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New vehicle show attracts new sponsor

A NEW vehicle show which is expected to attract around 100 vehicles to a Highland town has attracted a sponsor with the organisation behind the event promoting other opportunities to get involved. 

Wheels of Nairn which will take place in Nairn this September is being sponsored by Hangar96 which provides prestige classic car and motorcycle storage in the region. 

The event which will be staged at The Links in the seaside town is organised by Nairn BID with support from the town’s Rotary Club and is open to classic and modern vehicles. 

Nairn BID manager, Janis Maclean said she was thrilled to have a title sponsor: “This is a new event for BID to be organising and we are delighted that so early on in the preparations we have been able to attract a title sponsor and one which is so relevant to the event. We are delighted to have Hangar96 on board and thank the company for its support.” 

Janis added: “We do have other sponsorship opportunities available at a very good cost. We are aiming to attract 100 vehicles to The Links and of course a crowd of spectators so it is a great opportunity to promote your business.” 

Nairn BID recently launched its event calendar for the next six months which includes a series of events including the return of Taste of Nairn, a three-day food and drink festival. 

For more details about sponsorship or to enter your vehicle for Wheels of Nairn, please see the links below, or call Janis on 07707 873534. 


Wheels of Nairn Sponsorship Opportunities

A classic and modern vehicle show - September 21 2019  

Get involved in Nairn’s newest event which will attract over 100 vehicles to the Nairn Links with the stunning backdrop of the Moray Firth. 

Supported by Nairn BID and Nairn Rotary Club, this is a great opportunity to advertise your business to hundreds of people. 

The event will take place on September 21 between 10.30am and 3pm.  

As well as showcasing over 100 vehicles from the classics to more modern motors, there will be sideshows, food and drink, stalls and entertainment from the Nairn Pipe Band. 

We expect the spectacle to appeal to locals, but due to the nature of the event, we also anticipate that people will travel from outside the area to attend. 

Package: £300 (one opportunity) NOW TAKEN 

  • You will be recognised as the title sponsor 
  • You will be mentioned in every press release relating to the event 
  • Five social media posts on the Nairn BID Facebook and Twitter accounts in the run up to the event 
  • Opportunity to have an A5 sized flyer in the vehicle Rally welcome packs (artwork to be supplied by the sponsor) 
  • Opportunity to display a pop up in the registration tent (to be supplied by sponsor) 
  • A thank you in the event programme 
  • A business listing in the news section of the Nairn BID website. 
  • Your logo carried on all publicity material including Facebook cover and event images, banners and the programme 
  • A space to promote your business at the event 

Package: £200 (Six Opportunities) 

  • Three social media posts on the Nairn BID Facebook and Twitter accounts  
  • Opportunity to have an A5 sized flyer in the vehicle rally welcome packs (artwork to be supplied by the sponsor) 
  • Opportunity to display a pop up in the registration tent (to be supplied by sponsor) 
  • A thank you in the event programme 
  • A business listing in the news section of the Nairn BID website
  • A 3mx3m space to promote your business at the event. 

If you would like to get involved, please contact Janis at or call 07707 873534.

Nairn BID announces events to drive footfall


Nairn BID has launched its event calendar for the next six months which includes a classic vehicle rally, an Oktoberfest, and the annual Christmas lights switch on. 

The group which was voted for by businesses last summer has also confirmed that Taste of Nairn, a three-day food and drink festival which was held for the first time this April will also see a comeback. 

Janis Maclean, manager of the service said she was delighted an events plan has been put in place: “Nairn Connects BID is here to do many things for the businesses that it represents and one of these things is to ensure there are activities and events which attract audiences from within and outside of the town.  

Nairn already has a great events calendar such as the Book and Arts Festival, the Highland Games which will take place in August and of course the Film Festival, so what we have done is chosen events that complement these and have placed them strategically thought the year to ensure that Nairn has something to offer almost the whole year round.” 

The first new event to be launched is the Classic Vehicle Rally which will be held on the town’s Links on September 21 where it is hoped over 100 classic vehicles will be on display. 

Then in October there are a few businesses being supported with staging an Oktoberfest which will take place in the school holidays. 

“We are also already putting plans in place for the Christmas lights switch-on,” explained Janis. “This year we are planning a whole day extravaganza, and the event will take place on the Saturday instead of the traditional Friday.” 

Taste of Nairn will also return next April 3-5. Its debut event this year was hailed a success after over 40 businesses were showcased over 15 individual events including a comedy night, fashion show, numerous restaurants putting on special menus and offers such as gin and jazz, a mini music festival and wine flights & light bites.  

“We are thrilled to be bringing Taste of Nairn back to the town and hope that as people saw the success of it and the fact that it helped market Nairn as a tourist destination, even more businesses will be inclined to get involved next year.”  

