Prima Uno

Senior Project Managers, Project Managers, Sub-Project Managers & Project Engineers

Senior Project Managers, Project Managers, Sub-Project Managers and Project Engineers required for long term roles in our team supporting projects in Cumbria and Risley.

Must have BPSS as a minimum (SC desirable). Must have APM / PRINCE2 & MSP or equivalent and Professional Project Management Qualifications.

Project Manager – Requirements:

  • Excellent communication and management skills.
  • Experience ideally in nuclear transportation projects, essential to have experience in the nuclear industry or other highly regulated industry.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering/Scientific (preferable) discipline field with a minimum of 5 years demonstrated successful experience in overall project management.
  • Relevant experience in an Project Management position, with a track-record of successfully delivering project outcomes on-time, within Specification and within budget.
  • Experience in managing changes in project Specification, schedule and costs.
  • Knowledge of construction or engineering contract management.
  • Experience of successfully managing complex project solutions.
  • Experience in managing the relationship with the client, all stakeholders and third parties.
  • Experience in creating and maintaining project documentation following procedures.
  • Can-do attitude and a strong focus on detail and delivery.
  • A strong track record of project management methodologies.
  • Experience in developing a detailed project plan with the Project Controls team to track progress.
  • Experience in developing Codes of Accounts, Work Breakdown Structures (WBS), Estimating, Budgeting, Cost Performance based (earned value) reporting including Cost and Schedule Variance (CV & SV) analysis and cost forecasting.
  • Performing risk management to minimise project risks and escalate as necessary.
  • Engineering, Procurement & Construction methods, tools and work processes; Contracts Methods and Processes;
  • Knowledge of the NEC contracts.


Senior Project Manager – Requirements:

  • Prepare all project management paperwork in line with processes. Produce an integrated programme plan
  • Lead the project board meeting through to delivery
  • Manage the programme for 5-6 different activities to ensure delivery on time and to budget
  • Individually project manage some of the projects within the programme, others will be directly managed by the teams
  • Preparation and set up of data room
  • Collect all business document and information to ensure level playing field for suppliers
  • Manage other projects internally –bunkering/agency
  • Programme internal process/operational changes
  • Process Time line Monitoring
  • Manage Issues Log
  • Manage Risk Log
  • Manage Actions Log
  • Manage Meeting Requests, Invites and Updates
  • Chase Information from relevant parties
  • Organise Events
  • Keep All Tender Team members up to date on any changes
  • Report on Progress
  • Control Document Storage and locations
  • Keep everything in logical format.

Prima Uno win International Nuclear Services four-year framework

Prima Uno win International Nuclear Services four-year framework

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Prima Uno the specialist project controls, risk management, programme and project management consultancy has won a £2 million four-year framework for the Provision of Project Delivery for International Nuclear Services (INS). This is the first further Competition to be awarded by INS.


Photograph: Sarah Purdham Managing Director and Rachel Starkey Director

The framework will entail providing Programme Management, Project Management, Risk Management and Project Controls specialist services at INS offices in Warrington and Cumbria.  The Framework will be managed by Sarah Purdham and Rachel Starkey.

Sarah Purdham, Managing Director of Prima Uno, said “Winning this framework means so much to me and all of our staff. We can continue our successful relationship with INS on a journey to deliver its long-term goal and mission. Winning this contract will assist in Prima Uno evolving from a Project Controls consultancy into our goal of increasing our service offering in Portfolio, Programme and Project Management. We worked tirelessly in tendering for this opportunity. Winning this framework was a huge target for us as we wanted to make a difference to INS. Our demonstrable experience helping blue chip clients achieve leading performance puts us in a wonderful position to deliver value to INS. Winning this contract will mean we will be increasing our team in Cumbria and Warrington. We have had a recruitment drive these last few months and will employing Programme Managers, Project Managers, Risk Managers, Project Controls (estimators, planners and cost engineers) and subject matter experts in programme governance and assurance. We are also looking forward to employing some graduates and apprentices”.

“This success is down to the exceptional service we provide and the quality of the people that work for us. The whole ethos of Prima Uno is providing a quality service and offering something different. Our behaviours and values are very important at Prima Uno and all our staff embrace them. You are only as good as the people you employ, and Prima Uno employ some very talented people”.

Angie Dean to Leave Prima Uno and join the WOW Centre

Angie Dean to Leave Prima Uno and join the WOW Centre

We are sad but also happy to announce that Angie Dean our Office Manager and Head of Quality will be leaving Prima Uno in September.

