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Bloom appointed to deliver multi-billion-pound NEPRO³ public sector procurement solution

Award-winning Bloom Procurement Services has been appointed by NEPO (the North East Procurement Organisation) to deliver the multi-billion-pound NEPRO³ public sector procurement solution for up to eight years.

NEPRO³ is a compliant procurement framework, available to every public sector organisation in the UK.

Bloom, which provides a full end-to-end marketplace solution for the procurement, contract management and payment of all consultancy and professional services, has been the UK’s exclusive operator of the NEPRO solution since its original inception in 2012 and has been successful in winning the third iteration of the contract up to 2027.

NEPRO³ promises to open up procurement opportunities for public sector buyers – giving them access to a constantly evolving supply chain – while providing efficiency savings, transparency and a compliant route to market.

Adam Jacobs, founder and executive chairman at Bloom, commented: “We are delighted to have secured the NEPRO³ contract up to 2027.

“We are living and working in unprecedented times and that requires a focus on innovative outcomes. Spending cuts, the uncertainty of Brexit and the on-going pressure on our public services makes it a challenging time for procurement teams. Yet, there is still a huge opportunity to provide the public sector with a dynamic supply chain of professional service suppliers who can deliver the outcomes, control and value that the public expect. NEPRO³ will enable us to drive change in the way the public sector buys professional services.”

Opening up procurement to SME suppliers is a key aspect of the NEPRO solution. 70 per cent of projects have been delivered by SMEs enabling the public sector to drive significant growth back into local economies and remove barriers previously faced.

Steven Sinclair, procurement & commercial director at NEPO said: “NEPO is committed to driving social value through NEPRO³ and opening up opportunities to SME suppliers is integral to this.  We are excited about the next stage in the delivery of the NEPRO solution. There’s continued growth in the number of public sector buyers transforming how they procure specialist professional services through this ground-breaking model. We look forward to continuing to work with the talented team at Bloom to make sure the opportunity for delivering increased value and better outcomes is realised across the wider public sector under NEPRO³.”