Sector Business services
Location Bracknell, UK
Investment type Buyout
Date March 2017
Status Current
Non-Executive Director Carl Wormald, Henry Arundel

Cawood Scientific

The company

Founded over 25 years ago, Cawood Scientific (“Cawood”) is the UK’s largest independent provider of analytical laboratory testing services for land-based industries. Cawood delivers highly accredited analytical services to organisations within the agriculture and renewable energy sectors. The business serves over 3,500 customers across three divisions, NRM, Sciantec Analytical Services and Sci-Tech Laboratories and its c.170 employees operate across four laboratories in Berkshire, Yorkshire, Shropshire and Norfolk.

Cawood’s growth is underpinned by strong market tailwinds as food quality assurance and agricultural efficiency are increasingly part of the political agenda. Cawood positions itself at the forefront of developments in the agricultural sector as the role of testing and data analytics play a key role in quality control and the sustainability of food production.

Growth strategy

Nigel Patrick and Linda Radnor, Managing Director and Operations Director, sought an investment partner to further scale the business through an accelerated acquisitive growth strategy. In addition, we will assist in building the business’s data and software capabilities to expand its core service provisions.

The Inflexion difference

Inflexion shares Cawood’s vision for the next stage of growth. Our knowledge and understanding of the sector, coupled with our experience of supporting successful buy-and-build strategies meant we were a natural fit to support management’s expansion strategy.

Cawood joins a number of comparable companies in the Inflexion portfolio including British Engineering Services, an engineering testing, inspection and consultancy firm, and Kynetec, a provider of data into the agriculture and animal health markets.