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Axminster Saved!

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Axminster Saved!

It’s official. Axminster Carpets has been saved from closure by a local consortium. Headed by Josh Dutfield, a former Managing Director of the firm and supported by Stephen Boyd a private investor, Axminster will now trade under the name of Axminster Carpets 2013 Limited and safeguard the remaining 100 skeleton staff that has been loyal to the firm during the transition.

In a statement Mr Duttfield said, “As a local man, born and bred, I have fought for the survival of this business over the last few months and indeed the last few weeks have been the most challenging of my life.

"I have been determined to do everything possible to secure the continuation of the business for the Axminster community and I feel a sense of pride in securing our future."

Mr Dutfield also said there was a "strong and talented team" with the skills needed to take the "fantastic brand and company" into the future.

"We march forward with pride and with a passion to succeed," he stated.

The new company will now focus on its retail network and the domestic consumer side of the business in a move that clearly shows focus and positivity for the future of the brand.

As casual observers, we have watched this story hit some real lows and without a doubt, there was a very real possibility that the carpet company could have just disappeared off the face of the planet. With the incredible effort of Josh Duttfield, who clearly has a passion for the business, it would appear that we are able to continue talking about Axminster.

But this time in a much more positive form.


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