Providing a community of suppliers with the right capabilities, capacity and experience to meet your professional services requirements.

What we offer

We deliver the NEPRO­³ solution, run by NEPO. It’s a fully OJEU compliant procurement offering that is auditable at every step, from business case, to approvals, to supplier performance. Our role is to manage successful outcomes so you only pay us, and a supplier from our community of more than 6,500 suppliers, when the job is delivered to your expectations.

From small projects to total delivery solutions, buyers can choose to run a mini competition, or appoint a specific supplier. New suppliers are joining our community week in, week out, so if you have bespoke needs, we can new source suppliers to meet them.

And if you need to move fast, Bloom can take you from first contact to professional services on-site in as little as ten days.

Our process begins with your brief, which we’ll help you create, getting you off on the right foot. We’ll then present you with a selection of the most relevant suppliers that meet your needs, allowing you to choose without any sales pressure.  Download our guide to Bloom to find out more.

Our procurement categories

More opportunities for suppliers, big or small.

As a supplier, signing up with us is simple. You begin by using our cloud-based system Pro-vide 2.0, to give us initial contact details about your business and begin registration.

From there, we’ll take you through an accreditation process to become part of our supplier community and once your accreditation is approved, you’ll have immediate access to the countless opportunities we manage for the public sector.

 

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5,500+
projects successfully completed

Transparency and Governance

We know that budgets are shrinking, and evolving requirements mean the need to access expert external advice, often at short notice. But whether you’re a procurement professional or a service user, there are key things that are crucial to delivering any project.

At Bloom, we offer fast access to the most relevant suppliers. With fully transparent governance, robust reporting and efficient budget control, you get the cast iron delivery assurance that’s at the heart of our service.

Bloom is committed to effective governance, so our complete IT infrastructure has been separately certified as part of the UK Government Cyber Essentials scheme.  A growing number of Bloom suppliers are also Cyber Essentials certified.

 

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360+
Public sector buyers working with us

Compliance and Accreditation – a process you can trust

Our rigorous accreditation process makes sure all supplier documentation is in place. It’s all taken care of by us because we are the link between buyers and suppliers. That means everyone can concentrate on delivering the job, not worrying about the paperwork.

With Bloom, you get more supplier choice and control. Through our network of more than 6,500 suppliers, you can confidently support more local and SME businesses, all available alongside the best national providers.

 

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6,500+
suppliers in our community

Get the results
you need, fast

At Bloom, we pride ourselves on getting you the support you need, as quickly as you need it.

On average we can run a mini-competition with consultants in place in around 20 days. That compares to around 100 days via traditional procurement routes.

 

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20
average days from requirement to project start

Giving you real time control

There’s many reasons why control is important in procurement.  You want to control spend and know who is buying, for what and why.

Engaging professional services suppliers can also bring complexity not seen with other categories such as reputational risk and under the radar projects.  This means you need to have a complete picture of your professional services projects and budgets supported by robust governance.

And recent changes to off-payroll tax rules affecting contractors make the need for control even more important than ever.  Our management information gives what you need so you’ll always know which suppliers are working for you, where, for how long, and all in real time.

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20
categories of spend available

Our procurement categories

We offer 20 categories of professional services, with more than 340 sub-categories, so we’re confident that we can help deliver the project you need. Download our full category list for more detail.

Download our Procurement Category List

  • Asset Management & Delivery
  • Business Strategy
  • Commercialisation & Public Services
  • Construction, Design & Engineering
  • Education, Learning & Curriculum
  • Environmental Health & Consumer Protection
  • Environment, Sustainability & Waste
  • Facilities Management & Catering
  • Finance, Audit & Accounting
  • Highways & Transport

  • Housing & Community
  • Information, Communication & Technology
  • Leisure Culture & Heritage
  • Marketing, Media & Communications
  • Organisational Change Management
  • Planning & Development Control
  • Public Health & Wellbeing
  • Safeguarding
  • Social Care (Adults & Children)
  • Social Value & Regeneration

Start your journey with Bloom

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

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

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.

Neil WilkinsonManaging DirectorTorne & Shirmers

We have found that Bloom provides a very effective route to market for our services. Especially in cases where we have worked hard to build a relationship with the client and where a full tender process is inappropriate.

Mark SmithDirectorIgnite Consulting Limited

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.

Nicola Halse Business Development ExecutiveImpeller Assurance & Resilience Ltd

Through Bloom and NEPRO we were able to access the right supplier in a short time frame.

Richard HowroydHead of Strategic Procurement & CommissioningBath & North East Somerset Council

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.

Colin AnsellLondon Borough of NewhamDirector of Commissioning Support Unit

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.

Mark HardingPartnership DirectorRobertson Facilities Management

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.

Neil WilkinsonManaging DirectorTorne and Shirmers

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.

Rachel McBrydeHead of PR and contentGardner Richardson

Bloom offers access to a large community of SMEs including local and regional suppliers. Being able to easily identify appropriate suppliers available from Bloom is hugely valuable to us

South Tyneside Council

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.

Senior Procurement & Contracts ManagerCumbria County Council

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