About the author

Fighting for survival by Leszek Jakubowski
Leszek Jakubowski – Photograph courtesy of Jacek Gdowski

Leszek Jakubowski is an author, entrepreneur and international consultant with a wealth of experience in leadership and enterprise development.

After completing Business Studies with Economics and Post Graduate studies in Corporate Governance in 1976, Leszek developed his own group of companies in the construction sector.

The group grew organically and through acquisition from start up to employing 150 people with a £7million annual turnover in 15 years. The group of companies collapsed in 1991 leaving Leszek with personal debts to the bank of over £780,000.

After negotiating a settlement with the bank Leszek carved out a successful career in international consultancy. He has worked on consultancy assignments in UK, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Armenia, China, Croatia and Serbia in the private sector and for the British Government, European Union and the World Bank. In 1991 Leszek was advisor to Polish Prime Minister, Jan Krzysztof Bielecki, on enterprise culture and business support infrastructure. During his twenty-five years as an international consultant Leszek lead a range of multi-million-pound international projects in social, economic and organisational development.

Leszek has been President of Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Regional Chairman of Junior Chamber International, Chairman of CambsTEC Training and Enterprise Council and Chairman of British-Polish Chamber of Commerce.

As an established author of one of the best business books, which conveys the trials and tribulations of business failure through an economic recession, Leszek is currently writing his second book which is a biographical novel about his parents during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising in which they fought and during which they fell in love.

Leszek lives in Cambridge and Krakow with his wife Beata. His time is now spent public speaking and influencing men and women in business, where he shares his business knowledge to provide help for small businesses who are/have felt the effects of an economic recession.

About the book

“Fighting for Survival” is the story of two brothers who run an increasingly successful group of construction companies riding high in the boom years of the 1980’s. 

Originally a small family firm founded by Janek Sosinski, who arrived in England from Poland after the war, the Sosinski Group run by the brothers now comprises six companies.

As Britain slides into an economic recession in the early nineties, an expensive legal battle, a rift in the family, betrayal by the director of the most successful company within the group and the terminal illness of one of the brothers and joint managing director brings about the collapse of the group.  




Fighting for Survival” is a behind the headlines story of the real effects of political policy and the recession – a vivid illustration of the human devastation caused by economic downturn.  “Fighting for Survival” shows how the legal system gives judgement but no justice, and how a successful businessman can be destroyed by the intransigence of the banks and the manipulation of receivership.  It is a story of an ordinary man fighting the legal and banking systems, an ordinary man betrayed by someone he trusts, a man who loses control to the institutions and fights the bank who callously serve a writ for one-point-two million pounds on his dying brother.    He faces the loss of his business and his financial security, and equally courageously he faces the death of his brother, partner and best friend. 

Fighting for Survival is one of the best business books to explore the trials and tribulations of business ownership, the mental duress of business failure, and the impact of recession.

A recommended read for entrepreneurs who have or are experiencing the stresses of small business administration.


Fighting for Survival” is a human story with commercial poignancy, showing the human endeavours, personal conflicts, hardship and heartache when a commercial dream is shattered.