{latin} – achievement, victory, success, winning



Welcome to Laurea Project Services Limited

Laurea Project Services Limited was borne out of a need in the education and training sector for cost effective, targeted support for providers to secure external funding that will, for example:

  • Help to achieve strategic ambitions
  • Improve infrastructure and facilities
  • Drive innovation and enterprise
  • Provide a better/more comprehensive/more diverse learner experience
  • Reduce vulnerability to government funding cuts
  • Improve the engagement and support of those most vulnerable and excluded in society
  • Support the professional development of teaching and learning teams
  • Test new approaches to or types of learning activity


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Our Approach

Our approach is a one that puts deliverability and quality at the core of what we do – in other words, we develop projects and write bids that inspire, make a difference AND are achievable in practise.

Having over 15 years of project management experience in further education, including welfare to work provision, our MD understands both the pressures and the possibilities that our sector presents and will work with you to ensure that projects provide achievable, added-value outcomes for both your organisation and your communities.



Here at Laurea we have a number of professional associates that have a strong history of success in their field. They support our customers in wider elements of business development, including teaching and learning, strategic development, change management and leadership.



We can provide services either on a retained basis’ for organisations that wish to pre-book a number of days in the year at a reduced rate, or we can provide services on a ‘one off’ basis, for a specific tender or project. Contact us for further details and also to find out about our reduced rates for third sector organisations.


Bid Writing

Either after we have worked with you to develop a project, or you have developed the project concept yourself, we can write a persuasive bid which will fully match the sponsor’s stated requirements and scope and we will ensure that it is presented fully proofed and compliant with word counts and other requirements. We can also ensure that output tables and financial plans are developed and agreed with you, ready for submission.
We have an 80% success rate in writing winning bids and this increases to 90% for ESF tenders. We can therefore provide valuable input into project modelling and development which will increase our chances of a winning tender.
We can also write for particular aspects of bids and tenders – for example, we can take care of understanding and conveying the labour market information and impact elements of Capital Investment Fund bids to the Skills Funding Agency.
We also support organisations with Due Diligence processes (for example, an application to become a subcontractor of a larger organisation or to join the Register of Approved Training Providers).


Project Development

We have extensive experience of full development of projects, from scoping to developing project implementation plans, financial business plans, risk assessment and management, through to developing terms of reference for project operational and steering teams and developing project evaluation plans – all essential components to consider and develop to ensure that bidding for funding is a productive, successful and above all, exciting and positive experience and we are happy to share this expertise with you, to ensure you have the capacity to develop a project in a full and timely manner.

Our experience covers a huge breadth of funding organisations and types, from small trust and community funds, to commercial tenders for training and development,  EU funds including ESF, ERDF and Leonardo and Big Lottery Funding, to name but a few.



Project Ideas Generation

Sometimes the key to a great step change in your services and resources is the seed of a new idea.  All too often we keep on doing what we have always done and don’t give enough time to thinking about ‘what could be, if only we…..’  The great news is that ideas generation is something that we relish and we can work with your teams and your customers to help to define great potential projects and services, that with a little financial investment can change your organisation forever and for the better.


Project Management

One of the key issues for many organisations is being able to ensure the capacity to manage a new project, in order to ensure that it is compliant and performs to time, cost and quality requirements; you need to be assured that the activity is adding value to the business, rather than being an unwelcome distraction.
We have a number of highly experienced project managers, all of whom have a experience of managing projects within an educational environment and across a wide range of funding types, from Jisc to ESF. Therefore, if you need support to initiate a project, before handover to your staff, in order to create Gantt charts, cash flows, document processes, customer journeys, course profiles and any other activities, including presentation to your senior management and corporation, we are able to supply project management services, either on an interim or long term basis.


Funding Search

So you have a great project idea but have no idea who might fund it.   We can undertake a search on your behalf and make contact with potential funders to test out the project idea to ensure that it is in scope and will be given good consideration by the funder.

Report Writing

Proofreading We also supply report writing and proofreading services, either for project related activity or for other purposes. Some funders require lengthy reports on an interim and end of project basis and we can develop these on your behalf. Attention to detail is one of the pre-requisites of bid writing and we’re very happy to offer proof reading as a separate service, as required.

Presentations, Contract Negotiation and Audits

Often, project sponsors require presentations from prospective contractors; where this is a requirement we can both develop high quality presentations and supporting documentation and can also support with the delivery of the presentation; likewise, we can provide direct support in contract negotiation and can also undertake audit preparation activities, including mock audit activity.



We’d like to introduce you to our greatest asset – our customers. Our customer base covers a wide range of education and service providers, including:


“Laurea Project Services has supported potential projects and ideas generation in the College for the last 12 months. From funding searches to project development and bid writing, the service from Laurea has been of a very high standard. Careful exploration of the College’s priorities, matched with an unrivalled knowledge of potential funders has resulted in a high success rate for income generation. The network of providers who work with Laurea, and the College, has also resulted in successful joint bids brokered by Laurea. Laurea provide a very good value for money service!”

Suzanne Duncan
Principal and Chief Executive, East Durham College.


Laurea Project Services is led by Debbie Allingham, who has over 20 years’ experience in further and higher education, including employment in management positions in a national Awarding Body and in two of the UK’s largest FE Colleges (Newcastle College and Sunderland College). Her experience includes bid writing, quality and compliance, business development and project management.

Her main area of work is in developing project ideas and writing high quality bid responses; in the first 6 months of delivering services under her company Laurea, she netted contract values of over £25m for her clients. She has worked on large capital projects and revenue projects in education, as well as on tender responses for large government service outsourcing contracts.

Debbie also has skills and experience in risk assessment, strategy development, audit, due diligence and compliance, supporting growth, policy development and in developing quality systems and processes in further education.

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Debbie Allingham
0191 416 7058
07951 985868