Winter Newsletter

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.

Jon Mullin

“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.

Take care & stay safe


Sarah Purdham

Autumn Newsletter – Prima Uno new Head Office!

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!

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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.

I wish you a safe autumn.

Sarah Purdham

Managing Director.

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

Lead planning & planning roles

Lead planning & planning roles in Basingstoke / Reading area

Candidates must have BPSS (SC desirable)

Willingness to travel is required

Lead Planner – Requirements:

  • Ability to utilise P6 software to build schedules, establishing work breakdown structures/cost breakdown structure, activity structures, cost and resource load schedules.
  • Take a lead role within the PMO Office to give advice, best practise guidance to team members/exec team, coaching and mentoring on structuring schedules, applying costs at appropriate levels and general planning advice.
  • To maintain a planning overview for the full programme and report to key stakeholders/exec members on progress/issues and recovery options.
  • To implement and run baseline change control processes
  • To act as the super-user for the P6 system – including administration, EPS Setup and other P6 general maintenance.
  • To develop and update an integrated schedule to inform key stakeholders of project health and report on movement in key contract milestones.
  • To develop ad hoc reports to inform resourcing decisions / Earned value management and others as requested by PMO.
  • To complete monthly performance reports with EVM stats and performance progress and provide explanations to the exec team.
  • Have high earned value management skills and knowledge.
  • Candidate must have a working knowledge of NEC forms of contract and from a planning perspective how to implement PMIS/CENS into baseline schedules and be able to give advice to the planning team on implementation of the above.
  • To assist in project assurance reviews and be the Subject Matter Expert for planning within the PMO team.
  • Candidate to have excellent communication/ interpersonal skills – have the ability to liaise with different internal/external stakeholders from client to exec level within the business.
  • Candidate to have at least 5yrs + experience in planning ideally lead planning experience for 2ys+.


Planner – Requirements

  • Ability to work as part of a project team, working alongside and supporting the PM providing daily/weekly/monthly planning information as requested.
  • Ability to utilise P6 software to build schedules, establishing work breakdown structures/cost breakdown structure, activity structures, cost and resource loading schedules.
  • To provide weekly/fortnightly/six weekly lookaheads to inform project knowledge and progress on the job.
  • To have an understanding of differing methodologies in capturing progress from a planning perspective advise the project team appropriately and collect progress to inform weekly/monthly schedule updates and reporting.
  • To produce schedules for change control and have an understanding of baseline change control processes.
  • To develop earned value management /resource / ad hoc reports to inform project reports, resourcing decisions and others as requested by PMO or project team.
  • To complete monthly performance reports with EVM stats and performance progress and provide explanations to the exec team.
  • Have high earned value management skills and knowledge.
  • To complete planning documentation for project assurance reviews.
  • Candidate to have excellent communication/ interpersonal skills – have the ability to liaise with different internal/external stakeholders from client to exec level within the business.
  • Candidate must have good team working skills and the ability to perform in a team environment.
  • Candidate must have a working knowledge of NEC 4 from a planning perspective how to implement PMIS/CENS into baseline schedules.
  • Candidate to have at least 5yrs + experience in planning ideally working in the nuclear/rail industry.


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”.

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 https://youtu.be/4jlr3cF-0ic

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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