Sarah Purdham Managing Director “Angie will be leaving Prima Uno to be the Centre Development Manager of the WOW Centre – Women Out West, at Haig Enterprise Park, Kells.

“I have been happy at Prima Uno”  Angie said “and have learned such a lot in my time here, however the opportunity to develop the WOW Centre and support the women of Copeland and Allerdale in achieving their full potential is too much of an opportunity to miss.”

Rachel Holliday said  “Women Out West is a brand new Social Enterprise to help women in West Cumbria. I was so impressed with Angie’s passion and enthusiasm for the project and I’m so thrilled she is joining our team! I am so thankful to Prima Uno for supporting Time to Change (West Cumbria) over the years, I am sure they will continue to go from strength to strength as it is lead by one of the most courageous inspiring women I know. I look forward to us working together to help those most in need.


We are sad to lose Angie however we think this job was made for her.  Angie came to me three weeks ago saying she could not get the advertisement out her mind and that she wasn’t sure whether to apply or not.  Who was I to stand in her way as I knew what a difference Angie could make to the lives of the women of Copeland and Allerdale.  We are sad to lose Angie, but she has made a difference to Prima Uno in her time with us and I know we will remain in touch. We look forward to seeing the Centre develop and will look forward to taking part in some of the activities she has planned – and of course the cake too!  We will try and support the WOW centre in any way possible.  As a result of this Prima Uno is now looking for a new Office Manager and are reviewing CV’s at this moment in time.  If you think you have what it takes to be our Office Manager please look at the tasks below and get in touch with a letter stating why you would like the job, your salary and include your CV.  Applications can be via email or post.

Summer Newsletter       



I hope you have had a good 2019 so far.

2019 has been a busy one for Prima Uno with targeting new markets outside of Cumbria and working on some large tenders to enable our growth.  The target has been to grow in new sectors, and  we have been non-stop working on multi-sector tenders since January which has been very intense.

We have had new employees join us and engaged with new clients such as NNL, INS and the NDA.

The start of the Summer saw us being successful in securing a place on the Decommissioning Framework at Dounreay with our long-term clients AECOM, NIS, NSG and MW Hargreaves and forging new relationships on this framework with ARC, Westinghouse, Squibb, and Morson Projects.

We have also entered into new contracts with new clients such as NNL (National Nuclear Laboratory), International Nuclear Services (INS) and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) (under the INS contract) and we have been continuing our long-term relationships with our clients.

We have recently secured a high-profile and exciting contract at BAE with a new client, the details of this will be revealed in a new press release in September.

We are delighted to be taking on one of our apprentices Lydia Drummond who has become a key member of our team.  Her willingness to apply herself to every aspect of our work here at Prima Uno led us to put her forward for Apprentice of the Year 2019.  Even though she wasn’t shortlisted she is still our champion!

We have also have Chloe Blinco with us for 6 months as part of the NDA Apprenticeship scheme.  She has been with us since March and had become a valued member of our team and we will be sorry to see her go but wish her well in her chosen career as Health and Safety Advisor at Kinetic Energy Ltd.

Autumn will see us looking for new staff in areas such as Business Development,  Office Manager, Bid Manager, Lab Technician, Proof-readers and Dashboard experts.  Please click on the link for the Office Manager position we currently have available.

Office Manager / Lead Administrator

It has been a pleasure working with the team at Carlisle Airport.  Stobart’s have been great to work with.  As with all our clients we have a wonderful relationship which is based on trust and professionalism.

We are preparing for big changes next year with the new IR35 regulations coming into force.  We will be holding a workshop for all of our limited company owner associates which will be open to other people potentially affected by IR35.

Anyone interested in joining our award winning team please get in touch.

Enjoy the rest of your Summer and I will hopefully see you soon.

We have a big announcement to make in a couple of weeks so please watch this space.

Best wishes


Sarah Purdham

Managing Director

Office Manager / Lead Administrator

We are looking for an experienced administrator, Office Manager / PA to work for this based in Cleator Moor, Cumbria. You will be supporting the smooth running of the office. We want someone who is professional, caring, proactive and someone who wants to make a difference.  This will be a long-term permanent role.

Office Manager Experience

As the Office Manager you will be customer focused and well organised. It is essential that you have excellent communication skills and previous administration or office management experience. A willingness to learn and a passion for providing dedicated support to the team will be the key to success in this position.

