East Devon council offers support to Axminster Carpets staff

Following this week’s announcement that Axminster Carpets had entered administration, East Devon District Council has said it will be working with partner organisations to assist staff facing redundancy.

East Devon council offers support to Axminster Carpets staff

The historic carpet-making company, once one of the biggest employers in the area, entered administration on Wednesday with almost all of the remaining 90 staff members being made redundant.

The council is re-convening a support network, which will give staff the opportunity to access direct support, advice and guidance to help them through this difficult period.

East Devon is bringing together a group of relevant organisations, who will be available at the Axminster Job Club at Pippins, Lyme Road, Axminster on Thursday, February 27.

This session will be repeated over the following weeks as many times as is necessary to ensure that the needs of all redundant staff are met.

Affected staff will be offered the opportunity to come and speak one-to-one with representatives from organisations to find out about universal credit/benefits, council tax, options for retraining and skills development, finding alternative work, support for self-employment.

Organisations offering support will include the council itself, as well as Business Information Point, Job Centre Plus, Citizens Advice, the National Careers Service, Education + Training Skills, Learn Devon, Axminster Job Club, and Community (trade union).

The council wants to encourage all staff, including those unable to attend the event, to speak to the right people and organisations who will understand their individual situations and who are best placed to offer advice and valuable practical support.

Councillor Kevin Blakey, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for economy, said: “We are deeply saddened at the news of further redundancies at Axminster Carpets.

“East Devon District Council responded in October 2019 with a programme of support for employees affected by redundancy at that time. We are now working with a range of partner organisations to widen our support via a series of redundancy support events at Axminster Job Club for as long as the support is required.

“We recognise that finding alternative employment is a daunting task for those facing redundancy, but we are keen that the skills and expertise of the highly trained workforce are recognised by other prospective employers who undoubtedly can benefit from this pool of talent.”

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