West Lothian-based testing laboratory Express Micro Science is changing hands

EMS, based in Linlithgow, provides microbiological testing services for the food, leisure, agricultural and pharmaceutical industries to ensure products are safe for use and consumption.

Berkshire-based Cawood, which focuses on independent research, laboratory analysis and monitoring of land-based industries, has bought the company, saying the deal takes it into a new market for safety testing food, extending its agri-food capability across the entire supply chain.

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EMS will operate as a division of Cawood, in a move expected to strengthen the group’s geographic reach and create opportunities for both businesses. The corporate team at law firm Addleshaw Goddard, led by partner George Danczak, advised Cawood on the transaction, the terms of which were not disclosed.

Jennifer Newton, Managing Director of EMS, welcomed the new owner of the business “as our business is fully aligned…Being part of Cawood will allow us to grow and invest in our capabilities and capabilities with the support of the group at large”.

Simon Parrington, Managing Director of the Cawood Group, said: “The Cawood Group is already in a leading position in agricultural analytics. With EMS, we are now in a unique position to provide an end-to-end service for agribusiness, starting with soil and plant tissue analysis for farmers and ecotoxicology testing for crop inputs. Now we can take food all the way through to food quality control analysis on supermarket shelves across the UK.

“EMS has an excellent reputation for analytical testing and innovative solutions in the food safety industry. This aligns perfectly with our strategy to expand our services to meet growing customer needs and support a safer and healthier planet. Cawood and our new parent company, Ensign Bickford-Industries, are ready to support and invest in EMS as it grows.

EMS was established in 2003 and claims it is one of the UK’s leading testing facilities for the food and drink, agriculture, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors , hospitality and leisure – working with companies like Tesco and Marks & Spencer.

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