Prima Uno has secured a five year Commercial and Project Controls Framework at Atomic Weapons Establishment. AWE plays a crucial role in nuclear defence, providing warheads for the UK’s nuclear deterrent. For more than 70 years, AWE has supported the UK Government’s nuclear defence strategy and the Continuous At Sea Deterrent.
Prima Uno will be providing commercial, estimating, cost engineering, planning, risk management and project controls professionals to assist AWE on their projects. Prima Uno’s people will bring industry wide experience and expertise. Prima Uno personnel and AWE project team will work as a fully integrated team.
Sarah Purdham MD of Prima Uno: “To secure this contract is exciting for Prima Uno, we want to add value but also to make a difference. This framework is another new growth area for Prima Uno, and we aim to provide an exceptional service as we do to all clients. We will bring valuable learning from experience from our other major projects. Securing work will assist Prima Uno with employing new people, graduates and apprentices. I am looking forward to working with the team at AWE. Our staff share my vision and enthusiasm and are excited about starting on the projects.“
Prima Uno is an award-winning consultancy with Axelos accreditation in Global Best Practice in Programme and Project Management.
This week has been the worst in Prima Uno’s history and Tuesday was my worst day at work.
On Tuesday 21st of September we lost a friend and colleague. Allan Hall who has worked for us since November 2016 lost his battle against cancer on Tuesday morning.
Allan has been a wonderful friend to me personally and a great asset to Prima Uno. He has trained and mentored many people at Prima Uno young and old. Always with a smile on his face even when diagnosed with cancer he battled on. He fought this awful disease to the very end. Allan was positive throughout his illness and from the minute he was diagnosed, a true inspiration.
Allan was a pleasure to be around and work with. He had a great sense of humour, and we shared many laughs. We loved listening to his stories about his band or life in general. Allan was well known for his extensive knowledge and Primavera skills, a Primavera subject matter expert who once worked for Oracle. Over the years Allan worked on some very high-profile projects for Prima Uno and also on some huge forensic planning cases. He will be a huge miss to Prima Uno and myself. I will miss the laughs, jokes and also his friendship. The only consolation is that Allan is no longer suffering and is no longer in pain.
At this time, we are thinking about Jo, Allan’s children and family.
Prima Uno will be donating to Eden Valley Hospice and the Henderson Suite at West Cumberland Hospital. Allan spent his last few weeks being cared for at Eden Valley Hospice Carlisle and had a lot his treatment on the Henderson Suite at West Cumberland Hospital.
Rest in peace Allan, your legacy will live on at Prima Uno and also with the knowledge that you shared and passed onto people and colleagues over the years.
We at Prima Uno will miss you and a lot of us that worked with you will be forever grateful for enhancing our lives and our careers.
After our Management System audit just 2 weeks ago (0 non-conformances and no key issues nor concerns) with ISO 9001:2015 continued certification received, we have now received confirmation that we met the requirements of the Cyber Essentials Plus scheme again!
Prima Uno, specialist project controls and project delivery consultancy, has entered into a contract with Direct Rail Services (DRS).
DRS has joined forces with its fellow Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) transport subsidiaries, International Nuclear Services (INS) and Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd, to create Nuclear Transport Solutions (NTS) which launched in April 2021.
Prima Uno previously secured a two plus two-year framework for project delivery for INS in April 2020 and will work across NTS.
Prima Uno is undertaking various project delivery services such as project management, planning, project controls and programme management and the framework will entail providing Programme Management, Project Management, Risk Management and Project Controls specialist services at NTS offices in Warrington and Cumbria.
Sarah Purdham, MD of Prima Uno, said: “Delivering a service to DRS is a wonderful opportunity for Prima Uno. This is a new growth area for us, and we will endeavour to deliver a first-class service like we do to all our clients. We can continue our successful relationship with NTS whilst starting a new relationship with DRS on a journey to deliver their mission”.
We hope this newsletter finds everyone safe and well.
It has been a strange year for people and businesses alike. One we will never forget.
Since our summer newsletter Prima Uno has continued to have a successful year gaining new clients and staff. November saw us break records in taking on five new people which is more than we’ve taken on in a year! We took on two people in April which is a total of seven for the year.
These people consist of project controls, lead cost engineers, specialists, programme management & a risk manager.
Our long term contractor Jon Mullin has joined us as a permanent member of staff. It is wonderful that Jon, who is exceptional at his job combined with a great personality and strong values, can see a long future with us.
“Having recently completed a contract I was looking for a new career challenge and Prima Uno were the perfect fit. Previously contracting with them it was clear that they were an ambitious company with a great team in place, a strong order book and a real potential for growth. This coupled with the culture in place made it an easy decision.
