Bloom Procurement Services has been involved in a scheme assisting educational bodies in saving more than £870,000 for projects to a value in excess of £6m.
The managed procurement solution, which provides a fast, compliant and cost-effective way for schools, academies and colleges to buy and manage professional services, is a collaboration between Gateshead-based Bloom, NEPO (the North East Procurement Organisation) and the Department for Education (DfE).
Bloom is the exclusive operator of the NEPRO³ procurement solution on behalf of NEPO. NEPRO³ is a compliant framework, which helps the UK public sector, including all schools, academies and colleges to buy and manage professional services from a choice of local, regional and national suppliers.
“At Bloom we are using our expertise as procurement and education sector specialists, to provide a fully managed and compliant solution that helps schools to release significant cashable savings to support real educational outcomes,” said Julie Collins, DfE programme lead, Bloom Procurement Services.
“Bloom’s education programme is still in its infancy. However, we have already worked with 179 suppliers, achieving savings of more than £870,000 for projects to the value of more than £6m. If you relate this to frontline members of staff, this potentially can be used to cover the annual salary of thirty-five professionals working in education.”
Adam Jacobs, founder and executive chairman, added: “Our competitive process ensures the best possible value with average savings of up to 19 per cent against budget. With over 20 categories of professional services spend including over 340 sub-categories, we can help all education bodies deliver the projects that they need.”