Working practices and customs: Cypriots prefer face-to-face meetings and email and telephone correspondence is regarded as impersonal. Trust and personal relationships form the basis of business, and loyalty is to the individual rather than the company. Ensure you are on time for meetings, but do not be surprised to be kept waiting. Meetings tend to veer off the agenda and are often interrupted, so you need to be patient. Decisions are rarely reached at meetings, which are seen as a discussion and ideas forum. Business dress is similar to that in the UK and other European countries.