As well as organising the events, Nairn BID has been involved in other projects to improve the town. 

Working with Graham Environmental Services, it recently completed the first round of a seagull egg and nest reduction program which was an issue documented in the organisation’s business plan. 

On July 10, a meeting will be held with Graham Environmental Services where feedback will be given and businesses can ask any questions about the program. 

It is also in talks with Transport Scotland following recent issues with the traffic lights in the town. 

Janis said: “The team at Nairn Bid is working hard for the businesses it represents not only to bring fun and enticing events to the town, but also on serious matters which have a huge impact. We urge the businesses to communicate with us on issues that concern them, and where we can help, we will.”  

Nairn Classic Vehicle Rally

Nairn is to host its first Classic Vehicle Rally on Saturday 21st September 2019 at The Links, Nairn. Come and enjoy over 100 classic vehicles on display against the backdrop of the stunning Moray Firth, open from 10.30am until 3pm, where the event will close with a traditional rally drive-off through Nairn High Street. If you would like to enter your classic vehicle, please download and complete an entry form and return to by 7th September.


We are pleased to announce that you can now apply for opt-in membership of Nairn BID.

Opt-in membership of Nairn BID Ltd applies to businesses and organisations that are keen to be part of making our town a better place to live, work and visit, and fall into any of the following criteria:

  • Your organisation lies outside the levy area boundary but have a commitment to Nairn’s future
  • Your organisation was exempted from paying the BID Levy in the BID Proposal
  • Your business’ rateable value falls beneath £1000 or you are a business operating from home with no rateable value.

If any of these describe you, you are invited to apply for Opt-in Membership of the Company. You can download further information by clicking this link: Opt-in Membership


"How To Wreck Your Business" - perhaps not the title you expected to see? Stuart Mason from Action COACH shares the story of what what went wrong, when, and how easy it was to let these errors go un-noticed and un-challenged. From his forthcoming book of the same title, every business owner needs to hear this.

Nairn Connects BID promotes growth and business improvement, this event is FREE for all businesses in the Nairn BID area. Please book your seat by registering HERE.


Nairn BID Business Breakfast Dates for the diary

Please note the following dates for business breakfast meetings, leading up to the end of the year. Venues and speakers have to still to be confirmed for all dates, however, the dates will remain the same. 





14 May 8am – 9am 112 On The Brae Nairn Eco
11 June 8am – 9am Braeval/Bandstand The Apprentice Store
9 July 8am – 9am Federation of Small Businesses
13 August 8am – 9am Business Gateway
10 Sept 8am - 9am
8 Oct 8am - 9am
12 Nov 8am - 9am
10 Dec 8am - 9am

Click here for a link to additional upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

Our next business meeting for members will take place at the Nairn Dunbar Golf Links on 9th April. Please note the change of time for this meeting; we will meet from 1pm - 2pm to allow those unable to attend breakfast to join in. Remember these meetings are FREE to attend and are a great opportunity to meet and chat with fellow business members. Each month we also invite a guest speaker to take part and this month, we are pleased to welcome along Sonia Milton from Amqui Training. Click HERE to book your place.

On 25th April (5pm - 7pm), we are joining forces with ActionCoach to bring you a workshop which will help you create your marketing plan.

"I love it when a Marketing Plan comes together"
Hannibal's famous phrase, he loves it when a plan comes together, and so will you. When your Marketing Plan comes together you'll be generating more leads, converting more of those leads, getting more from less, and knowing exactly what marketing is working for you.

You'll have a Marketing Plan that is ONE PAGE. You'll have a Marketing Plan that WORKS. You'll have a Marketing Plan that will make you wonder, WHY DID I NOT DO THIS YEARS AGO?

This FREE workshop is available to BID members and you can book your place by clicking HERE

Food, Drink & Crafts Market 13 April '19

Bookings are now being taken for 'A Taste of Nairn... Here Comes Summer' at our artisan market on Saturday 13th April. The market will take place in Nairn Community & Arts Centre, which will be open to the public from 10am - 3pm. To make an application, please download an application form (link below) and return your completed entry to Janis at 

A TASTE OF NAIRN Market booking form

Upcoming Events - February 2019

13th February 8am - 9am Business Breakfast at Asher's Bakery, 40 High Street BOOK NOW

14th February 10.30am - 1.30pm Get your business ready for Chinese Visitors BOOK NOW

18th February 6pm A Taste of Nairn 'sharing ideas' workshop at the Sun Dancer - just come along

28th February 3.30pm - 5pm Cyber Sense Training (HIE) at Nairn Community & Arts Centre BOOK NOW

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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..........