NairnConnects Business Improvement District seeking to support and grow the Nairn economy.

A Taste of Nairn: Here comes Summer

A NEW festival to encourage people to visit Nairn is being supported by Nairn BID.

A Taste of Nairn: Here Comes Summer will take place next April and businesses – whether food and drink orientated or not - are being encouraged to get on board. Read more...

Levy payment queries: contact numbers

Levy payment invoices are in the process of being issued.  If you have any queries regarding this please contact the following:
Payment methods and billing: Highland Council 01463 702 984
All other enquiries: Nairn BID, via email:

Applications invited for Nairn BID Manager role

Nairn BID now invites applications for the role of BID Manager to lead and operate the project ongoing. This is a part-time role to August 2023 and candidates must have strategic leadership experience and proven track record of developing/delivering business plans and projects. Further details on how to apply can be found below.
Nairn BID Manager Job Description

Invite for nominations to BID Board

Following the successful BID result for Nairn, the outgoing Steering Group is now seeking nominations from those eligible businesses located within the BID area for the BID Board.   There are twelve places available on the Management Board. Further details on how to register your interest and the nomination form can be downloaded below.
Letter of Invitation to the Board
Nairn BID Board of Directors Invite Form

A BID for Nairn is confirmed

NairnConnects BID (Business Improvement District) today announces that the ballot result delivered by Electoral reform services has confirmed that Nairn will have its own BID.
Nairn BID Press Release 17 August 2018


BID Business Plan and Ballot Papers

The Nairn BID Business Plan and Ballot Papers have now been sent out to all the eligible property owners.  Details of the Business Plan and a copy can be downloaded here as a PDF.
NAIRN BID Business Plan 2018 Download here.


BID Next Steps Document

The Nairn BID is moving towards the finalisation of the Business Plan that eligible property owners will be asked to vote on in the summer of 2018. The overall direction and the emerging budgets are detailed in out Next Steps Document.  Download here as a PDF; Here

BID Meeting 1st February

The Nairn BID held a successful meeting for all voting eligible property owners in the BID area on 1st February. The meeting was at 7.30pm at the Golf View Hotel. Attendees heard from Alan Rankin, Michael Boylan (Chair) and new BID Project Manager Liam Christie. The slides used on the evening are available to download here.  The meeting discussed the details provided in our Next Steps document that outlines the emerging priorities of the BID. Download here as a PDF; Here

BID Open Meeting 29th November

The Nairn BID held its second Open Meeting at the Golf View on 29th November. 58 people attended the meeting from a broad cross section of businesses, event organisers, Councillors and representatives from community led groups. Michael Boylan (Chair) and Alan Rankin (Project Manager) outlined the results of the recent business survey, latest thinking around priority projects, the BID area, possible levy fees and a draft budget. Attendees broke into discussion groups and fed back ideas, questions and views on the BID. The evening was seen as a great success and has helped to broaden understanding and engagement in the BID process. Alan Rankin outlined the timetable through to a vote on 21st June. Further discussions will be held and a third Open Meeting in late January. The full set of slides from the meeting can be downloaded here.

BID BUSINESS SURVEY - Closed October 4th

The NairnConnects BID team will be carrying out a postal survey during September. The BID is posting out on a paper survey form to local non domestic rated property owners and operators. The survey asks local business people what they see as the strengths  and weaknesses of the area, what they see as priorities for the BID and what they want the BID to focus on. If you have a non domestic rated business property and have not received a questionnaire by 15th September please contact Alan Rankin . The survey closes on 4th October.


The NairnConnects BID held a successful Open Meeting at the Golf View on 30th August. over 60 people attended and shared views on what they saw as priorities for the BID.  If you wish to learn more about what was discussed please contact Alan Rankin.


Common BID Activities

Firstly, no two BIDs are the same! Each town has different priorities and different challenges and opportunities. Towns like Nairn have focussed on the tourism and visitor economy. This has led to first time national marketing campaigns, marketing grants from VisitScotland or in some towns a focus on a year long programme of events. Others have gone for safer streets if they have a booming city night-time economy whilst others have prioritised bringing all the groups in a town together and pulling resources. What's right for Nairn will come from extensive local discussions before any decisions or priorities are agreed.  Other BIDs in Scotland are listed here

Project ideas

Here are just some ideas that the NairnConnects BID could consider.

  • Putting a town back on the tourist map
  • Improving the looks of Nairn
  • Savings on buying costs
  • Year long event calendar
  • Welcome and orientation signs
  • Business training support
  • Working with schools and young people
  • ... what is decided is up to local businesses..........