Cawood Scientific

Natural Resource Management (NRM), an independent analytical business, was set up in 1990 following the decision by ICI to dispose of their ‘agricultural testing facilities’ in Berkshire.

Nature of business

Provider of analytical laboratory testing services to land-based industries.

Description of deal

NVM exited in March 2017

Growth strategy

Independent growth of its services across the UK and Europe.

The facilities and capability expanded considerably within the region, so it was deemed necessary to develop a new laboratory site at Cawood, North Yorkshire in 2003.

Three years later NRM was joined by Sciantec Analytical Services, under the new holding company Cawood Scientific. Cawood is now the UK’s largest independent provider of analytical laboratory testing services to land-based industries. It specialises in the analysis of animal feed, grain, soil, fertilisers, composts, contaminated land and renewables, such as composted waste and anaerobic digestate.

Cawood operates a high level of accreditation and has a proven track record of providing fast, high quality analytical services to the majority of organisations operating in the land-based sectors throughout the UK, with work also coming from Eire and other countries throughout Europe.

Many factors have determined the growth in analytical testing in the field of agriculture and the environment over the years, such as ever-developing EU and national legislation encompassing food, animal feed, the environment and health and safety. The sector as a whole has increased 6% annually since 2005 and is forecast to continue this growth in the future. The need for land-based industries to be environmentally friendly, reduce costs and provide product assurance will continue to be strong drivers for growth across its key fields of activity.

NVM exited in March 2017.

This is an exciting development for our customers and our 130 employees. We have secured investment from NVM to support the continued expansion of the business and are looking forward to working with our backers as we move to the next stage of growth.

Nigel Patrick, Managing Director of Cawood Scientific