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





Prima Uno is pleased to announce that we have passed our 2nd stage audit for ISO 44001 Collaborative Business Relationship Management Systems.  We have now been recommended for certification by the LRQA.  This follows on from our successful completion of stage 1 in July 2018.

We are extremely proud at Prima Uno to be recommended for this accreditation and believe that we are one of the first companies in West Cumbria to achieve this status.

Sarah Purdham, Prima Uno Managing Director said “to say I am delighted about us achieving the final stage in achieving our ISO 44001 Certification is an understatement.  It has been a very intense few months, with long hours and pain staking self-audits.  Angie Dean our Head of Quality has worked tirelessly on helping us achieve this.  It does not mean a piece of paper or a box ticking exercise to us.  To me it feels like we are growing up as a business and maturing into an organisation with a highly defined business management system, quality management system and highly defined processes and procedures.  We mean business.  We now have a mature and efficient business delivery model.  We have restructured our lead team with new lead members also coming to join us in the coming months.  We have undertaken a full financial audit this year and had a good look at ourselves and looked at how we can grow, be sustainable but work in a professional and collaborative way.  2018 has been a very successful year for Prima Uno and we have grown in many areas.  Our values are so important to us and achieving this accreditation is another business objective for 2018. Thank you to everyone who has supported us this year.”

What is ISO 44001?

ISO 44001 defines the requirements of a strategic lifecycle framework in order to improve collaborative business relationships; focussing on behaviours, culture and management processes.  It is applicable to organisations of any size.

Have you considered applying ISO 44001 to your organisation?

How could Prima Uno help you?

  • Identify the risk and opportunities associated with collaborative working
  • Demonstrate how implementing ISO 44001 will improve your internal culture
  • Develop your management system to align with ISO 44001 requirements
  • Provide support every step of the way to your own ISO 44001 accreditation


 Want to know more? 

If you are a BECBC member, come along to our free workshop, talk to us about how we did it and learn from our experiences.

 When and Where?

Thursday October 25th 2018, 9.30am – 2.00pm at the Hunday Manor Hotel Workington.  Please see BECBC website for booking details.

Prima Uno Announce new Employees and Senior Management Re-structure

Press Release  

Prima Uno Announce new Employees and Senior Management Re-structure

Prima Uno the specialist Project Controls, Project and Programme Management Consultancy (a BECBC member), has announced they have re-structured the company and also gained two new lead team members to strengthen the existing North West team.  The recent new recruits for Prima Uno are:

  • Cheryl Hinde – Programme, Strategic and Business Development Manager
  • Jonathan Pearce – Lead Project Controls


Cheryl Hinde – is a proven professional with an outstanding knowledge of the nuclear industry, a member of Women in Nuclear Cumbria and a member of the Nuclear Institute.  Cheryl has extensive project controls, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement and programme management experience.  She has joined Prima Uno to assist the company in it’s growth and undertake specialist assignments in strategic planning, new nuclear build and programme management.  Cheryl will also help Prima Uno gain Axelos accreditation in P3M3 and MSP and to develop and launch the new Strategic Line of Sight Planning tool.

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Jonathan Pearce – is a highly respected Planning and Lead Project Controls professional.  Jonathan has vast experience of planning, project controls and risk in the nuclear sector.  We are delighted to have someone of Jonathan’s calibre joining our growing team.  Jonathan is working on frameworks and will also be developing services in our forensic and business intelligence lab.

To complement the re-structuring Rachel Starkey and Angie Dean have also moved into lead positions within the company.  Rachel a Project Controls Manager and Director is now Head of Project Controls for Cumbria and Angie, who joined as Office Manager, is now also Head of Quality.  In addition, Jonathan Prowse is also diversifying his role at Prima Uno.

Rachel Starkey has exceptional skills throughout the project controls disciplines including estimating, cost engineering, risk and planning.  Rachel has also worked on several high profile nuclear, civil and water projects and extension of time claims.


Angie Dean – Angie is a STEM and FIR ambassador and also a member of the Women in Nuclear Cumbria team and the Nuclear Institute.  Angie, who is passionate about quality and has over 20 years experience, is now looking after the new service offering that Prima Uno provides in supporting other companies to achieve both the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 44001:2017 certification.


Jonathan Prowse – As his career goes from strength to strength, Jonathan is working with various clients such as NIS who we have a wonderful relationship with.  Jon has exceptional knowledge of the NEC contract and is also assisting Cheryl in developing our new Strategic Line of Sight Planning tool.  Jon has recently undertaken some business development activities with success.

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Sarah Purdham MD of Prima Uno added “Due to the rapid growth of the business in the last few years it is necessary to move up a gear and strengthen our senior management structure.   Due to diversification, expansion and new services, the company has been re-structured. We are now looking after more clients across the UK and targeting new sectors and clients.  It is also a great opportunity for our younger members of staff to learn from a new team and company structure.  We are absolutely delighted to have Cheryl and Jonathan on board.  My team are terrific assets to Prima Uno and watching them grow within the company is wonderful. We are lucky to have a such a dedicated group of people at Prima Uno and every member of staff shares the same values of professionalism, honesty, respect and caring.  Values and behaviours are so important to Prima Uno, they are the heart of the business, as are our people”

Since Prima Uno was established in 2012, it’s main aim has been to develop the business into a nationally respected specialist consultancy.  Prima Uno prides itself on maintaining it’s own standards of professional development and examples of this are the recent identification of a FIR Ambassador for Fairness, Inclusion and Respect and a Mental Health First Aider.  Both appointments demonstrate a commitment to Prima Uno’s concern for the health, safety and welfare of their employees.

For more information about the services Prima Uno provide, visit  or contact Sarah Purdham on 07515  431245.


