Covid-19 company statement

At Prima Uno the health, safety and wellbeing of our personnel is paramount for us.

We also recognise that there are still deadlines to be met and we are doing our best to support our Clients during pandemic. The office is closed but we continue with business as usual and our staff have been working from home having full access to our systems and supporting ongoing projects remotely.

Face to face meetings have been replaced by virtual meetings and we are committed to supporting our Clients by providing a continuous and high-level of service with the minimal disruption possible.

We follow Government advice doing our part to help stop the spread of the virus. We are monitoring the situation and will implement any necessary changes based on the advice provided by the government.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Thank you.

Stay safe.

Prima Uno

Prima Uno win LLWR four and a half year £4 million framework

More wonderful news for Prima Uno!

We have secured a contract to provide Project Controls support across a range of Projects and Programmes to Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR Ltd).

We have been working on the LLWR Portfolio for five years and were the incumbents for the previous Project Controls contract. This is the first of the Frameworks issued by LLW Repository to provide Project Controls (Planning / Estimating / Cost Engineering & Risk Management) under the new Business and Technical Services (BATS). LLWR has established the Business & Technical Services (BATS) Marketplace, on behalf of the NDA group, to deliver professional services across 13 business categories. BATS replace the Business Services Marketplace. LLWR has used the Dynamic Purchasing System procedure to deliver this opportunity, which offers a simple and efficient procurement route for both buyers and suppliers.

SP outside Pelham HousePhotograph: Sarah Purdham Managing Director of Prima Uno at LLWR Headquarters Pelham House

Sarah Purdham Managing Director of Prima Uno: “Winning this framework means so much to me and the people of Prima Uno. We can continue our relationship with LLWR on a journey to deliver its long term goal and mission.  We want to improve our current service and continue to deliver an exceptional service.  We have been given another chance to make a difference. We have an extraordinary relationship with LLWR and have always been a fully integrated team. Our demonstrable experience helping blue chip clients achieve sector leading performance puts us in a wonderful position to deliver value to LLWR”.

“Through our programme delivery and performance improvement approaches we support clients to achieve increased levels of efficiency, cost savings, assurance and predictability to contribute to our client’s goals and targets”.

LLWR PU team photo 2Photograph: LLWR Prima Uno and LLWR Head of Project Controls Georgina Wilson [from the left: Andy Garnett (Framework Manager), Claire Skimming, Jack Mitchell, Georgina Wilson (LLWR Head of Project Controls), Jon Mullin, Allen Winter-Moore, Mike Wilson]

Andy Garnett, Framework Manager at Prima Uno: “Winning this framework allows us to continue providing an exceptional project controls service to LLWR, building further on our already successful relationship.

LLWR continue to excel in delivery of their strategic goals, both internally and across the NDA Estate and we are very proud to part of this.

The cornerstone of our ability to deliver high quality consultancy services is the quality of our people. Every member of the company is committed to demonstrating personal and professional integrity in everything we do, which is reflected in this success. The team has worked tirelessly to achieve this goal and, as always, gone above and beyond with their support”.

Georgina Wilson, Head of Project Controls at LLWR said: “I am delighted that we are able to continue our successful collaboration with Prima Uno and maintain the provision of an exceptional project controls service across the LLWR organisation”.


Photograph: LLWR Head of Project Controls Georgina Wilson, Prima Uno’s Helen Carty and Rachel Starkey

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





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

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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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