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Axminster Carpets going into administration is 'bitter sweet'
2:52pm Wednesday 6th March 2013 in Local News
THE Axminster Mayor and district council deputy leader said news of Axminster Carpets going into administration is ‘bitter sweet’.
Coun Andrew Moulding has pledged the support of East Devon District Council for the workforce as 300 people are losing their jobs.
Coun Moulding said he had mixed feelings about the rescue package that is being put together.
He said: “I am obviously pleased that the Axminster Carpets brand will be kept alive and that the company is to continue trading in the town.
“But there is a bitter-sweet taste to this news, because of the unhappy revelation that a significant number of jobs will be lost – and that will have an impact on individuals and families.”
The council’s Revenues and Benefits team are working closely with the JobCentre Plus, Axminster Job Club and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau to ensure that people get all the help they need.
They will visit the Axminster Carpets factory on Thursday between 2pm and 4.30 pm to meet with affected employees who may want advice.
Coun Moulding added: “We want to ensure people have access to all the professional advice and guidance that could save them money and help them get back into work at this difficult time.”