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AXMINSTER: Carpets lay off six staff

Tuesday, 08 July 2014

Union officials will meet with Axminster Carpets management on Wednesday July 16th after the company announced six outright job losses and the non-renewal of four short-term contracts. Community Union regional organiser Sue Lewis said the union is “very concerned about any job losses” but acknowledged it could be difficult to predict labour needs for what is essentially a new business. She added: “Our main concern is to understand exactly how the company is performing. “Lots of good news is coming out of Axminster Carpets, and we are keen for that to continue.” The job losses were announced in a statement issued on Tuesday July 1st. A company spokesperson said: “We are regularly reviewing our resourcing needs to ensure we can capitalise and reflect demand in real time in the market place.     “It’s vital that the long-term prospects for the company are preserved and therefore the decision has been taken not to renew four short-term contracts as we head into the slower summer months (we offer short term contracts to take advantage of natural rises in demand throughout the year).     Regret job losses “This has coincided with a business review after the first year’s trading to ensure maximum efficiency throughout the company. This has resulted in six permanent roles being affected. We are currently in talks with the Community Union on this issue. “While we regret any resulting job losses as a result of this business review, we have to be commercially realistic and make decisions which ensure this business is stable and secure for the future.   “One additional person, who is on a zero hours contract, and who we have been able to offer full time hours to at various points in the last few months to help fulfil specific orders, will now work ten hours per week.   “Our headcount will now be 154.”   Following the upheaval in spring last year, the reformed company has seen “a positive first year’s trading as the new Axminster Carpets business”. The spokesperson said: “Sales are currently plus 30 per cent on the same period last year although they are not at the level that we are aiming for yet.   “Although the market is showing signs of good recovery, conditions still remain tough for all of our sector and. “We continue to work very hard to grow the business and we have secured some fantastic new high profile commercial contracts in recent months, including Brighton Pavilion, Downing Street, First Great Western and Bombardier, as well as launching the new rugs range and Ready to Weave.   “We’re now also in the process of rolling out the Royal Borough range to the UK domestic market.”


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