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It may seem like a giant leap to you, but trust me, it didn't to us. Our initial venture consisted of a few plots of land, a camera and a gap in the market. Now it's an office, 14 properties, and 11 more on the way.

Starting a business was the last thing on our minds when Deidre, that's my wife, and I decided to move to Greece. We were aiming just to get 'normal' jobs and integrate within our new community. And that's exactly what we did at first. The idea for a business was literally a passing thought that nurtured over time. Although it may be the typical British thing to go and do, it didn't seem so at the time. We fell into property. Or rather, property fell into us.

I was plumbing at the time, and started doing more-and-more to houses, and it suddenly turned into full-on building and estate work. It may seem like a giant leap to you, but trust me, it didn't to us. Our initial venture consisted of a few plots of land, a camera and a gap in the market. Now it's an office, 14 properties, and 11 more on the way.

It was only last year that we were established as an official company. This wasn't very difficult either. It was a case of registering from a plumber to a builder, then Deidre and I registering ourselves as a partnership and setting up at the tax office. Thankfully, there were no limitations on non-nationals because Greece is a member of the EU. I am certain that, if we were establishing a company of higher risk, then, yes, there would have been a more lengthy process involving licenses, etc, just like in the UK. We obviously fell into the right industry!

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