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A Tribute to a Friend and Colleague Allan Hall

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.

Till we meet again my friend.

 

Sarah Purdham

Managing Director

Prima Uno secure a Cost Engineering and Planning Framework at Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL)

Prima Uno secured a two-year Cost Engineering and Planning Framework at Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) which is Britain’s most ambitious nuclear site closure programme.

Prima Uno will be providing cost engineer and planning resources who will bring industry wide experience and expertise. Prima Uno personnel and DSRL project team will work as a fully integrated team.

Not only will Prima Uno be supporting DSRL with best practice, but Prima Uno is going to set up a Project Controls Centre of Excellence and employ a local Cost Engineer and Planning apprentice to work on the DSRL site.  These apprentices would gain a qualification accredited by ECITB and ACOSTE.

Prima Uno started a Project Controls Centre of Excellence in Cumbria in 2014 and have a wealth of experience and dedicated mentors who will support this scheme on DSRL Projects.

DSRL said it looked forward to working with Prima Uno to enhance its programme office.

Sarah Purdham MD of Prima Uno: “To secure this contract is extremely exciting for Prima Uno, we want to add value but also to make a difference. To start a Centre of Excellence in Thurso will be wonderful and will put something back in the local area. We hope to work with local colleges and DSRL to take on one Cost Engineer and one Planning apprentice for every year we have this contract. 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. I am looking forward to working with the team at Dounreay. Our staff share my vision and enthusiasm and are excited about starting on the projects.”

We are looking for Project Controls professionals

Prima Uno are looking for Project Controls professionals (estimators, cost engineers, junior planners, senior planners and project control managers) to join our growing team in Cumbria and Cheshire. The majority of the work is remote with some part- or full-time office work required depending on the project. We are looking for loyal people with exceptional Primavera, change control, risk management, reporting, earned value and critical path analysis skills. 

We have fantastic long term high-profile projects across the UK to work on. We invest in our people and all permanent staff will get around £4000 per annum available in training and also the opportunity to work for a growing company where you are a name, not a number. We want people to grow within Prima Uno and climb the ladder within our business. We want our people to stay with us forever and be happy at work.

We offer the best permanent salaries and packages in the North West on long term projects.

Permanent packages include 25 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays, pension scheme and much more.

Applicants must have or have had BPSS although SC is desirable.

Check our website for more details and job descriptions – www.primauno.co.uk


We have immediate starts for security cleared Senior Planners with civil, asset care and nuclear experience to work on projects in Cumbria and Warrington.

Senior Planner Duties include:

  • Development of Basis of Schedule and Basis of Estimate documents
  • Development of Tender schedules
  • Developing high-quality, integrated schedules from a defined scope of work in Primavera P6
  • Working with Control Account Managers/Project Managers to ensure a range of stakeholders are involved in the development and approval of baseline schedules
  • Tracking progress against the project schedule and providing concise management information to support project decision making
  • Updating schedules, schedule and cost variance analysis, critical path analysis
  • Reporting (earned value management, estimate at completion)
  • Risk management knowledge
  • Experience in preparing Primavera schedules for risk modelling
  • Providing mentoring to junior staff
  • Development and knowledge of change control requests
  • Supporting the development of DV packs

 

Candidates must have the following:

  • Good work ethics, behaviours and values
  • Team player and proactive
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to lead, coach and mentor others within your team
  • Extensive Primavera experience 
  • Knowledge of Estimating Uncertainty
  • Planning experience in a complex project environment
  • Experience across the project lifecycle (design, procurement, build, commissioning)

 

Exceptional permanent staff positions available as well as PAYE or Umbrella. Please do not apply if you have a job offer with another company.

Send your CV to info@primauno.co.uk

Summer News

Our busy summer continues at Prima Uno!

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!
ISO 9001:2015 – We would like to thank The ISO Specialists www.theisospecialists.com for their support.
Cyber Essentials Plus – Special thank you goes to Logic Business Systems Ltd – http://www.logic-ltd.co.uk
Your help is greatly appreciated!

This is not the end of our good news though…

We are so excited to be able to let you all know that Prima Uno have been selected as a finalist in the Best Professional Services category in the 2021 in-cumbria Business Awards!!!
This is fantastic news for us and we couldn’t be prouder! Massive thank you to everybody who voted for Prima Uno.
The awards ceremony will take place on 25th November and we are looking forward to be part of it.
Keep your eyes open as we will have some more news to share soon!
Thank you and enjoy summertime.

Prima Uno commence working with Direct Rail Services

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”.

