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New energy supplier Bright to hit the Northern Ireland market


Ciaran Devine, Brian Donaldson and Stephen Devine

Ciaran Devine, Brian Donaldson and Stephen Devine

Ciaran Devine, Brian Donaldson and Stephen Devine

A new energy supplier is set to hit the Northern Ireland market - creating 15 new jobs.

Bright has been set up by brothers Ciaran and Stephen Devine in partnership with forecourt retailer Maxol.

The pair are also behind plans for a £300m gas power station at Belfast Harbour.

The new firm uses a software platform to offer what it says is “just one simple tariff and provide customers with affordable green electricity at a fair and transparent price”.

Bright has created 15 new jobs at its Belfast HQ where it will manage its island-wide operations and plans to double its workforce in the coming months.

The firm says following it will be launched in the Republic of Ireland at the end of June and will be rolled out across Northern Ireland in late summer.

“The electricity supply market in Northern Ireland is overly complicated and it doesn’t need to be” Ciaran Devine says.

“Bright’s beauty is in its simplicity. We are offering one simple variable rate tariff to everyone – that’s it. So, when prices fall, savings can be passed on to Bright’s customers, the way it should be.

“We’re also looking forward to bringing bright’s tech-driven, transparent approach to the gas supply market later this year. That will allow our customers to easily manage their gas and electricity using our app. So, they’ll no longer need to deal with different suppliers and dozens of confusing tariffs.

“We’ve seen recently how technology can be used to make peoples’ lives easier and that’s what we want bright to do. We’re not just another supplier, we’re here to fundamentally change how this market works by putting the power in consumers’ hands.”

Brian Donaldson, chief executive of The Maxol Group said:  “This is a significant move for Maxol as we look to diversify our business by making a move into the renewable energy sector. Such a move was an intrinsic part of our growth and diversification strategy, but it was crucial that we partnered with the right people with the experience, technical know-how, entrepreneurial spirit and vision to make it happen.”

Belfast Telegraph