Lawrence Wosskow rose from humble beginnings in Sheffield to become a multi-million pound entrepreneur, taking ownership of a number of high-profile UK companies, including Out of Town Restaurants Group, the UK’s largest shopping center caterer, which single handedly changed the eating habits of millions of British shoppers; Free Spirit, a chain of surf/outdoor retail stores; and the ice cream brands Loseley and Bradwell’s. In 2005, he bought Little Chef, a troubled chain of 230 roadside restaurants, but was forced to retire due to ill health before he could revive the company. However, more recently, he began investing his wealth in UK commercial properties, most notably changing the face of Harrogate’s city center. Lawrence has been at the coalface of UK retail for more than 30 years, bringing his personal vision and energy to the business of changing how Britons eat, shop and enjoy themselves.
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This deliciously frank memoir by high-profile business entrepreneur, Lawrence Wosskow, charts his personal history in tandem with the dramatic successes and challenges of his ground-breaking career in the food and leisure industries, including his attempt to rescue British icon, Little Chef, which was abruptly curtailed by a near-fatal heart attack (providing the ironic reference to “the killer deal”). Lawrence Wosskow has consistently created headlines throughout his adventures in changing the way the British public enjoys itself – he’s the reason you can buy ice cream year-round in shopping centres, for example.
The book begins with Wosskow in the grip of a terrifying heart attack that threatens to claim his life. He reflects on his willful avoidance of signs that his health was in trouble, along with his passion for the business project that almost certainly caused the attack to happen – reviving the near-dead but much-loved Little Chef. He charts the adventures that brought him to this crucial junction, from being appointed youngest department buyer at Marks and Spencer, through revolutionizing the ice-cream business, his wheels and deals in the fast-food restaurant world, and then on through his life-changing crisis to a “second life” focused more on charity fund-raising and family (with a healthy dose of real-estate speculation thrown in) that was nevertheless marred by the betrayal and prosecution for fraud of his most trusted business partner. All throughout, Wosskow acknowledges how the chronic anxiety he inherited from his mother propelled him to achieve entrepreneurial and financial success, while relentlessly driving him to further heights before he could enjoy full satisfaction in milestones gained.
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Primarily British audience; people who fondly remember dining at Little Chef; people interested in incredible business stories.
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