A Bedale-based sausage manufacturer has opened its new £3.5m sausage manufacturing plant with help from Lloyds Bank.
Heck Food has created 75 jobs after opening the new sausage world in North Yorkshire, which produces more than 700 sausages per minute.
Heck is aiming to double its share in the premium sausage market after opening the new Bedale factory, with the firm expecting to increase its turnover to £18m this year.
Lloyds Bank provided support with a £2.35m and a £530,000 hire purchase facility to help fund the facilitys new production lines.
Founded just four years ago, co-founders Andrew and Debbie Keeble and team have grown the company into a multimillion-pound business.
The new factory is set an agricultural setting which had historic connections to the Keeble family and allowed the production building and supporting facilities to be designed with the Heck ethos.
Andrew Keeble, co-founder of Heck Food, said: "Our investment in the new factory will be key to securing Hecks place as Britains favourite sausage on the plate."
"Innovation is at the heart of what we do and we've been busy taking the traditional British banger and giving it a healthier makeover.
"The vegetarian brand we launched with Waitrose last year has been a huge success, while our lower fat chicken and new vegan ranges are going down a storm too."
He added: "We're one of the last independent businesses in the British sausage industry, selling nearly double the volume of our closest competitor.
"Lloyds Bank has been an important partner in helping us to grow further and continue to innovate."
Ian Smellie, relationship director at Lloyds Bank, said: "Our latest food and drink report found that producers in the sector are optimistic with an appetite for expansion.
"After opening the new factory, Heck is in an excellent position to exceed growth expectations for food and drink firms over the next five years.
"It's ambitious and innovative producers like Heck that are creating jobs and investing in growing young talent, and helping Britains food and drink sector to prosper."
Celsius Projects has partnered with the Heck team for three years and helped bring the unique production facility to life.
Pete Wright, from Celsius Projects, added: "We designed and delivered the construction for the two-story structure that houses a full production process from goods in, temperature controlled storage, high / low care production, goods out and all staff facilities and offices required to form a headquarters building."
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