Forman's Games is a must-read for any student of family business. It is the story of Lance Forman, the fourth generation of his family to join the smoked salmon business after his great grandfather brought the technique to the UK from Ukraine.
It is a story of relationships, family dynamics, having to prove oneself, a devastating fire and the London Olympics and the impact on the family firm.
Well worth a read of this piece and then getting hold of a copy of the book too! Lance is also the Opening Keynote speaker at The Great British Family Business 2017.
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Lance was successful in his own right before he joined H Forman & Son. After studying economics at Cambridge, he joined PwC and worked there for six years. His job took him to Poland to manage the privatisation of medium-sized enterprises. When he left PwC, he enjoyed a brief career as special adviser to Peter Lilley, who was then secretary of state for trade and industry. After politics, he set up a property development company with a friend specialising in Eastern Europe. So when Lance joined the family fish-smoking firm, he was a qualified accountant, a property developer and had had experience of politics at the highest level.