 

 

 

Vacancies

We currently have the following positions to fill with us (staff, PAYE or Umbrella) so please do not hesitate to send us your CV:

Senior Cost Engineer

Role:

To provide a professional cost management service to independently and robustly manage, measure and report costs on a significant, dynamic and rapidly changing programme of work within the bounds of the Client’s project controls framework and with a level of professional input in the execution of the role.

Scope:

  • Independently manage, interrogate and maintain costs on significant projects / programmes of work with the ability to positively change and constantly strive for improvements
  • Integral part of project teams and work closely with other project controls disciplines using experience to and knowledge to influence teams and reduce costs / demonstrate efficiencies where possible
  • Earned Value Analysis, identify critical areas, trends and recommend recovery options, and contribute to clear and concise reporting
  • Provide accurate forecasts for expenditure and performance within the financial year and project lifetime
  • Maintain cost control databases for areas of work, and ensure validation and integrity of data across systems
  • Strong knowledge of forms of contract and how these impact on cost forecasting and management
  • Experience of working in a client / subcontractor environment and demonstrable experience of positively managing relationships and information as part of this
  • Control project expenditure as part of an authorisation chain
  • Provide a governance role within the project controls framework by assisting in the preparation and maintenance of project control policies and procedures, and actively promote adherence to them throughout the business
  • Lead and develop baseline change proposals ensuring adherence with internal and client requirements
  • Provide assurance and quality checks in support of sanction and baseline change submissions
  • Contribute to the ongoing update and resubmission of project and programme business cases as required
  • Assist in mentoring and supporting colleagues in their development
  • To provide support to the application of risk processes and to the Project Teams, Risk Co-ordinator and Risk Manager in risk identification, reviews, workshops and upkeep of risk registers
  • Contribute to on-going project controls systems development

Requirements:

  • Graduate (min 2:2) in relevant discipline or equivalent, possession of appropriate professional qualification, together with substantive relevant experience.
  • A proven track record in programme / project controls management.
  • Wide knowledge of procedures and methods relevant to his/her field together with full understanding of underlying principles
  • Conveys strong communication and interaction skills, externally and internally and has the ability to influence key stakeholders
  • Demonstrates ability to produce and present information to high standards
  • Able to work under pressure and adapt to changes in the work environment, managing competing demands and meeting tight deadlines
  • Confidentiality
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Excellent IT skills.

Cumbria based, currently remote working but may resume into West Cumbrian office at Drigg, Holmrook or Calderbridge. Long term work until September 2024.

DSRL Framework – Dounreay based and Remote office based. Long term work until September 2024.  Must have BPSS as a minimum.

 

Senior Project Controls

Role:

To provide a project controls service to independently and robustly manage, measure and report performance of a significant, dynamic and rapidly changing programme of work within the bounds of the Client’s project controls framework and with a level of professional input in the execution of the role.

Scope:

  • Independently develop, manage and maintain significant programmes of work in accordance with Client’s established project controls framework through detailed volume production and the trending and change control process
  • Provide an effective planning and reporting service including maintenance of integrated resource loaded schedules, application of rules of credit where appropriate, and robust challenge to contractor progress submissions
  • Provide earned Value Analysis, identify critical areas, trends and recommend recovery options, and contribute to clear and concise reporting
  • Provide accurate forecasts for expenditure and performance within the financial year and project lifetime
  • Maintain planning and cost control databases for areas of work, and ensure validation and integrity of data across systems
  • Control project expenditure as part of an authorisation chain
  • Provide a governance role within the project controls framework by assisting in the preparation and maintenance of project control policies and procedures, and actively promote adherence to them throughout the business
  • Assist in mentoring and supporting colleagues in their development and provide one to one training/support as required
  • To provide support to the application of risk processes and to the Project Teams, Risk Co-ordinator and Risk Manager in risk identification, reviews, workshops and upkeep of risk registers
  • Prepare and implement Change Controls
  • Contribute to on-going project controls systems development

Requirements:

  • Graduate (min 2:2) in relevant discipline or equivalent, possession of appropriate professional qualification, together with substantive relevant experience.
  • A proven track record in programme/project controls management.
  • Wide knowledge of procedures and methods relevant to his/her field together with full understanding of underlying principles.
  • Conveys strong communication and interaction skills, externally and internally and has the ability to influence key stakeholders
  • Demonstrates ability to produce and present information to high standards
  • Able to work under pressure and adapt to changes in the work environment, managing competing demands and meeting tight deadlines
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Excellent IT skills.

Cumbria based, currently remote working but may resume into West Cumbrian office at Drigg, Holmrook or Calderbridge.  Long term work until September 2024.

