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The journey begins

1884

George Paterson and George Zochonis set up a trading post in Sierra Leone, trading goods between West Africa and the UK across challenging geographies in a period of slow and difficult travel . The two men shared strong beliefs in how to do business effectively and responsibly, with an entrepreneurial spirit, an eye for great opportunities and a can– do attitude - values that still guide the organisation today!

1899

Paterson and Zochonis open their first branch office in Nigeria – a country which would become our biggest market employing the majority of our people.