Morpeth residents Paul Aitken and Yiota Giannakopoulou have spoken of their delight at dunking their £100,000-a-year salary and starting their own business.
The couple, who are set to marry next year, have turned over a new leaf by becoming one of the UK’s main importers of organic Greek tea and honey.
They netted a six-figure income and enjoyed all the trappings of success – including expensive cars and a second home near Athens.
But they decided to change career as a result of the long working hours and have now launched Shelgo Tea.
Their produce – a delicacy in Greece – is handpicked from the slopes of the country’s highest peak, Mount Olympus.
Paul, 33, said: “Yiota and I had become entrenched in our jobs, which were stressful and unrelenting and gave us little joy.
“When the opportunity came to start Shelgo Tea, we both jumped at the chance.
“It was our one chance to do something different with our lives and we are overjoyed that we had the courage to take it.”
Yiota, 35, added: “With luck, this new venture will enable us to focus on the most important thing in life – each other.”
The produce is available in environmentally-friendly packaging through the website www.ShelgoTea.co.uk