I am excited to be joining Prima Uno at this time of growth and look forward to helping build on our strong reputation and adding real value to our Clients”.
We have recently started working with Direct Rail Services (DRS), Nuclear Decommissioning (NDA) and the Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) team and forging long term relationships for work outside Cumbria including Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) delivering Project Management Capability (PMC), Risk, Integrated Assurance, Project Controls and Subject Matter Expert related services.
Our new long-term frameworks at LLWR and INS have started gaining momentum and we are continuing to work with our long standing clients.
We have all adapted well to a new way of remote working and it will be interesting to see what the future brings.
We are pleased to see our former colleague Angie Dean successfully running her own company called The ISO Specialists. With her vast experience and knowledge Angie has been supporting Cumbrian businesses in establishing, managing and, being a qualified Lead Auditor, also auditing their quality management systems. Angie assisted Prima Uno with a successful re-certification to ISO 9001:2015 and we continue our fruitful co-operation wishing her all the best in 2021. You can find more details about The ISO Specialists on their website – www.theisospecialists.com
It has been a sad time in closing the doors of our lovely Cleator Moor office which has stood empty since a week before lockdown in March 2020. I made a decision not to re-mobilise due to the threat of a second wave of COVID-19 which we found ourselves in. On a bright side, we are very excited about our new office with views that will look onto the Irish Sea on the left and onto the fells from the front & right. We’ve had many happy years at Cleator Moor but we saw a property which could be ours in March so took the plunge.
What does the future look like for Prima Uno?
We are currently working on two major long term framework bids which would create more jobs for the local area. We hope to re-start the plan to employ some graduates and new apprentices next year which was cut short with the pandemic. Prima Uno has a long order book spanning until 2024 and during this time we aim to grow our own project control, project and programme management professionals.
I wish you the very best for Christmas and 2021. I hope you can take a rest and enjoy some precious family time.
Prima Uno is to move from the Head Office at Cleator Moor to a new base at Gosforth. We are sad to leave our office at Phoenix Court, Cleator Moor where we have been residents for six happy years. We found new premises in March but due to the lockdown we have only recently given our notice to Phoenix Enterprise Group that we are moving. You will agree the view from our new office is spectacular!
Picture: One of the views from Prima Uno’s new Head Office which will be based at Gosforth, Cumbria
The spring of 2020 is one we will not forget for many reasons, the main reason being the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020 we were celebrating three major framework wins at Prima Uno then we were immediately into a global pandemic of the COVID-19 virus. I decided to close the office on Friday 20th March, prior to the official government lockdown and it is an experience I will not forget. Another resident of our building was also closing his office, it was surreal and we both were overwhelmed by the developing situation. I do not think any of us had an idea of what was in store for us in the future. Fast forward six months and we have all experienced and adapted to a new way of life. These last two weeks a lot of us have children going back to school for the first time since lockdown and some of us are back working in our offices.
In March Prima Uno celebrated securing the following contracts:
Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) Project Controls Framework spanning four and a half years.
International Nuclear Services (INS) Project Delivery Framework (project controls, project management, programme management and risk management) spanning two years plus two years.
Sellafield Limited Calder Landscape Clearance Framework with IDS. Prima Uno are part of the IDS Joint Venture which is on the DDP Framework at Sellafield.
Prima Uno during Covid-19 – continuity of business as usual, working remotely. We have been successful working during the pandemic and employed two new people in April. 2020 is proving to be our most successful year to date. We are looking at employing some more staff in the autumn 2020 to work on long term contracts.
We have had a busy summertime successfully recertifying for ISO 9001:2015 and Cyber Essentials Plus. ISO:9001:2015 recertification involved a lot of extra work as our policies needed amendements due to COVID-19 but Bogusia Gruszka, Lydia Drummond and Angie Dean did a sterling job in producing all the new documents for the certification.
We have forged new business relationships this year such as the GHD relationship where we have been undertaking Assurance work on Transport for London projects. Working with GHD has been seamless. They have the same strong values as Prima Uno and we are excited to see how that relationship grows.
Lydia Drummond successfully completed her Business Admin apprenticeship and has been promoted to Payroll Assistant. She has also embarked on a new Data Analysis course which will complement her role in Finance, but all complement any schedule, cost and risk analysis we undertake in our Forensic Laboratory.
We are waiting to hear if we have been successful on other long-term frameworks we have tendered for and are forging new partnerships with many new companies. Collaboration is key to business relationships.
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.
Photograph: 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”.
Photograph: 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 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
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.
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