An eco-friendly fuel manufacturer has announced plans to recruit at least 10 new retailers in Northern Ireland in 2011.
The region has been identified as a priority area by Verdo Renewables, as part of plans to establish a network of 150 retailers across the UK in 2011.
Verdo is looking to recruit traditional domestic fuel suppliers, hardware retailers, garden centres, farm shops and agricultural supply outlets for its wood pellets and briquettes.
The company is expanding its current UK network of 34 retailers, in response to growing demand for its energy efficient wood fuel products, manufactured from sustainable timber at plants in Hampshire and Scotland.
Verdo's briquettes are used in open fires, wood burners and multi-fuel stoves while their wood pellets are used in biomass heating systems, such as wood pellet boilers or stoves.
Alistair McGlynn, UK sales manager at Verdo Renewables, said there is a growing demand for carbon neutral, energy efficient products, set to increase once the Government confirms its Renewable Heat Incentive.
"This will incentivise householders and small businesses to install a range of burners, boilers and stoves that will burn our products," he said.