James Denton, of Park Hall, who runs Mike Griffiths & Partners (MGP) Accountants, is the new owner of the former Yew Tree Inn in Gresford, near Wrexham.

Mr Denton, who bought the accountancy firm nine years ago, took over the pub on High Street from Marston’s Brewery which then closed its doors on September 30. The pub had been on the market for more than three years.

MGP Accountants will now move from its nearby current offices on Chester Road in Gresford to the converted pub.

Mr Denton, who currently employs five members of staff, said the investment and the move was a vital part of his strategic plans for growth.

He said it was extremely important for him to keep the business in Gresford as that is where the firm was first launched by the former owner and company founder Mike Griffiths 35 years ago.

Mr Denton said the pub was at risk of being sold off to housing developers if he had not bought it so he was pleased he was able to keep the building as a key part of the village.

Mr Denton has already welcomed a new member of staff earlier this year and plans to offer more jobs throughout the next 12 to 18 months.

Lucy Bennett started her apprenticeship as a trainee accountant in February.

He said: “The former Yew Tree Inn was a perfect move for us as it offers extensive space which we have converted into office accommodation on the ground floor.

“This gives us the much needed office space and also space for our expanding team.

“The internal conversion was a huge undertaking but we are extremely pleased with the finished open plan office,” Mr Denton said.

“The pub is a prominent building in a conservation area opposite All Saints Church which is home to one of the seventh Wonders of Wales so we are very happy we have been able to secure the building.”

Mr Denton said the internal revamp had resulted in contracts for many of his clients and local companies.