Axminster Carpets on a roll again in the USA
Six months after it was rescued from administration Axminster Carpets has recruited an additional 50 staff and won high-profile new contracts in America.
As well as securing orders for a committee room in the US House of Representatives and a hotel owned by Donald Trump, the business is preparing to break new ground by moving into rug production for the first time as it bids to grow its customer base.
The world-famous manufacturer hit the headlines in March when it was announced that 300 workers were being made redundant after the firm called in administrators.
A month later a rescue consortium, led by Somerset-based businessman Stephen Boyd, bought the firm out of administration, taking on 100 of its former employees immediately with a further 50 workers now recruited.
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Since then its turnover has doubled and the firm is now focused on growth with increased marketing activity and new products including "edgier" designs and rugs.
Mr Boyd said: "It's such an exciting prospect to take on an iconic brand like this."
The company still makes carpets for Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street.