Nairn Business Improvement District


The Background

NICE invited Michael Boylan, Chair of the Association of Nairn Businesses, and then local councillor Michael Green, to join a Working Group which in turn secured funding to develop the principle of a BID for the Nairn economy. The Working Group held meetings with BID Scotland and discussed locally the possibility of a BID and what it could do for the Nairn economy. In Spring 2017 funding was secured from BID Scotland, Highland Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. The funding would support the appointment of a professional manager to develop the BID Business Plan and take the BID through to a ballot in 2018. In May 2017 Alan Rankin was hired by NICE to develop the Nairnshire BID.

NICE reported. "There was a wide belief in the opportunity to acquire BID status for Nairnshire as a real game-changer for the community. The fact that funding for the preparatory work has been secured confirms the outside perception at Government level that Nairnshire is a “sleeping giant” – a seaside tourist destination with great unrealised potential and worth investment. NICE’s role on the BID Steering Group is to act as enabler, and by virtue of its charitable and corporate status to be the funding conduit for the work.  We believe that the BID project will underpin further work on the Town Centre Plan, and give potential funders the confidence that Nairn does on this occasion mean business. "

Steering Group
A Steering Group is being formed to take forward the development phased of the BID. The Steering Group will be made up of local business people. More information is available on the Steering Group page

BID Project Manager - Alan Rankin
Alan Rankin who has served on a number of tourism strategic advisory groups, led tourism destination initiatives, managed public/private funded projects, BID development and five star visitor attractions. Alan brought innovation to the industry through the introduction of Scottish Tourism Week, digital workshops, local business barometer surveys and the introduction of the Coigach ‘Destination Developer’ tool kit. Alan Rankin who lives in Carrbridge developed the Cairngorms Business Partnership (2007-2014) and now runs a tourism and economic development consultancy working with destinations and area groups across Scotland.  Alan is contracted to take the NairnConnects BID through to the ballot in the summer of 2018. More information about his work is available here

New Project Management Team installed on 1st March 2018
Liam Christie and his team from North Highland Events have now been tasked with completing the project as Alan Rankin has moved to a new position.