Redundancy response information and advice session to be held at Axminster Carpets on Thursday 3 October from 2pm

In response to the recently announced redundancies at Axminster Carpets, East Devon District Council’s Economic Development Service has coordinated the delivery of a redundancy response information and advice session on Thursday 3 October from 2pm in the Boardroom of Axminster Carpets Ltd, Axminster, EX13 5PQ.

A range of support services have been invited to attend and provide information about their organisation or relevant area of work.

By Thursday, each of the affected staff will have been personally informed of redundancy and will be offered the opportunity to come and attend the session to find out about universal credit/benefits, council tax, options for retraining and skills development, finding alternative work, support for self-employment and more.

Organisations attending:

East Devon District Council: East Devon’s Economic Development Manager will be there to listen to affected staff and advise as appropriate. He will tell them about other local employers and offer free hot desking/workspace at the East Devon Business Centre in Honiton. Business Information Point will be sending a qualified business support advisor along to discuss options for self-employment. A representative from East Devon’s Benefits team will also be present to discuss council tax implications and options.

Job Centre Plus: Dave Clark will be attending from Job Centre Plus to share information on finding work in Devon and will be bringing along both Citizen’s Advice and The Careers Service. Axminster Job Club will be meeting that morning and may also have information to share.

Education + Training Skills: ETS can discuss providing individuals with free bespoke training and employability skills packages.

Learn Devon: To discuss opportunities for adult learning, qualifications and skills.

The boardroom at Axminster Carpets will be available for use together with some small meeting rooms for one to one discussions.

Cllr Kevin Blakey, East Devon District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economy, said: 

We were deeply saddened by the news of these redundancies at one of East Devon’s most established and renowned companies. This event will connect those affected with the right information and advice to help them find alternative roles, to upskill, retrain or think about self-employment as well as ensuring they understand about benefits and support available.

Axminster Ward Members (Cllrs Andrew Moulding, Ian Hall and Sarah Jackson), said:

As a council, we’ll do all we can to support the individuals and families affected by these redundancies, but as a community, we want to be proactive in making clear just how skilled this workforce is. Axminster has a strong and resilient industrial base with many of our key employers both in and around the town seeking to expand. Access to skilled staff is a common issue for growing businesses, so we call on local heads of enterprise to contact Axminster Carpets to discuss the roles you can offer to highly skilled and experienced local people.