LGC: The making of a company is an account of the final years of the Laboratory of the Government Chemist Next Steps Agency, the complex process of privatisation in 1996, and LGC's remarkable growth as a private company over the ensuing decade. It is a fascinating narrative by the founder, Richard Worswick, who led the transformation of LGC into an international company which now has laboratories and offices in more than 20 countries.

The book will be of interest primarily to those who were involved in the transformation of the organisation, but will also appeal to a wider audience interested in privatisation, strategic planning, acquisitions, the management of change, employee share ownership and how a private organisation can successfully supply entrepreneurial science services to the public and private sectors.

'Privatisation gave former government-owned organisations the chance to flourish in the competitive world of enterprise.  Here is a story to inspire all those who have already made, or are about to make, the change.'

The Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine, CH, President of the Board of Trade (1992-5), Deputy Prime Minister (1995-7)

'LGC’s success demonstrates that sound science and business enterprise can combine to great effect.'

Professor Sir David King, Government Chief Scientific Adviser (2000-8)

'The success of LGC provides a model of entrepreneurship in a science-based business.'

The Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills

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