Scottish cashmere and woollen brand Johnstons of Elgin has opened a new visitor centre at its Eastfield Mills site in Hawick on the Scottish Borders.
As part of the £1m investment in the site a new café and retail outlet has also been opened alongside the visitor centre.
The official opening ceremony took place on May 25 with the Duchess of Northumberland and around 250 guests.
“This is a further step on the way to cementing our position as Scotland’s leading manufacturer of cashmere products both woven and knitted,” said Johnstons of Elgin director James Sugden.
“As well as creating an additional 20 jobs, the retail shop, café and interpretation centre will help to protect the existing manufacturing jobs in Hawick where we already employ 250 people.”
The creation of the visitor centre involved renovating the 1882 frontage to the mill.
Johnstons of Elgin opened a visitor centre at its Elgin site around 25 years ago and this has now developed into a luxury retail business of £5m attracting over 200,000 visitors to the Elgin site.
Johnstons aim to replicate this in Hawick and the shop will sell Johnstons of Elgin knitwear, tweed products, including cashmere and tweed jackets for men and ladies, and Johnstons of Elgin accessories as well as the new Johnstons of Elgin Home collection, featuring fabric for upholstery and curtains.
Mill tours will also be available at the site to demonstrate the skills needed in manufacturing cashmere.
Last year Johnstons of Elgin, which manufactures cashmere products for luxury brands including Burberry and Louis Vuitton, recorded a turnover of £50m and employs a total of 750 staff across the Hawick and Elgin sites.