A food giant based in North Yorkshire has invested £150,000 in solar power at their HQ.

HECK! has confirmed they have installed 433 solar panels at their Kirklington HQ – with the panels capable of generating 20 per cent of the factory’s energy.

The project was partially funded by the government’s UK shared prosperity fund – with £49,950 allocated to the development.

Jamie Keeble, HECK! co-founder, said the project was “an additional effort to make sure that we’re being sustainable from a factory perspective and also to support our journey to net zero. We’ll be saving 45 tonnes of carbon per year”.

A HECK! spokesperson said: “The project has received a £49,950 grant of the total £150,000 investment, from the UK government through the UK shared prosperity fund.

“This is a central pillar of the levelling up agenda and has provided £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025.

“One of the pillars is supporting businesses in their journey to net zero and supporting the circular economy.”

Richard Flinton, chief executive of North Yorkshire Council says, “Supporting the decarbonisation of the county is a key priority for the council. It is brilliant to see this grant have such a positive impact in supporting HECK! Food to install solar panels. Manufacturers of quality products like HECK! are an important part of the economy and it is vital they’re supported to reach net zero.” 

“Our Care Code is a four-pronged approach that leads to a better HECK! and a better world. It stands for ‘Health, Environment, Community and Kindness’”

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“We are quite unique in the industry as we make all our sausages, meatballs and burgers at our HECK! factory and we’re the only premium brand that makes their own food. We’ve made a commitment to our consumers and retail customers to show a transparent sustainability journey.

“We have measured our Scope 1 and 2 industry standards emissions for three years now, and as such we’ve managed a 30% reduction in our emissions. We recently measured Scope 3 emissions and are now identifying opportunities to reduce emissions further.

“Our first annual impact report will be published this year which charts our climate impact across our supply chain.”