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i2L Research Ltd Acquired by Cawood Ltd



We are pleased to announce that we have been acquired by Cawood, the UK’s largest independent provider of analytical laboratory testing services for the land-based industries.


With its head office based in Bracknell, Berkshire, and eight UK-based divisions, Cawood provides a complete analytical solution for all testing services required for businesses engaged in the agricultural, horticultural, amenity and environmental sectors. i2L will operate as a division of Cawood.


‘I will continue to lead the i2L business, working closely with the Cawood team to provide our customers with the high-quality laboratory testing and field studies they have come to expect, and to develop new services that will enable them to purchase a larger proportion of their regulatory ecotoxicology from us,’ said Dr Peter McEwen, Chief Executive Officer of i2L Research. ‘Our business has grown quickly in recent years, and the backing of Cawood puts us in a strong position to continue that growth. Both companies are aligned in terms of our vision for the future and our culture and values. This, along with our complementary services, made Cawood an obvious partner for us.’


i2L Research will sit in Cawood’s Science business unit, alongside Mambo-Tox, the Southampton-based terrestrial ecotoxicology research facility. Whilst Mambo-Tox tests for toxicity of plant protection products and biocides, we extend their service by also testing for efficacy.


‘I am delighted to welcome Peter, Catherine, Pavel, Roger, Edwin and their teams to Cawood,’ said Simon Parrington, Cawood’s Group CEO. ‘i2L Research has an excellent reputation for expertise in ecotoxicology and efficacy testing services, and its divisions worldwide will open our customer base to larger European and American markets. We are looking forward to working together to grow our science business.’


‘We are delighted to be joining Cawood,’ continued Peter. ‘We are looking forward to fast tracking our business growth with access to the Cawood Group customer base, their existing demand for our services, and the backing of the wider group.’


About Cawood

Cawood is the UK’s largest independent provider of analytical laboratory testing services for the land-based industries. Operating from a network of seven UK-based divisions including NRM Laboratories (Berkshire), Enitial (Wolverhampton), Sci-Tech Laboratories (Shropshire and Northern Ireland), Sciantec Analytical (Yorkshire), Mambo-Tox (Hampshire), Marchwood (Southampton and Manchester), The Environmental Laboratory Ltd (East Sussex), and i2L Research Ltd (Cardiff, Newcastle, Spain, the US and the Czech Republic), Cawood provides a complete analytical solution for all testing services required for businesses engaged in the agricultural, horticultural, amenity and environmental sectors.

Cawood’s divisions and services include:


  • NRM Laboratories is the UK’s largest independent provider of agronomic and environmental waste analysis for land-based industries. They offer fully accredited water, soil, manures, fertilisers and plant tissue analysis to farmers, growers and agronomists for improved farm productivity, as well as land-based environmental services including composted waste, anaerobic digestate, effluents and industrial renewables.

  • Enitial is the UK’s leading provider of independent field monitoring and sampling services. Their expertise in industrial and environmental monitoring, combined with our innovative control equipment, delivers a specialist service for customers looking for professional, reliable support in contaminated land, ecology and land management, permit compliance monitoring, water and utilities, and air quality monitoring.

  • Sci-Tech delivers microbiological and serological testing services to the veterinary diagnostic sector and associated businesses throughout the livestock sector. Their UKAS accredited services cover all aspects of poultry, porcine and gamebird production, including bird production, routine hatchery, and hygiene monitoring.

  • Sciantec assesses and evaluates the raw materials for animal feedstuffs, finished fees, pre-mixes, forages and ingredients. Modern testing facilities and broad analytical capacity enables them to deliver specialist services for the animal feed, pet food and research sectors.

  • Mambo-Tox specialises in laboratory and field-based terrestrial ecotoxicology studies, primarily involving non-target arthropods, pollinators, and soil invertebrates. Their experienced team provides independent, GLP accredited and efficient services for agrochemical and biocide regulatory requirements, as well as developing and adapting specialist studies for unique data requirements.

  • Marchwood is a leading UK dioxin and furan analysis laboratory and the UK’s leading specialist laboratory for independent occupational hygiene analysis, offering a range of specialist services for the environmental, occupational and food/feed sectors. Their team of skilled experts provides high quality, accurate analytical testing services for occupational hygiene, stack emissions, energy recovery, waste characterisation and analysis, dioxins and furans, and food and feed contaminants analysis.

  • The Environmental Laboratory (ELAB) specialises in the testing of soil, water and leachate samples for the construction and infrastructure sectors, and provides on-site environmental monitoring services and equipment hire. With over 35 years of experience in the chemical analysis of contaminated land and water, ELAB is fully UKAS accredited for asbestos identification and quantification and for a range of soil and water tests, as well as MCERTS accredited for a range of soil tests.




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