NORTH Yorkshire sausage makers Heck are saying bangers to Brexit and expanding globally including a revolutionary new Heckfurter for the German market.

So deal or no deal the family firm, which established their new business at Kirklington, near Bedale, four years ago, say they are planning a £4m expansion, increasing their factory space by 25 per cent.

It will create a further 60 jobs and mean the firm can open their doors with a new visitor centre which has already been dubbed 'Sausage World'.

Co-founder Jamie Keeble said the new plant will enable them to increase production including the opening of an international mail order business and launching the Heckfurter, which they say is a healthy version of the frankfurter, into the German market.

He said the expansion is an example of Yorkshire and German collaboration.

"Despite all the doom and gloom about Brexit, we are proud to be a European family and friends business. We will be investing in more German machinery in our factory and can now get bangers to Berlin as fast as we can get sausages to Southampton. We are looking forward to taking our tasty range to kitchen tables across the continent.

"Our approach to tasty, quality food continues to be a winner and we have had increased listings across all national retailers this year in addition to launching on online retailers such as Ocado and Amazon fresh. Our vegetarian launch has also been a complete hit and we continue to be much loved by the fitness and slimming community with our tasty chicken burger and sausage range," added Jamie.

The company, which now claims to have a 40 per cent market share has a £12m turnover. They say their new state of the art machinery will make over 1,000 sausages a minute, and be capable of making them in any shape and size imaginable.

Heck is renowned as a born-again company. The founders Andrew and Debbie keeble, originally pig farmers, had previously set up what became the award winning Debbie and Andrew's sausage company which was bought out in 2005.

But when the new owners decidedto transfer production out of their beloved Yorkshire the couple parted ways and set up their own new firm, with their children, using the family motto 'What the Heck' as their inspiration.