Cherwell's 50-year Anniversary

We are delighted to announce that 2021 will be the 50th year that Cherwell Laboratories has been in business.  Our company was founded by Lawrence Whittard in February 1971, initially as a veterinary diagnostic laboratory.

Over the years the company has seen significant growth and evolved into a manufacturing and distribution company offering a fully integrated range of products for environmental monitoring and process validation.

We attribute our success to maintaining a focus on supplying high quality products, supported with excellent customer service. Our business is built on the principles of ISO 9001, a management standard we have held for almost 25 years, and a willingness to always help our customers.  We want to mark our Golden anniversary by engaging our customers in a series of activities throughout the year.

We believe that maintaining good communication is a key component in building a successful relationship and therefore, we have created this page, that will be updated regularly, to share the activities we have planned. We hope that you will join in to help us celebrate.

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50th Anniversary Agar Art Competition

We are looking for ways to involve our customers in our 50th anniversary celebrations this year and we thought what would be more fun than holding an agar art competition.

What is agar art? Creators use colourful microbes to ‘paint’ and use various types of agar as their ‘canvas’ to create art in a Petri dish.

If you’re a budding Petri dish Picasso and would like to join in with our Petri dish art competition, you can find out more details by clicking on the button below. 

The closing date for entries is Friday 9th July 2021 and for every person that enters, we will plant a tree with the National Trust

Be sure you submit your entry in time.


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Press Coverage

You can find out more details about our 50th anniversary celebrations in our press release.


We'll be updating this page with further details as and when they are available.  So be sure to check back soon!



Redipor standing order prize draw

Redipor® Standing Order Prize Draw

We have several activities planned over 2021 to mark our 50th anniversary, including events, competitions and activities. The first of which is a prize draw.

Any company that sets up a standing order for our Redipor® prepared media, to start in the month of April, will be entered into a prize draw. At the end of April, one lucky winner will be picked at random. If we pull your company’s name out as the winner, we will donate £150 directly to your chosen charity.

Congratulations to Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust who's standing order was picked at random as our lucky winner!

They chose to split the £150 donation equally between the following three charities: 

Setting up a standing order, which can be fully flexible, means that your deliveries can be pre-scheduled.  We can deliver weekly; fortnightly; monthly or whenever suits you best. Our team are happy to discuss  your requirements with you to ensure your media order is delivered when you need it

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Meet the Cherwell Team

With 2021 seeing Cherwell celebrate its 50th year of business, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to introduce you to some of the team.

We believe Cherwell's success can be attributed to our high-quality products and strong focus on customer support and service. It's our team of like-minded people here at Cherwell that make it possible  to deliver the high standard of products, customer service and support that we strive for.

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50th Anniversary Golden Easter Egg Hunt

To celebrate our 50th anniversary we held a charity Easter Egg Hunt!

Over the Easter period we hid five golden Easter eggs, like the one shown, throughout our website.

We offered five chances to WIN a £50 donation to a charity of your choice

Congratulations to our five winners and their chosen charities:


A few societies and associations we are members and sponsors of