This is a dream come true…almost! I am moving our offices into the local pub. It sounds like the perfect combination – although sadly there are no longer any pints available!
As MGP Accountants continues to grow and thrive, we needed new offices and we also didn’t want to leave the wonderful village of Gresford where the company was first launched by former owner and company founder Mike Griffiths 35 years ago.
It’s our home so why would we leave? But we couldn’t find new offices appropriate to allow the businesses to develop.
And then someone came up with the bright idea of taking on the former Yew Tree Inn in the village, which had been on the market for more than three years.
Hooray! Solution solved. If only it was that easy. We bought the pub on the High Street from Marston’s, which then closed its doors on September 30 and that’s when we started our £100,000 revamp to turn it into new offices for the firm.
It was literally out with the bar stools and in with the desks…there may even have still been a half drunk pint on the bar!
So we have moved from our current Chester Road offices to the converted pub. It was a huge undertaking but we wanted to make sure we stayed in Gresford and this was an unusual way to achieve our aim.
The pub was at risk of being sold off to housing developers as so many pubs are these days so by converting it into offices and not knocking it down we are able to keep the building as a key part of the village.
The move will help us to continue to grow the business and we have already welcomed a new member of staff earlier this year and there will be more opportunities throughout the next 12 to 18 months.
We will also be able to offer great customer parking which is fantastic as we know no-body ever leaves enough time to drop their books in!
We’ve been able to involve lots of local businesses with contracts for many of our clients. A first floor three bedroom flat is also included in the pub and expected to be available for rent next month (May).
To celebrate we will be opening our doors to clients and residents in the villages along with other businesses for free refreshments on May 11 from 12 noon to 3pm.
We hope you are able to join us….just a shame we can’t pull you a pint but we may be able to open a bottle of bubbly or two!
Blog by James Denton of Mike Griffiths & Partners (MGP) Accountants