Women in Nuclear Cumbria Launch

On the 8th of March Sarah Purdham was delighted to be a guest speaker at the launch event of Cumbria WiN. It was a fantastic event where like minded people came together to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion within the nuclear industry. Other guest speakers included Dorothy Gradden OBE of Sellafield Sited LTD and Alison McDermott, MD Interim Diversity LTD.


New offering

Prima Uno are pleased to announce a new offering of a Quality Management Consultancy Service with regards to ISO 9001:2015. This covers the implementation, maintenance and auditing of the standard. In addition to this we are pleased to offer support to companies wishing to achieve ISO 44001:2017 Collaborative Business Relationship Management Systems.

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Women in Nuclear Cumbria to launch on International Women’s Day

Prima Uno were delighted and honoured to have won the BECBC Growing Business of the Year and Managing Director Sarah Purdham won Business Person of the Year Award.


Sarah Purdham MD – ‘To win these awards is an absolute honour for myself and Prima Uno.  It is a pat on the back and recognition for all the hard work we have done. 2017 has been the hardest but the most successful of Prima Uno and that is testament to the people that work here.  I would like to wholeheartedly thank my staff and my clients.

Our whole ethos at Prima Uno is be professional, help each other – team work, hard work, trust, caring, honesty, have pride in our work, inspire one another, be professional at all times and care for each other. We flow these values down to our clients.

2018 is expected to be an exciting year for us we are planning to gain accreditation for ISO 44001:2017 for Collaborative Business Relationship Management Systems, we are also hoping to become an Axelos Consulting Partner with P3M3 and become an accredited organisation with APMG for MSP.  We are making inroads into new sectors and offering new services.

We are looking to continue to forge existing relationships and make new business collaborations.’

Prima Uno provide services in the following:

Project Controls

Subject matter experts in Project Controls this is our primary service.  We currently have 31 people in the North West working under NDA, SLC, LLWR procedures. We are also experts in Project Controls and risk management bid management and bid writing.

  • Estimating
  • Cost Engineering
  • Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Project Controls Maturity Assessments
  • Forensic Planning, Delay Analysis and Dispute Resolution
  • Portfolio, Programme and Project Management
  • Business Intelligence and Audit
  • Programme and Project Assurance
  • Project Controls Training
  • Quantity Surveying and Commercial


Bid Management and Bid Writing

Prima Uno have been successfully supporting bids and have strength in writing bids for the NDA, Sellafield sites and LLWR.  Our staff are familiar with the systems, policies, procedures and QA requirements for each.  We are therefore familiar with the bid questions and more importantly how to gain maximum score in these areas. We have a combined 20 years of successful bid experience just for the nuclear sector alone.


Risk and Value Management 

Proactively managing projects to mitigate risks and hold values


We provide leading edge risk and value management services as an integral part of our project delivery process or as a specific service to clients.


If you would like any more information about the services we provide please contact Sarah Purdham on 01946 817209 or



Angie Dean – New Office & QA Manager

Angie Dean joins Prima Uno as our new Cumbrian Office and Quality Assurance Manager.

Prima Uno, the specialist Project Controls, Risk and Forensic Planning, Consultancy (a BECBC member), has announced they have engaged a new manager for the Head office in Cleator Moor Cumbria, as well as supporting all of Prima Uno’s Quality Assurance. Angie will assist the team working on various ventures.

Angie is an experienced Quality Assurance person and has provided advice and support to allow us to attain our ISO Accreditation and with Angie as part of the team, Prima Uno can now offer support to other companies wishing to attain their accreditation either by transitioning from 2008 to 2015 or from scratch. We can also offer assistance with internal audits and management reviews. We are also working towards ISO 44001:2017 Collaborative Business Relationship Management Systems.

Sarah Purdham Managing Director of Prima Uno added ‘Due to the rapid growth of the business in the last few years, it is necessary to move up a gear once more to cater for new clients, projects and long-term frameworks won. Having someone with Angie’s reputation and credentials to assists us further, will enable us to grow sustainably for the future. It is also a great opportunity for our younger members of staff to learn from Angie”.

Prima Uno is currently strengthening its management infrastructure, with new offices and ventures.

Since Prima Uno was established in 2012, its main aim has been to grow the business into a nationally respected specialist consultancy. Alongside this ambition, Sarah Purdham also wanted to set up a ‘Centre of Excellence’ , enabling more people in West Cumbria to become nationally respected Project Control specialists.

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Are you a major company new to the nuclear Industry where Project Control Procedures do not align to client requirements?

Is your company ready to bid for Nuclear Frameworks?


Prima Uno:

  • Have developed procedures aligned to the NDA Estate which include current best practice from other industrial sectors.
  • Use and develop industry best practice processes and systems.
  • Recruit only the best staff from all sectors of industry.
  • Train and SQEP their staff in Prima Uno’s project controls procedures, processes and systems.
  • Manage the staff as they work for you.
  • Maintain their development.


Prima Uno will help you win by:

  • Working with your Project Control Procedures to develop a compliant / winning bid.
  • Supporting the schedule, estimate and risk build.
  • Input into Project Control sections of the bid.


Prima Uno will help you deliver by:

  • Providing the Project Control Procedures in the initial stages of the contract.
  • Developing your team.


Prima Uno Can:

  • Carry out an independent review of your Project Control Procedures.
  • Develop and deliver an improvement schedule for your Project Control Procedures.
  • Provide the support needed to maintain compliance.


Prima Uno Will:

  • Help you win work.
  • Help you deliver the work successfully.
  • Keep your client happy.


If you would like to know more information on how Prima Uno can ensure that you are compliant for major procurements please contact Prima Uno on 01946 817209 / /