DSRL Framework – Dounreay based and Remote office based.  Long term work until September 2024. Must have BPSS as a minimum.

 

Senior Planner

Role:

To provide a professional and technical project planning service to a significant, dynamic and rapidly changing programme of work.

Scope:

  • Provide an effective planning and reporting service including build and maintenance of integrated resource loaded schedules, application of rules of credit where appropriate, and robust challenge to contractor progress submissions
  • Develop schedules at the most effective level for differing requirements; including detailed working schedules and the ability to advise and implement roll up of these to a higher level where appropriate
  • Experience or understanding of working within a regulated environment and the requirements of working within a ‘gated’ project structure
  • Ensure baseline adherence, demonstrate excellence in maintaining an accurate baseline position and be proficient in the development of baseline change proposals
  • Independently develop, manage and maintain significant programmes of work established project controls framework through detailed volume production and the trending and change control process
  • Provide Earned Value Analysis, identify critical areas, trends and recommend recovery options, and contribute to clear and concise reporting
  • Provide accurate forecasts for schedule performance within the financial year and project lifetime
  • Maintain planning databases for areas of work, and ensure validation and integrity of data across systems
  • Provide a governance role within the project controls framework by assisting in the preparation and maintenance of project control policies and procedures, and actively promote adherence to them throughout the business
  • Assist in mentoring and supporting colleagues in their development and provide one to one training/support as required
  • To provide support to the application of risk processes and to the Project Teams, Risk Co-ordinator and Risk Manager in risk identification, reviews, workshops and upkeep of risk registers
  • Contribute to on-going project controls systems development
  • Assist in Ad-Hoc requirements including annual inflation exercises, implementation of Change controls within systems etc.

Requirements:

  • Graduate (min 2:2) in relevant discipline or equivalent, possession of appropriate professional qualification, together with substantive relevant experience.
  • A proven track record in programme/project controls management.
  • Wide knowledge of procedures and methods relevant to his/her field together with full understanding of underlying principles.
  • Conveys strong communication and interaction skills, externally and internally and has the ability to influence key stakeholders
  • Demonstrates ability to produce and present information to high standards
  • Able to work under pressure and adapt to changes in the work environment, managing competing demands and meeting tight deadlines
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Advanced skills in Primavera P6 and some system administration experience would be advantageous.

Cumbria based, currently remote working but may resume into West Cumbrian office at Drigg, Holmrook or Calderbridge. Long term work until September 2024.

DSRL Framework – Dounreay based and Remote office based. Long term work until September 2024. Must have BPSS as a minimum.

 

Senior Project Manager

(variation of the below PM role)

Scope:

The individual shall demonstrate significant experience of successfully managing complex project solutions with a pragmatic, can-do attitude and a strong focus on detail and delivery, the individual will have a strong track record of project management methodologies. In depth 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. In addition:

  • Trending and Change Control processes
  • Near Term and Life Cycle Baseline planning
  • Engineering, Procurement & Construction methods, tools and work processes
  • Contracts Methods and Processes
  • Ideally with some knowledge of the NEC contracts.

The individual will be responsible for:

  • Coordinate internal resources and third parties/vendors for the flawless execution of projects in conjunction with the Client’s project procedures.
  • Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within Specification and within budget.
  • Developing project Specifications and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring feasibility.
  • Develop a detailed project plan with the Project Controls team to track progress.
  • Manage changes in project Specification, schedule and costs.
  • Measure project performance using appropriate systems, tools and techniques.
  • Report and escalate to management as needed.
  • Manage the relationship with the client and all stakeholders.
  • Perform risk management to minimize project risks and escalate as necessary.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with third parties/vendors.
  • The creating and maintaining project documentation relevant to the Client’s procedures.

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
  • APM/PRINCE2 & MSP or equivalent
  • Professional Project Management Qualifications
  • 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 a Project Management position, with a track-record of successfully delivering project outcomes and associated benefits
  • Knowledge of construction or engineering contract management and administration
  • Contracts Methods and Processes

Cumbria or Warrington based, currently would be working remotely due to the COVID situation.  Long term work until April 2024. Must have BPSS as a minimum.

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VACANCIES

We are looking for:

Cost Engineer, Senior Cost Engineer, Project Manager & Senior Project Manager

Candidates must have BPSS (SC desirable).

