Yes, it's confirmed (and thanks to my correspondent for the early tip-off). A4e has been sold to Staffline Group for £34.5m. The story is here.
Staffline has acquired the entire issued share capital for £23.5m. That's almost £20m for Emma Harrison, who owned 85% of the shares. There are more complications, but that's basically it.
Staffline reckons A4e is a "profitable, cash generative business" and the acquisition is good for the company. Remember that all that cash is straight from the pockets of tax-payers.
A4e's staff have been told by email this morning about the deal. They now face waiting to hear about their future. Andrew Dutton and the entire group board will also be looking for work.