Cawood Scientific

Cawood delivers highly accredited analytical services to organisations within the agriculture and renewable energy sectors. Inflexion backed the buyout of the business in 2017.

  • Sector

    Business services

  • Headquarters

    Bracknell, UK

  • Fund


  • Investment date

    March 2017 - July 2019

  • Status



The company

Founded over 25 years ago, Cawood Scientific is the UK’s largest independent provider of analytical laboratory testing services for land-based industries. The business serves over 3,500 customers across three divisions, NRM, Sciantec Analytical Services and Sci-Tech Laboratories, and its approximately 190 employees operate across four laboratories in Berkshire, Yorkshire, Shropshire and Norfolk.
Cawood’s growth is supported by increasing attention to food quality assurance and agricultural efficiency on political agendas. The business is at the forefront of developments in the agricultural sector as testing and data analytics play a key role in quality control and the sustainability of food production.

The Inflexion investment

During the investment by Inflexion, Cawood continued to develop its offering and established new services. This was supported by the successful acquisition of three businesses which broadened Cawood’s breadth of service into adjacent market sectors and geographies, as well as meaningfully enhancing scale. The business also benefitted from investment in technology and data optimisation leading to an improved customer offering and resourcing efficiency.

The Inflexion difference

Inflexion understood the sector well, having backed engineering testing, inspection and consultancy business British Engineering Services as well as Kynetec, a provider of data into the agriculture and animal health markets. We worked closely with the management team to support the continued growth of the business, and used our M&A experience to complete three successful acquisitions.

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