THE German Ambassador has praised the quality of manufacturing in Hawick.
Georg Boomgarden visited Emtelle, House of Cheviot, Hawick Cashmere and Mainetti during a tour of the town, hosted by local MP Michael Moore, last Friday.
The Ambassador met with workers and managers and saw the design, manufacture and marketing processes of different Borders products.
He said: “From the most advanced modern technology to traditional craftsmanship, the Borders provides a variety of trades and industries to a very high standard.”
Some goods made in Hawick are already popular in Germany and the purpose of the visit was to further promote Borders manufacturing.
Mr Moore said: “I am very pleased that the German Ambassador was able to visit the Borders and see some of the excellent, high quality goods which we produce.
“The stamp ‘Made in Scotland’ is already highly regarded in Germany and the purpose of this visit was to further promote the unique products which we manufacture here in the Borders to the country’s Ambassador.
“As MP for the Borders and Secretary of State for Scotland, I am committed to promoting Scottish and Borders manufacturing and industry and I want to see our exports increase to countries like Germany.
“Visits like this are part of this process and provide an opportunity for us to show off the fantastic products we make.”
The Ambassador was very interested to learn about the training and education offered to new employees.
He encouraged all partners to maintain an international outlook, including learning foreign languages.
Mr Moore added: “I want to pass on my thanks to those who played their part in making the day so successful and I particularly want to thank the Ambassador for his visit.”