The administrators of City Link have announced 2,356 redundancies after a deal to keep the delivery firm afloat foundered.
A statement from Ernst & Young said the jobs would be shed at all of the companies UK sites. A workforce of just 371 will remain to process parcels still in the network and to help wind down operations.
Ernst & Young said that an offer for the firm had been made by a consortium "which offered no money up front" and that no deal had been reached.
Workers facing redundancy from collapsed courier firm City Link were offered hope today after it was claimed there had been a "credible bid" to save part of the business.
Staff at the company, many of whom learnt of its collapse on Christmas Day, have been warned to expect "substantial redundancies" among its 2,727-strong workforce.
But they were offered a small degree of hope after Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT union, disclosed unconfirmed details of a possible rescue, with Business Secretary Vince Cable said to be aware of developments.
Mr Cable's department said queries about the potential bid should be made to administrators at EY. EY did not immediately have a response to the RMT's claim.
It's the last day at work for more than 150 City Link workers in Devon.
The firm which has depots in Exeter and Plymouth called in the administrators on Christmas Eve. The majority of staff had no idea the company was in trouble.
150 staff working for City Link in Plymouth and Exeter will lose their jobs by the end of the week. Many of them were told of the redundancy plans on Christmas Day after the firm went into administration. John Andrews reports:
It's emerged that 150 staff working for City Link in Plymouth and Exeter will lose their jobs by the end of the week.
Many workers were told of the redundancy plans on Christmas Day after the firm went into administration. The majority of staff had no idea the company was in trouble.
We had done quite well as far as we were concerned.
This year people have been working hard. A lot of our drivers have really worked hard, and the warehouse worked hard. Basically, everyone had to work hard this year to try to make everything work.
And as far as we knew it was going well and even the managers at depot level had no idea what was going to happen.
Parcel delivery company City Link Limited has gone into administration, with hundreds of jobs in the West at stake.
Administrators Ernst and Young took over the company on Christmas Eve.
It's likely to affect several depots and smaller delivery firms here who subcontract for the Company
City Link depots in Plymouth and Exeter are opening today so customers can pick up their parcels.
The courier firm stopped trading on Christmas Eve when it went into administration.
The business has ceased to accept new parcels from customers and its depots will remain open for a short period of time to enable customers or intended recipients to collect parcels. Those customers who placed parcels with City Link on Christmas Eve for delivery are urged to go to the depot to retrieve their parcels as soon as possible.
Any intended recipients who have been notified of a failed delivery are also urged to go to the depot to collect their parcel as soon as possible. The depots will reopen following the Christmas holiday break on Monday 29 December 2014 to enable parties to collect parcels. City Link will no longer be able to deliver any further parcels and customers are urged to make alternative arrangements for future deliveries.
The Met Office has issued the following forecast for this evening into Christmas Day:
It will be dry with clear spells through the evening and night. Winds will ease, which with clear skies will allow a patchy frost to form. Minimum temperature 3C (37F).
There will be a chilly to start on Christmas Day, but staying fine, dry and cold. There will be plenty of sunshine throughout, and clear spells during the evening will lead to a widespread frost. Maximum temperature 9C (48F).
It will be cold and dry at first on Boxing Day, then turning cloudy, wet and windy later.
Heavy rain and gales are possible possible overnight and through Saturday. On Sunday it will be drier and colder.
The South Western Ambulance Service has had one of its busiest weekends on record - with the control room handling an unprecedented number of calls. And while the majority were genuine emergencies, there is a growing problem with time wasters who needlessly call 999.
The call below, in which a woman calls the emergency services after finding a dead cat, is just one example of what operators have to deal with.
Experts are predicting a 2% increase in houses prices in the South West next year.
According to the annual market forecast from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the region is set for one of smallest regional growths in the country.