allow for unheralded remote and flexible working arrangements. While the UK continues to ease lockdown restrictions, there can be no denying the workplace has been fundamentally changed to accommodate new office layouts, socially distant working practices, limited face-to-face meetings, staggered lunch breaks and different start/finish times.

To facilitate this revolution, many local authorities have, or are currently undergoing, a complete organisational transformation. This can be seen not only through a technological transformation, which has better equipped staff to embrace flexible working arrangements, but also through organisational wellbeing efforts to support morale, culture and employee wellbeing.

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Digital Transformation

The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the need for digital transformation within the public sector. This includes the need to mobilise business continuity planning rapidly, and securely implement remote working capabilities. A once perceived medium-term goal is now an immediate necessity to ensure continuation of service delivery.

As local authorities explore digital transformation opportunities that generate cost savings, shared service centres and self-serve options will become pivotal to drive efficiencies. Our supply chain can offer end-to-end solutions from initial diagnostic work, to identify needs and opportunities through discovery and feasibility studies, to the migration from legacy systems and the rollout of self-service tools into local authorities. All of our supplier partners will ensure all data and information processed is handled in a safe and compliant manner.

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Social Care

UK public sector organisations are coming under growing pressure to manage the increasing demand for adult and children’s social care services. Local authorities have been tasked with creating a service that is fit for purpose despite facing significant external pressures and funding constraints.

Our outcomes based model allows us to deliver a fully managed end to end service delivering efficiency and cost savings for your organisation. From initial social care diagnostic work, through to the implementation of new technology and deployment of social workers, our category experts work with you to develop a gold-standard specification that draws upon our learnings across the sector.

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Key Categories of Spend

  • Construction, Design & Engineering
  • Organisational & Change Management
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Information, Communication Technology
  • Business Strategy
  • Finance, Audit & Accounting
  • Social Value & Regeneration
  • Highways & Transport
  • Housing & Community
  • Social Care

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Social Value

We understand our responsibility as we grow to build an ethical, unique and inspiring business. We align ourselves with the core issues and values that matter most to our stakeholders, ensuring that what we do fulfills the needs of current generations without compromising those of the future.

Social Value was the beginning of our journey to sustainability. It remains an integral part of who we are, reaffirming our mission to make it easier for our public sector customers to deliver on their social value goals and objectives through our marketplace. Today, we are proud to call Bloom Essential the home of sustainability and social value at Bloom.

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