Janet Hynes – An Appreciation

Today was an unbearably sad day for us here in Enniskillen as we bade a final farewell to our friend and colleague, Janet Hynes.

Janet courageously battled her cancer over the past eighteen months with amazing fortitude and grace. Despite the gravity of her illness, she always wore a smile and sparkled with positivity. Janet has been a shining example of gentle decency and we trust her spirit will long live in the memory of all those who had the pleasure and honour to know her.

Since she joined Balcas in February 2006, Janet made an extraordinary contribution to the development of brites. Her part in our sales, distribution, and management cannot be overstated. Janet is a great loss to her colleagues and we already miss her. We know too by tributes from customers and business colleagues alike, that everyone who had the pleasure of working with her, feel the same.

To her partner Stephen, for all of Janet’s brothers and sisters, and for her extended family and friends; to them we offer our deepest condolences and sympathies.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam

Why Using brites as your biomass fuel?

• Largest manufacturer & supplier in UK and Ireland;

• Experience and reliability for over 10 years in Manufacturing & Delivering;

• First company to be successfully accredited the EnPlus Standard in the U.K. and Ireland;

• Uniquely produced using Renewable Energy;

• Made locally in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland and Invergordon, Scotland;

• Security of supply all year round with dedicated delivery fleet anywhere in the UK and Ireland;

• Easy to order online and dedicated customer support if needed to ensure our customers’ peace of mind.

Happy National Friendship Day from Emma & Coco in our Scheduling Department

On the first Sunday in August, National Friendship Day encourages people across the world to connect with friends!

Happy National Friendship Day from Emma & Coco in our brites Scheduling Department! 

Emma and Coco







And the winner of our Summer Competition is….

Mick Hudson


brite Summer for Mick who won our Bags Competition earlier this month. He Liked our Facebook page, shared the Competition post and weeks later won 500 kg of brites Bagged Wood Pellets delivered for free right to his doorstep in Staffordshire.


Well done on winning with brites & Balcas, Mick!


“We were really shocked to see that we had won the Brites Facebook competition, thank you so much! Fantastic product, great delivery service and customer communication all the way! Couldn’t recommend you guys enough! Thanks”


We are planning more competitions like this in the near future so please keep an eye on our website and Social Media Channels.


Bank Holiday on Friday 12th July


Our office will be closed on Friday, the 12th of July and will reopen as usual, on Monday 15th.

You can still order online 24/7 by visiting our Online Shop or at https://bit.ly/2GsAFv2


brites Team

Why building a low carbon economy is so important

Climate change is the biggest challenge the mankind is facing today. 

Global temperatures are increasing, the environment is continuously changing and all the GHG (Human-made Greenhouse Gas) emissions are responsible mainly for this.

Global average temperatures have already increased by almost 1˚C since pre-industrial times. The atmosphere and oceans have warmed, snow and ice cover has diminished, and sea levels are rising. The frequency and intensity of extreme weather events are increasing. Thousands of animal species face extinction and communities in water poor regions and low-lying countries are already at great risk.

Green Finance Strategy via www.gov.uk


The main driver of climate change is the increasing emissions from man-made greenhouse gas, especially carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). These gases act like a blanket, trapping
infrared radiation emitted from the surface and preventing it from escaping into outer space.

The end result?

Is a progressive warming of the Earth’s atmosphere and surface. This effect becomes ever stronger as the atmospheric concentration of GHGs increases. A tipping point is fast approaching. The tonnage of CO2 emissions into the Earth’s atmosphere reached record levels in 2018 and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that the Earth is now on track for three degrees of warming by the end of this century. According to their analysis, we only have 12 years to keep global warming below 1.5˚C – the higher ambition in the 2015 landmark Paris Agreement. Read More on the Ibec website.

Next steps?

The UK and Ireland have now joined the global effort to address climate change and both Governments have now committed to the ambitious plan to cut emissions and become Carbon-Neutral by 2050. The plan is to get the energy system to become secure, sustainable and competitive – Supply will be built on various renewable energy fuels, like biomass and wood pellets.


Summer Maintenance Tips for optimal brites performance

Thanks to the summer weather, home owners are powering down their boilers and dialling back the heat to enjoy the warm temperatures.

Off-peak periods are the perfect time to ensure that your store is clean and your boiler is prepared for the next heating season.  We have devised this four point check to help you maintain optimum performance for your biomass boiler set-up:


The brites four point check

  • Store is Clean.  Although brites has less than 1% fine material, this can build up over time from many loads if a store is not cleaned. Check out our Summer Fuel Store Maintenance Guide.
  • Annual Service.  Make sure that your boiler is serviced annually by a certified technician to ensure the appliance is operating safely and correctly.  Contact us for assistance in finding your nearest brites accredited installer.
  • Thermostat.  Check and adjust your thermostat settings to ensure your heating system is turned down for warm weather, keeping you comfortable and saving energy this summer.
  •  Advance Ordering.  Check your store to gauge when you will need to re-order and don’t leave it until the last minute to avoid being caught out on cool summer nights.  You can easily order your wood pellets online HERE



“Biomass Heat Works” Campaign launched by the UK Pellet Council

In response to the BBC headline news yesterday morning “UK government to commit to 2050 target”, UK Pellet Council (UKPC) and Wood Heat Association (WHA) have launched the “Biomass Heat Works” campaign.

Following the Government’s announcement to make the UK the first G7 nation to legislate for net zero emissions, biomass industry leaders are now calling on ministers to urgently take heed of the key findings from the Renewable Energy Association’s (REA) newly-published ‘Bioenergy Strategy’ report, and recognise biomass as the most fit-for-purpose, proven solution to deliver heat decarbonisation. #biomassheatworks

Read more

WIN 50 bags of brites with Robbie

Robbie the Robot joined the brites team a few months ago and we thought now it’s the perfect time for a Summer Competition!


We’re offering half a tonne of  brites bags, delivered for free right on your doorstep.*


To enter the competition, all you have to do is to LIKE our Facebook page & SHARE the competition post. The winner will be drawn on the 8th of July and announced here


Read More about Robbie here.


*Anywhere in the UK or Republic of Ireland.