COST ENGINEER – job description:

  • Independently manage, interrogate and maintain costs on projects / programmes of work with the ability to positively change and constantly strive for improvements
  • Integral part of project teams and work closely with other project controls disciplines to provide an effective and value added service
  • Earned Value Analysis, identify critical areas, trends and recommend recovery options, and contribute to clear and concise reporting
  • Provide accurate forecasts for expenditure and performance within the financial year and project lifetime
  • Maintain cost control databases for areas of work, and ensure validation and integrity of data across systems
  • Understand forms of contract and how these impact on cost forecasting and management
  • Control project expenditure as part of an authorisation chain
  • Provide a governance role within the project controls framework by assisting in the preparation and maintenance of project control policies and procedures, and actively promote adherence to them throughout the business
  • Lead and develop baseline change proposals ensuring adherence with internal and client requirements
  • Contribute to the ongoing update and resubmission of project and programme business cases as required
  • To provide support to the application of risk processes and to the Project Teams, Risk Co-ordinator and Risk Manager in risk identification, reviews, workshops and upkeep of risk registers
  • Contribute to on-going project controls systems development

 

Skills & Qualifications

  • Graduate in relevant discipline or equivalent, possession of appropriate professional qualification, together with substantive (typically 5+ years) relevant experience
  • Strong knowledge of procedures and methods relevant to his/her field together with full understanding of underlying principles
  • Knowledge of NEC contracts
  • Conveys strong communication and interaction skills, externally and internally and has the ability to influence key stakeholders
  • Demonstrates ability to produce and present information to high standards
  • Able to work under pressure and adapt to changes in the work environment, managing competing demands and meeting tight deadlines
  • Confidentiality
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Excellent IT skills.

 

SENIOR COST ENGINEER – job description:

  • Independently manage, interrogate and maintain costs on significant projects / programmes of work with the ability to positively change and constantly strive for improvements
  • Integral part of project teams and work closely with other project controls disciplines using experience to and knowledge to influence teams and reduce costs / demonstrate efficiencies where possible
  • Earned Value Analysis, identify critical areas, trends and recommend recovery options, and contribute to clear and concise reporting
  • Provide accurate forecasts for expenditure and performance within the financial year and project lifetime
  • Maintain cost control databases for areas of work, and ensure validation and integrity of data across systems
  • Strong knowledge of forms of contract and how these impact on cost forecasting and management
  • Experience of working in a client / subcontractor environment and demonstrable experience of positively managing relationships and information as part of this
  • Control project expenditure as part of an authorisation chain
  • Provide a governance role within the project controls framework by assisting in the preparation and maintenance of project control policies and procedures, and actively promote adherence to them throughout the business
  • Lead and develop baseline change proposals ensuring adherence with internal and client requirements
  • Provide assurance and quality checks in support of sanction and baseline change submissions
  • Contribute to the ongoing update and resubmission of project and programme business cases as required
  • Assist in mentoring and supporting colleagues in their development
  • To provide support to the application of risk processes and to the Project Teams, Risk Co-ordinator and Risk Manager in risk identification, reviews, workshops and upkeep of risk registers
  • Contribute to on-going project controls systems development

 

Skills & qualifications

  • Graduate in relevant discipline or equivalent, possession of appropriate professional qualification, together with substantive (typically 7+ years) relevant experience
  • A proven track record in programme / project controls management
  • Wide knowledge of procedures and methods relevant to his/her field together with full understanding of underlying principles
  • Knowledge of NEC contracts
  • Conveys strong communication and interaction skills, externally and internally and has the ability to influence key stakeholders
  • Demonstrates ability to produce and present information to high standards
  • Able to work under pressure and adapt to changes in the work environment, managing competing demands and meeting tight deadlines
  • Confidentiality
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Excellent IT skills.

 

PROJECT MANAGER – Job description:

  • Running a competitive tender
  • Transitioning some of the existing scope away from the contract
  • Prepare all project management paperwork in line with Client’s 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, within specification and within 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, Risk Log, Actions Log
  • Creating and maintaining project documentation relevant to the client’s procedures
  • 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
  • Manage the relationship with the client and all stakeholders

 

Skills & Qualifications

  • Graduate in relevant discipline or equivalent, possession of appropriate professional qualification, together with substantive (a minimum of 5+ years) relevant experience.
  • Relevant experience in a Project Management position with a proven track record of successfully delivering project outcomes and associated benefits
  • Conveys strong communication, management and interaction skills, externally and internally and has the ability to influence key stakeholders
  • Demonstrates ability to produce and present information to high standards
  • Able to work under pressure and adapt to changes in the work environment, managing competing demands and meeting tight deadlines
  • Confidentiality
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • APM/Prince2 & MSP or equivalent
  • Contracts methods and processes.

 

SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER – variation of the above role

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

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!

A person standing on a lush green field

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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.