The Project Advisory Group (“PAG”) are continuing to celebrate with colleagues in Fibrus following their recent announcement, having helped them secure more than £100m of public funding to connect around 60,000 premises right across Cumbria.

By far the largest contract yet to be awarded under the Government’s Project Gigabit Programme, the Cumbria contract is part of the biggest broadband roll out in British history, backed with £5 billion to deliver faster connections to hard-to-reach areas that would otherwise have missed out.

[Photo by Fibrus, November 2022]

PAG were lead advisors to Fibrus from pre-procurement, through pre-qualification and formal tender stage into contract close, working closely with the Fibrus team and their investors, Infracapital, resulting in an outstanding win for Fibrus in GB.

This is the second major contract win for Fibrus with PAG support following on from winning £165m public funding with Project Stratum in Northern Ireland.

Steve Edwards, Director of PAG and Bid Director for the Cumbria procurement said:

 “It’s been a pleasure to again support Fibrus. The Fibrus team, with help from the PAG, have an extraordinary level of experience and capability for these bids. We send our huge congratulations to Fibrus for their fantastic win. 

The depth and unrivalled expertise of the Project Advisory Group’s team, in bid leadership, public procurement know-how, technical, commercial and bid financial modelling, working in concert with the outstanding internal technical, operations and finance teams within Fibrus has delivered an amazing result for the Fibrus business and their investors, Infracapital, but most importantly for the residents and business of Cumbria who will now benefit over the next few years from the very latest XGSPON fibre technology. Rural Cumbria will receive world class Gigabit broadband capability for decades to come.” 

Dominic Kearns, Chief Executive of Fibrus commented, “The Project Advisory Group provided significant support to us through all stages of our bid and worked hand in hand with all our internal teams across the business. Our partnership with the PAG continues to deliver superb results in winning another significant contract.


The Project Advisory Group is a full-service advisory firm and is supporting network operators’ bidding for UK Government funding under BDUK’s Project Gigabit Programme. Its market leading team of advisors have, collectively, over two hundred years of experience in the UK Broadband sector, with an unwavering focus on winning for their clients.

Having worked on network provider, funder and public sector sides for around 160 public broadband procurements totalling in excess of £2.5Bn, PAG are market leaders with an enviable track record of success. If you are a network operator and would like to find out how PAG can provide you with a winning team to support your Project Gigabit bid ambitions, please contact us at