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Published: 07/01/2021

The future looks bright in Northern Ireland

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Payzone and Post Office have secured a long-term contract with renewable electricity provider bright. From today all Payzone retailers and Post Office branches in Northern Ireland will be able to process top-up payments for bright customers.

Who is bright energy?

Bright is a new energy supplier, providing electricity which is 100% renewable and powered only by wind, solar, bio and hydro. The partnership is expected to drive footfall for retailers, as customers come in store to top up and pay for electricity using their pre-paid cards. Demand for renewable electricity has grown over the years, a trend which Payzone and Post Office retailers can now meet by expanding their top-up payment offering to the environmentally conscious customer.

The contract win marks another milestone for the combined strength of the Post Office and Payzone networks, following the success of tie-ups with British Gas, Scottish Power Smart Metering and Jersey Electricity.

How does it work?

Keypad meter customers will have a top-up card that the retailer or postmaster will swipe in store, producing a receipt with a top up code to give to the customer. If you are a Payzone retailer or Postmaster in Northern Ireland, you will be sent the full details about how to process the transaction in a handy guide. Please familiarise yourselves with how it works so you're ready to serve your customers.

So, what does this mean for retailers?

This brand new service means that if you’re a Payzone retailer in Northern Ireland, you could
soon be welcoming new customers to your store.

Simon Lambert, Commercial Director for Payzone Bill Payments Limited, said:

“Payzone is excited to be part of this new product launch within the energy sector and we are delighted to bring a new service to Payzone retailers and customers in Northern Ireland. Bright has a distinctive USP, tapping the demand for renewable electricity in an increasingly popular market, one which we believe will be an attractive option for customers and will ultimately increase footfall for Payzone retailers and Post Office branches.”

Ciaran Devine, CEO at bright, said:

“We’re delighted to be partnered with Payzone and Post Office across their branches in Northern Ireland.  A key part of our offering is simplicity and when it comes to topping up, being accessible, whether via a Payzone outlet or Post Office or via the bright app, means we make it easy for consumers to do this whatever their preference. 

“After successfully launching in Ireland in July 2020, we are excited to now offer our renewable, affordable electricity on one simple tariff to members across Northern Ireland.  We have no doubt that this partnership will add massive value for bright customers and help us on our mission to make renewable electricity affordable and fair for all.”

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