Attributes also include:

  • Previous experience as an office manager is essential
  • Experience of dealing with contractors, suppliers and clients
  • Ability to multitask and to stay organised
  • Experience of working with awarding bodies to ensure legal requirements are adhered to
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft packages
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work well under pressure


Key roles and Responsibilities



  • Working in line with Prima Uno’s Standards and Expectations Booklet
  • Managing communication with external stakeholders
  • Complex diary management
  • Managing attendance and admissions
  • Drafting and implementing the practice’s policies and procedures as required and ensure compliance with various legal bodies
  • Responsible for compliance and ensuring the practise adheres to all legislation
  • Assisting with the retention of staff and setting up and conducting interviews, requesting references and carrying our pre-employment checks
  • Dealing with HR duties and ensuring holiday allowances are recorded and calculated accurately, creating personnel files for new staff, Organising / developing new staff contracts, inductions and passes, Staff appraisals and development of personal improvement plans , Organising interviews and meetings
  • Ensuring reception is always covered  and organising cover when required
  • Administering the annual appraisals process
  • General marketing duties including dealing with social media accounts and PR
  • Facilities management such as dealing with insurance, repairs and maintenance, managing IT Support
  • Procurement duties as required to ensure best value for services ranging from IT, Telephone Suppliers
  • Attending conferences and BECBC events with Sarah or in Sarah’s absence
  • Supporting all staff in Phoenix Court office
  • Manage Phoenix Court staff annual leave
  • Manage Prima Uno Calendar – all team
  • Manage emails
  • Look after Sarah’s in-box when required
  • General office management
  • Chair weekly staff meetings in Sarah’s absence
  • Quality Management System ISO 9001:2015 – maintain and conduct internal audits.  Desirable knowledge of ISO 9001:2008 but not essential as we have a QA person
  • Quality Management System ISO 44001 – Implement, maintain and conduct internal audits – Sarah Purdham will manage these, and training awareness will be given although this will not be a responsibility
  • Attend networking events to help promote Prima Uno
  • Assist in marketing campaigns with social media portals etc
  • Assist with Tender Portal management – log on and routinely search for new opportunities
  • Attendance at client meetings occasionally
  • Maintenance of SQEP records
  • Assist in the preparation of tenders
  • New Starter welcome pack
  • P4 Applications
  • Line manager for direct supports


The salary will be depending on experience – 30 – 37.5 hours a week.  Monday – Thursday 8.00 – 4.30am, Friday 8.00 – 13.00hrs


Reporting to

  • Sarah Purdham – Managing Director



Spring 2019 Newsletter



Now that we are through the other side of Winter season (hopefully!) and we are now into Spring, a time for revival and renewal…but we have been by no means hibernating…!  Here’s what we’ve been up to over the darker months…                      

Sellafield SME Forum

Cheryl attended the relaunched Sellafield SME Forum on behalf of Prima Uno in March.  The Forum has been newly revitalised to share knowledge challenges and successes for those working with Sellafield in line with their new Supply Chain Strategy.  

Representatives from over 60 SME’s attended the event which was a platform to share learning as well as an opportunity to build relationships and collaborate with other SME businesses.  The most valuable outputs will be included in the Sellafield Ltd SME Action Plan. 

Cheryl will represent Prima Uno at future forums as her previous working experience and knowledge means she is well placed to offer opinions from SL and SME perspectives.  

Sellafield Directors Forum

Cheryl attended the annual Sellafield Directors Forum took place on 28th March at Energus.  This event gave opportunity to SME’s, like ourselves, direct access to talk and discuss opportunities with Sellafield Tier 2 suppliers so that we could understand what they procure and how we could become a supplier to them.  It was an extremely busy event with over 500 attendees and there were some good presentations too from SL and some Tier 2’s.

Directors Forum



Here at Prima Uno we never take any award nomination for granted and we always feel honoured and humbled to be even nominated let alone shortlisted for an award.  But we believe it is testament to the hard work we put in each day in our endeavours to maintain our uniqueness in what we do and we feel we are recognised as such through these nominations.    Our latest shortlisting for Small Organisation in the Northern Power Women Awards sadly did not see us win (the honour went ConstructionQ and big congratulations to them!) but to be praised for what we do and be up against 900 other nominations in 10 award categories in a national event, we consider this as an achievement in itself!

In-Cumbria HOT 100

Just last week, we were very honoured to find that we were listed in the In-Cumbria magazine’s HOT 100 companies considered the gamechangers that are blazing a trail for West Cumbria!  We are thrilled to have such recognition.




