Heck given government award

Sausage company Heck has been named as one of the government’s 50 Food Stars, in a new scheme which recognises exciting up-and-coming businesses in Britain’s food and drink industry.

Heck said the government award, announced by environment secretary Liz Truss, is “the icing on the cake” after a successful two years since the brand’s launch.

The company was one of 50 businesses that attended a Downing Street reception last week to mark the launch of the scheme. Defra selected Heck from hundreds of companies as one of the most promising food and drink enterprises in the country.

Jamie Keeble from Heck said: “We’ve had an amazing two years since we set up Heck and feel very proud to be selected as a UK Food Star. Being part of the scheme will open up lots of new doors and give us the opportunity to share experiences and take our business to the next level.”

The company last year appeared on BBC1 programme The Fixer, a show which helps family businesses succeed. Following the appearance Heck has doubled its output, and now has deals with Waitrose, Asda, Tesco and Booths. Heck has also moved into burger and meatball production and has a new state-of-the-art factory on the way.

“We love our job and with so much happening including new products, the new factory and growing our team to cope with increased production, it’s going to be an exciting time ahead for us all,” added Keeble.

Heck were not the only meat businesses to be recognised. Also celebrating inclusion are Redhill Farm, Three Little Pigs and Westaway Sausages.

Food Stars, part of a wider government drive to inspire entrepreneurial activity, is the first initiative of its kind. It aims to help the selected companies grow their businesses further. The Food Stars will attend master classes on a range of topics, as well as receiving constant support over the next year.

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