Bid to boost Nairn’s local economy through entrepreneurs

Nairnshire entrepreneurs are being urged to fling their weight behind a new initiative to boost the area’s economy.

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The team leading a local business improvement district (Bid) is looking for traders to join a steering group to oversee the process.
There are 32 such schemes already operating throughout Scotland, all of them with a tailored business plan.
While the emphasis has been on the visitor and retail economy, they have focused on improvements to streetscapes, parking and employability issues with local businesses, schools and colleges all playing a role.
Michael Boylan, chairman of the Nairn Bid steering group, said: “It’s important we have a good cross-section of businesses involved to ensure we build the plan around what’s important for Nairn.
“Being on the group will involve a commitment over the coming year, but also represents a great opportunity to help shape the economic future for Nairn.”
Project manager Alan Rankin said: “There’s been a great deal of work done in getting the idea of a Bid for Nairn to this stage. The next step is to broaden that involvement to bring in a wider range of motivated people to help shape and make it a success.
“No two BIDs are the same, with the business plan and activities decided upon and prioritised by the local business community.”
A wide-ranging consultation will follow to shape a business plan which will be put to a vote next year.
People whose business properties are non-domestic-rated have been invited to notify Mr Rankin of their interest to join the group.
The steering organisation aims to meet monthly over the coming year.
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