Newport-based IT support firm A2Z Computing has renovated a church as part of its new office expansion.

The property was bought by the company's director Az Ashraf 20 years ago when he set up the business but the firm occupied the ground floor only.

The development has increased the size of the workspace from a 1,800 sq ft ground floor office to a 5,300 sq ft control centre which spans two floors.

Az Ashraf said: "The business has been growing rapidly and we've been crying out for additional space. We have workshops, IT repair units and staff contact centres all based at our offices and after the addition of many new contracts it was essential for us to expand. This extra space has allowed us to upgrade, improve and customise our space to suit our needs."

The company has secured a raft of IT support and consulting contracts for education institutes and has developed its own hardware product for the education and third sector, which is set to be launched in the near future.

The additional space will be used to grow this arm of the business while allowing staff the space they need to research and develop concepts for the benefit of their varied client base.

Mr Ashraf said: "This move is ideal for us as it doesn’t require relocating. We are simply maximising the property we’re already in. This expansion has also allowed us to assess the whole infrastructure of the company and has given us the opportunity to make improvements to the business as a whole."

A2Z Computing supplies a plethora of hardware including PCs, laptops and tablets. It also develops its own software for clients in public services. Currently, it employs seven staff but will be making a series of new appointments throughout the year across the different arms of the business.

In addition to its local client base the company deals with businesses across the world with clients as far away as New Zealand.