About Grant Instruments

From singing birds to water baths

Grant was born over 67 years ago, through one man’s vision and passion for invention. Peter Ward, a Cambridge University economics graduate and Olympic three-mile runner had a hobby for repairing mechanical singing birds. From this, some might say, unlikely link, Peter went on to create his first commercial invention, a water bath. Together, with Cecil Chapman who joined Grant in 1954, both Cecil and Peter built the foundations of Grant to instil strong values that remain deep-rooted in the company today.

As a pioneer of temperature control Grant have for decades been developing innovative scientific and data acquisition tools to the scientific, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide.

We are proud to say that we manufacture most of our products in the UK. Our R&D team are based in-house, together with our sales and customer support teams, giving our customers and partners the levels of service they expect. Grants’ guiding principle set out all those years ago in 1951, to ensure we provide “speed of service”, is a strong value that we still stand by today.

Where we are today

Since we first began our journey in 1951, we have become renowned worldwide. We have built up a global presence, across 70 different counties. We have over 10,000 scientific products sold annually and 80,000 data acquisition products sold in total worldwide. We have over 60 employees across the USA, India, Singapore and in our UK HQ on the outskirts of Cambridge.

The core of our business is bringing innovation and high-quality products direct to laboratories, healthcare and industrial markets. In all three sectors, we bring industry leading products that give high-performance and reliability. Our products are built in the UK and EU with regionally based teams to manage your needs, we can offer you the perfect blend of people and precision built products.

We are invested growth

Through the company’s life span we have grown both organically and through acquisition. We are partnership driven and pride ourselves on building longstanding relationships to strengthen what we do now and in the future. Grant co-owns Eltek a UK based business and Biosan, a life science company based in Latvia.

We are market leaders

Grant are design and manufacture leaders worldwide. We have over ten customer-facing staff globally to talk expertly about our products and solutions. We have nine R&D team members in the UK. We pride ourselves on having end-to-end product ownership, that means we design, manufacture and service all our products in-house, with a single-minded focus on our customers’ experience.

Our vision

To create products and solutions that help impact vital discoveries and routine analysis around the world for the scientific, healthcare and industrial markets. Together, we can make science smarter.

Our mission

We have one clear mission, to make pioneering inventions, that are high-quality and bring high levels of reliability, helping our customers make vital scientific discoveries together with routine research.

Our values

We are built on strong foundations that stem from our founder’s passion for innovation, quality and reliability. Our values play a central role in our daily work. Our principle value “speed of service” remains at the heart of all we do today.