Women In Nuclear 

We continue to support WiN Cumbria in as many ways as possible.  Since the last news letter WiN Cumbria have achieved 2 major awards:  One from the NI Conference in London in January, for Regional Team of the Year Award 2018, and one from the Norther Power Women Awards held in Manchester in March in the Innovation Category.  Prima Uno’s Angie Dean continues to be an instrumental member of WiN Cumbria and represented WiN and Prima Uno on both occasions.  She was also nominated for an ‘Un-sung Hero’ Award.  We are very proud of what WiN Cumbria continue to achieve and we are proud to be a part of it.

WiN Cumbria have also celebrated a very special milestone – their 1st Birthday!  Congratulations!  A day of celebration was held with key note speakers, party bags, balloons and , of course, cake!  Please see below for a link to the video:

You can watch it here Youtube  full link

WiN First Birthday


Carlisle Lake District Airport/Stobarts

On 18th March, we were delighted to announce that we had been selected by Stobarts Group to provide Commercial and Project Controls expertise for Carlisle Lake District Airport.  We will also support Stobart Rail & Civils on numerous projects across the U.K.

The first commercial passenger flight for over 25 years will take-off with Loganair on 4th July 2019 and the airport will connect Cumbria and the Lake District with major tourism and business hubs in London, Dublin and Belfast.

Cumbria and the Lake District receives 41.5 million visitors per year and so the economic benefits of this highly anticipated project are significant

 Prima Uno Managing Director, Sarah Purdham said, “it is wonderful that Stobart Group is investing in local businesses, as well as the Cumbrian and national economy.  We are thrilled that they have chosen our award-winning service and we are looking forward to working with them on this significant project for our region.”


Cheryl and Lydia are now our First Aid ‘Appointed Persons’ after successfully completing an intensive course with First Aid Associates.   We attended some Public Sector Procurement training to broaden our commercial knowledge and awareness as well as enhance our bid writing skills.   Cheryl also attended some Business Development and Sales for SMEs training provided by BECBC (Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster).

Business Admin Apprentices

Lydia, our Level 2 Business Admin Apprentice, continues to do well in supporting Prima Uno and is developing in her role as continues to combine her week with a mixture of work placement and studies and assessments at Gen 2.   We have also recently been joined by Chloe Blinco, a Level 3 Business Admin Apprentice.  Chloe is currently helping us with our policies and procedures as well as undertaking studies and assessments at Gen2.
Corporate Social Responsibility

We take our responsibility to our community very seriously here at Prima Uno, and we have been busy is lots of ways since the last newsletter. Our apprentices Lydia and Chloe are taking the lead on Prima Uno community activities and below are a few things which they are currently involved in:-  As part of the Wellbeing Forum, Lydia and Chloe have been helping work out a programme of activities to mark Mental Health Awareness Week from 13th to 17th May.  They are also taking part in a Sponsored Walk up Scafell Pike on 12th May to raise funds for Mind.  Good Luck Girls! As part of the JASS (Junior Award Scheme for Schools) which Prima Uno part sponsors for Montreal School, Lydia and Chloe are working on a presentation for Inspiration Day on the 6th of June.   They have also supported Kaefer in a fundraising cake sale for the Howgill Family Centre.


Cakes C&L


 Final Words from Prima Uno Managing Director, Sarah Purdham…       

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“I’d like to thank my team for their hard work and commitments over the last few months.  We have some exciting news about new contracts and clients but cannot release any details about at present.  I will be issuing a statement in the coming weeks when I am able to share more”.

So that’s us all up to date with our main news.  As we rapidly head towards Summer we continue to work hard, diversify and collaborate whilst maintaining the personal an professional service that we are renowned for.  We look forward to sharing our latest news and events in the Summer.


Best Wishes from All at Prima Uno!



In-Cumbria HOT 100

We are delighted to be listed at No. 73 in the In-Cumbria Magazine HOT 100 list of companies considered the gamechangers for blazing a trail through Cumbria!



Northern Power Women

We are delighted to announce that Chloe Blinco has joined us on a 6-month placement from Energus. We will be supporting Chloe with her Level 3 Business Admin Apprenticeship with Gen2.

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Prima Uno were honoured to have been shortlisted for the Small Organisation category for the Northern Power Women Awards. Which was help at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. The level of competition was extremely high, and we would like to congratulate Construction Q for winning the award.

