Bulgaria joined the European Union on 1 January, so at the end of last year we sent Simon to assess the mood in the former Eastern Bloc nation.
The UK government is preparing to bar entry to many low-skilled workers from both Bulgaria and Romania by imposing an annual limit of 20,000 to be allowed in.
Meanwhile, thousands of British property investors are already seeking investment opportunities in the former Eastern Bloc nation.
You can watch again our special reports on Bulgarian life and the country's mix of opinions to EU accession.
Simon visits Pamporovo, one of Bulgaria's biggest ski resorts, to find out whether holiday property there is good value.
He talks to local people and takes a tour of the resort with an estate agent from Bulgarian Dreams, which specialises in the country's property market.
All the big ski resorts in Bulgaria are getting a major facelift with new apartment blocks being built, as well as new restaurants and pistes.
Thousands of British property investors have already been sinking their money into holiday flats in ski resorts and on the coast.
There is much excitement about investing in Bulgarian property, partly in anticipation of the country joining the EU.
Property prices jumped have 19% in the last year, and 32% the previous year.
Simon caught up with Working Lunch viewer Paul Robinson, who has found buying in Bulgaria a lot trickier than he expected.
The British property investor tells his cautionary tale.
A BULGARIAN FAMILY
We spend time with a Bulgarian family to find out how they make ends meet.
The young couple with a baby live in the country's capital Sofia, with the mother staying at home and the father being a graphic designer on an average wage of £57 a week.
We ask them about their attitudes to the EU and whether it will mean anything to them to become a part of it.
BACKING RENEWABLE ENERGY
Simon visits a new hydropower station in the south west of Bulgaria which is supported by the CarbonNeutral scheme in the UK.
This is one of the projects that benefits from carbon offset, a way of compensating for our carbon disoxide emissions.
Bulgaria itself is facing something of an energy crisis at the moment, so renewable power is going to have to be taken more seriously.
SETTING UP A BUSINESS
Simon visits the William Hughes Factory, which is a British family business, near Plovdiv in the Bulgarian countryside.
The factory, which makes wire carcasses for car seats, has moved to Bulgaria mainly because of low wages and cheap land.
Simon learns how tricky it is to set up a business in Bulgaria, and what difference joining the EU will make.
HOPES AND FEARS
Simon looks into what joining the EU will mean for Bulgarian business.
As Bulgaria is most famous for its yoghurt, he visits a mountain dairy to find out what new EU measures mean for farmers.
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