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The Skilled Entrepreneur - Greece - 1

Mrs N came to Greece in the early ‘80s and soon met and married her Greek husband. She had had vocational training in accountancy back home in Austria.

At first she set up a family business importing beverages, in which Mrs N headed up the management of the stock as well as the outgoings. Her husband was particularly interested in beer as a product and in the late ‘80s they began to import beer from abroad and became the first to import these types of beer into Greece. Unfortunately a new profit opportunity will always attract competition so larger companies with more established and widespread networks of distribution quickly entered the market.

In 1995 Mrs N set up, and still maintains, a wholesale company with her husband’s help. She undertook the financial management of the company, which allowed her to exercise total overall control as well as working in an area which she enjoyed and was trained to do.

When asked about the differences between setting up a company in Greece and in Austria, Mrs N states that the differences lie in the time needed to process documents as well as the methods in which payments are made. Mrs N advises immigrants who wish to open a business in Greece to ensure they have an original and innovative idea, strength of character, patience and infinite time to dedicate to their work and of course it is desirable to have the support of their family.  

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