We would also like to congratulate WiN Cumbria for winning the Innovation Award. You have inspired so many people with your innovative thoughts and will continue to do so in the future. Well done for all your endless effort, we hope you had a remarkable evening.

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Prima Uno all set for take-off with Carlisle Lake District Airport and Stobart Rail & Civils

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Prima Uno are delighted to announce it will be providing Commercial and Project Controls expertise for Stobart Group’s Carlisle Lake District Airport. It will also support Stobart Rail & Civils on numerous projects across the U.K.


Carlisle Lake District Airport recently announced that the first commercial passenger flight for over 25 years will take-off with Loganair on 4th July 2019. The airport will connect Cumbria and the Lake District with major tourism and business hubs in London, Dublin and Belfast.

Cumbria and the Lake District receives 41.5 million visitors per year and so the economic benefits of this highly anticipated project are significant

Prima Uno Managing Director, Sarah Purdham said, “We are delighted to be supporting Stobart Group across a number of projects. It is wonderful that Stobart Group is investing in local businesses, as well as the Cumbrian and national economy.

We are thrilled that Stobart Group has chosen our award-winning service and we are looking forward to working with them on this significant project for our region.’

A spokesperson for Stobart Rail & Civils added, ‘Stobart believes that supporting businesses local to wherever it operates across the UK is an important part of its growth strategy.

We are delighted to be welcoming the first flights at Carlisle Lake District Airport on 4th July. This is a major milestone that will help attract new opportunities for Cumbria.’


Prima Uno Ltd Press Release – 10th January 2019



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Prima Uno are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for the Small Organisation Award as part of The Northern Power Women Awards, one of the most prestigious awards in the North of England. The awards showcase role models and celebrate the many different ways women and men contribute to a thriving Northern Powerhouse.

The awards have attracted over 900 nominations across 10 award categories and nominations were shortlisted and assessed by 60 judges ranging from independent business owners to senior executives from large multi-national organisations.

Managing Director, Sarah Purdham said ‘I was honoured and flattered to be nominated by the WiN Cumbria team.  Our very own Angie Dean who is a member of WiN Cumbria team has also been nominated and shortlisted for a WiN award.  To have the Company and members of Prima Uno nominated and shortlisted is amazing for such prestigious awards.  These awards really do raise the profile of Cumbrian businesses, the WiN Cumbria division and also our wonderful Cumbrian ladies that make a difference in the industry for the Company, county and their gender. I am so proud to be Cumbrian and hopefully making a difference to our work force in inspiring others to follow and realise their dreams.  None of our success would be possible for wonderful people that work for Prima Uno.  Our values are so important here and getting shortlisted is testament to the people that make up Prima Uno.’



The team at Prima Uno are also absolutely thrilled with the shortlisting and it is a testament to the hard work that they undertake. Jonathan Prowse, Project Controls Lead from Prima Uno Cheshire Office, says ‘I have been with Prima Uno now for over 18 months and I am immensely proud to see how the company continues to grow and make changes across several industries. For Prima Uno to be shortlisted for such an award shows that these achievements continue to be recognised.’

Rachel Starkey, Head of Prima Uno Project Controls for Cumbria said, ‘this is an amazing opportunity, not only for Prima Uno but also for myself to be a contributing factor to the nomination for this award.  To be shortlisted raises the profile of both Prima Uno and myself in the role that I perform within industry and the fact that women can make a difference.

Cheryl Hinde, Programme, Strategic and Business Development Manager for Prima Uno said, ‘although I have only been with Prima Uno a matter of months, I am extremely proud to be part of such an inspirational team. Working for Prima Uno gives me the opportunity to make a difference and I enjoy seeing and feeling us go from strength to strength.’

MP for Copeland, Trudy Harrison said ‘I am absolutely delighted that Cumbria is being recognised on the national stage at the Northern Power Women Awards. I want to send my heartfelt congratulations to the finalists, who are shining examples of what our county has to offer. Having smaller businesses like Prima Uno Ltd and powerful networks like the WiN Cumbria community is helping to ensure our region is a vital contributor to the UK economy, and I look forward to continuing my work with them to improve gender balance in industry.’

Manchester Airports Group, one of the largest employers in the North and a key driver behind the Northern Powerhouse, will be supporting the awards, which will be taking place on 18th March, following their sponsorship announcement earlier last year.

For more information on Prima Uno’s Portfolio, Programme & Project Management services please contact Sarah Purdham