Yorkshire-based sausage company Heck has come under fire from critics after hosting Conservative leadership candidate Boris Johnson at its factory.
The family-run luxury sausage manufacturer was visited by Mr Johnson last week ahead of leadership hustings in York. The prospective prime minister was presented with a special edition sausage named the ‘Boris banger’ and expressed his support for a planned 30-metre sculpture of a sausage to be built outside the factory.
The visit saw extensive criticism over Heck’s implied support for Mr Johnson, who remains controversial despite substantial support from Conservative party members.
Jamie Keeble, head of sales at Heck, told the BBC: “Brexit is creating huge uncertainty and we don’t believe there will be any investment from central government to help start-ups. We had tremendous support at the beginning but that has all disappeared down the Brexit sinkhole.”