One hundred workers now have job security after a buyer was found for Axminster Carpets over the weekend.
The company charged with re-structuring the carpet firm is making 300 staff redundant.
Three-quarters of the workforce at Devon-based historic carpets firm Axminster have been made redundant
Police have sealed off an area around an Axminster nursing home after a woman in her fifties was found dead today.
Officers were called to Silverleigh care home in Silver Street at just before 8am after reports of a sudden death.
A police spokesman said the death was currently being treated as “unexplained” and investigations were on-going.
The A35 in Dorset is closed due to a serious accident this afternoon involving three vehicles between A3052 (Charmouth) and B3165 (Axminster).
It happened by the Hunters Lodge Inn and is causing big delays in the area. Police say the road is likely to be closed for some time.
A diversion is in place via Bridport, Crewkerne, Chard and Axminster. Westbound traffic should follow the hollow black square, eastbound should follow the solid black square.
A rescue deal has been done to save Axminster Carpets from collapse.
A consortium, including Centric Commercial Finance Ltd and led by private investor Stephen Boyd, has taken over the business from administrators.
The company confirmed that the remaining 100 employees at Axminster will keep their jobs. The two outlet stores are also secure and have been transferred to the new company.
The Devon firm went into administration in March, leading to the loss of three hundred jobs.
The newly formed business, now called "Axminster Carpets (2013) Ltd" will involve many of the senior management team and will begin trading on Monday 8th April 2013.
A meeting's being held in Axminster later this morning to help townspeople deal with job cuts. Earlier this month Axminster Carpets announced it was shedding 300 jobs. The meeting at the Guildhall is aimed at giving support to redundant workers
Hundreds of workers at Axminster Carpets have today been coming to terms with the fact they've lost their jobs. Administrators announced yesterday that three quarters of the workforce were being made redundant.
Production continued today at the Axminster factory, but the yarn spinning mill at Buckfast has shut down completely. This morning workers met up for a meeting outside the locked gates. Our Business Correspondent Seth Conway reports.
Axminster Carpets workers have been paid this morning for the first time in two weeks.
The company entered administration yesterday and announced it was making 300 staff redundant. Those workers will have to apply to the government for redundancy money.
Administrators will keep just 100 staff after deciding to downscale the company's carpet manufacturing operations at Axminster and Buckfast. It will also end yarn production but two factory outlet stores will remain open.
The company, which dates back 250 years, blamed a sharp increase in raw material prices and the UK's continuing economic difficulties for the decision to go into administration.
It is one of Devon's biggest employers and its plight prompted more than 6,000 people to sign a petition calling for it to be saved.