PREMIUM SAUSAGE FIRM PLANS FOR EXPANSION
29th January 2016
A family-owned premium sausage, burger and meatball business which has featured on BBC Two's The Fixer programme has submitted plans for a 30,000 sq ft production and warehouse facility, along with a visitor centre at Kirklington near Bedale.
Husband and wife Andrew and Debbie Keeble launched Heck! Food after selling their previous sausage business, Debbie and Andrew's. The North Yorkshire manufacturer's sausages are stocked in retailers such as Tesco, Asda and Morrisons.
Property consultancy Carter Jonas has submitted plans on behalf of Heck after the business outgrew its current premises on Leeming Bar Industrial Estate. Heck plans to invest £3.4m in the new development which will also create 32 jobs in the area.
David Boulton, head of planning in the North at Carter Jonas, said: "Andrew and Debbie are an inspiration to work with and unbridled in their ambition and approach to a business they clearly love.
"The move to purpose-designed manufacturing premises adjacent to the A1M will enable the firm to consolidate its business from three sites, more than double employment in this rural location, as well as firmly connect the business to its North Yorkshire roots on the family farm.
"The visitor centre is part of Heck's innovative business approach and clear desire to broaden the appeal of their business by engaging young people as well customers in understanding the opportunities offered by the food industry, as well as demystifying some of the myths associated with it."
TV viewers grew familiar with the Heck Food team on BBC Two's The Fixer programme broadcast in September 2014 and the company was ranked fourth on the latest Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table of fastest growing private companies.
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