At Bloom we are making it easier for public sector buyers to deliver on their social value goals through our marketplace.

What is Social Value?

According to the UK government’s Social Value in Government Procurement Consultation, social value refers to the wider financial and non-financial impacts of projects and programmes including the wellbeing of individuals, communities, social capital and the environment. The UK Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 has placed social value as a key influence over policy and procurement decision makers. Challenging them to consider the social, economic and environmental benefits on the local economies they operate within.

At Bloom we are making it easier for public sector buyers to deliver on their social value goals through our marketplace.

Phase 2 Accreditation

Social Value runs through the veins of our business, including our systems, policies and processes. This enables us to measure, manage and maximise the social value we offer our customers.


How we are achieving Social Value

    1. We are embedding social accountability into all decision making via the introduction of operating processes accredited under the Social Value Certificate.
    2. We are promoting the good physical and mental health of our staff via a wellbeing programme.
    3. We are creating Social Value via an engagement programme to contribute to good causes, both local and national, through volunteering and fundraising initiatives.
    4. We are supporting 3rd Sector organisations, to become more sustainable by increasing their financial stability through commercial activity. This is via incorporation into Bloom’s Supply Chain and Resource Pool, alongside training, networking events and on-boarding support.

We’re Proud of These Achievements…

How do we enable the delivery of Social Value objectives?

To date, 70% of projects in our marketplace have been delivered by SMEs and this has enabled the public sector to drive significant growth back into the local economies in which they operate.

In 2019 we facilitated the award of 1902 projects to SME suppliers valued at more than £251 million.

projects awarded to SMEs, with a value of over £250 million.

We embed Social Value throughout our eprocurement portal Pro-vide 2.0.

This has enabled public sector buyers to set their social value goals and agenda for a project, whilst challenging tendering suppliers to demonstrate how they will add social value and support the delivery of the public sector buyer’s objectives.

The Bloom marketplace has a large catalogue of pre accredited third sector suppliers seeking new business opportunities with the public sector. Pro-vide 2.0 also has the functionality to specifically search for third sector suppliers. Bringing the third sector into the marketplace for the delivery of professional services.

Case Study | Media Savvy


Further Reading

Impeller Case Study J C Gill Case Study


The Principles of Social Value

View Social Value International’s guide to the Seven Principles of Social Value:

Guide to the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

View Social Enterprise UK’s guide to the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012:

Social Value in Government Procurement

View a summary of the UK Government’s Social value in government procurement:

Measuring Social Value

As the importance of social value grows so does the need to effectively measure it. Currently Bloom utilise the National TOMs model (Themes, outcomes and Measures). Developed by Social Value Portal, the National TOMs model was launched in 2017 and has since been endorsed by the Local Government Association.

  • Themes– Our “vision” for social value
  • Outcomes – The positive changes that we want to see within our organisation.
  • Measures – How can we measure whether these outcomes are delivered upon.

To find out more please visit:

The Guide to SROI

View Social Value’s International guide to social return on investment:

Procurement Policy Note 11/20: Reserving below threshold procurements

View the Policy Note

In this short video, Paul Mander, Procurement Director at Bloom, is joined by Sarah MacNab, Head of Social Value at Bloom, to discuss the details of PPN 11/20 and provide insight into how Bloom can help your organisation to deliver its required outcomes.

WEBINAR | Building Capacity in Children’s Social Care

Our panel of experts explored the unprecedented pressure on providers, the importance of building collaboration to ease these pressures and the benefits end-users will feel from outcomes-focused commissioning.

VLOG | Digital Transformation

Digital skills are an essential entry requirements for two-thirds of UK SOC occupations. These occupations account for 82% of current online job vacancies. As the pandemic pushed forward a programme of digital transformation, there is now a risk that those without the required digital skills will be excluded from any economic recovery,

A digital divide in the UK economy will result in the least digitally engaged being at a real disadvantage. Helen Dobson, Managing Director at Citizens Online joined our head of social value Sarah MacNab, to discuss the threat the digital divide poses the UK’s economic recovery and the steps the public sector can take to address this.

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