Independent research, laboratory analysis and monitoring for the land-based industries.


Cawood is the UK’s leading independent scientific group, recognised for its technical capability and value-added service to customers. We provide laboratory analysis to the agriculture, food and environmental sectors, as well as contract research to GLP standards to support the development of agrochemicals, biocides and other chemicals.

Our field services team offers measurement and monitoring for water, construction and ecology across the UK.

A growing business focused on operational excellence, innovation and comprehensive solutions.


Cawood has doubled in size since 2016. With a turnover of over £40 million, the group employs 500 colleagues across ten sites and completes almost ten million analytical tests every year.

We put customers at the heart of everything we do, taking a flexible approach which delivers an easy, reliable solution to their needs. As we grow, we are investing in our technical capability, developing innovative new services and adding value through expert insight.

A reputation for quality for over 30 years


At the heart of Cawood is NRM, the UK’s leading agricultural laboratory, founded in 1990. The Cawood group was formed in 2006 with the acquisition of the animal feed testing business, Sciantec.

Since then, we have grown rapidly through our strong relationships with customers, our ongoing investment in people and equipment, and the acquisition of businesses that complement or expand our services.

1990 NRM was formed
2006 Sciantec joined the Group
2012 Sci-Tech joined the Group
2012 The Swaffham laboratory was acquired
2014 Lord Curry joined as Chairman
2017 Mambo-Tox joined the Group
2018 Enitial joined the Group
2019 Waterland became a majority investor
2020 Marchwood joined the group