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How does Bloom work?

Suppliers need to register with Bloom in order to be invited to take part in competitions for Council professional services contracts. In some cases you will be made aware of market engagement prior to the Council asking Bloom to issue invites to tender, where we wish to engage with suppliers to shape our future tenders. You should also still look for notices of Council tendering opportunities on the Contracts Finder website.

When a successful supplier has been contracted, the supplier submits a highlight report to Bloom and the Council via Bloom’s Pro-vide system. This report details the work for which suppliers are claiming payment.  The report must be approved by the Council before the supplier invoices Bloom, who then charge the Council. A diagram showing the payments process helps explain this process.

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Bloom charge suppliers 5% of any work awarded via their system. However, as suppliers find that their costs of doing business with the Council are lower for each contract won, the Council and the supplier should both make savings.

Suppliers of consultancy services are encouraged to maintain their direct communications with the Council, and the Council is always interested to hear from suppliers as part of its supplier relationship management programme. 

To register suppliers should go to: Pro-Vide

See the “Where can I go for information and support on Bloom?” page for more details.