Our Credentials

Nothing but excellence - a little bit about us and our history.

Our History

Cranleigh STEM & Sustainability is an independent, family-run business offering bespoke recruitment services for the science, sustainability and engineering sectors across the UK.

Since 2001, we've been carefully building relationships with all kinds of businesses, from small start-ups to multi-national enterprises.

In the process, we've established a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable and effective companies in our industry. In fact, many of our clients employ us as their sole suppliers.

Read on to discover why – and to see how we can help you.



Back to where it all began! Sally Emmett establishes Cranleigh Scientific with three members of staff. The team starts building strong relationships with Afton Chemical, Hexcel, Firmenich and P&G. So strong, in fact, that we’re still working with them today.


We secure our first international pharmaceutical supplier contract.


We win Best Overall Recruitment Business and Best Candidate Communication, and are nominated for Best Industry Knowledge, at the Recruit Rank Awards. We buy a cabinet.


We break £1 million turnover!


We place our 1,000th candidate, and reach 90% repeat business. That’ a lot of happy people!


We partner with 100 clients across a variety of sectors – biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemical, material, food and medical devices.


We’re invited by Thermo Fisher to exclusively supply laboratory and technical staff to their sites across the UK.


We make a huge investment in our search technology and database, providing our consultants with state-of-the-art tools. This pays off, dramatically improving efficiency and service delivery.


Our founder, Sally Emmett, takes a well-deserved semi-retirement while Directors Alex, Gareth and Laurence take the reins. The business moves to a larger office in Guildford so we can keep on expanding. There’s no stopping us now!


Our Health & Safety division is launched. At this point, our sales have increased 300% since 2011.


We have 15 staff members; three specialist divisions; a science-themed, open-plan office with a games room; 200 regular clients; and are recognised as one of the leading technical recruitment companies in the UK. Plus, we’re entered in to the national REC Awards for Best Small Company to Work For (and not just for the games room!).

We Share Your Passion

We fill both permanent, contract and temporary roles at all levels within the following industry sectors:

Business Sectors:

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Biotechnology
  • Medical Devices
  • Chemicals
  • Food and FMCG
  • CRO & Clinical
  • Materials
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Environmental
  • Energy
  • Agrochemical
  • Sustainability
  • Animal Health
  • Cell & Gene Therapy
  • CTO

Skill Sectors:

  • Laboratory
  • Research & Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Quality Control
  • Production
  • Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Operations
  • Sales & Commercial
  • Finance
  • Executive/C-Suite