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LUCY HARDING: We are fighting on the side of Nairn’s businesses

By Lucy Harding

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Lucy Harding (inset) is acting on behalf of businesses against plans such as the Deposit Return Scheme.
Lucy Harding (inset) is acting on behalf of businesses against plans such as the Deposit Return Scheme.

Nairn BID aims to be the go-to, one-stop-shop for information relevant to our business’s needs. We also campaign on their behalf.

In 2020/21, we disseminated all the information about lockdowns and grants that was available, as well as making sure our members had the best sources of reliable knowledge, saving them time and making sure they could access help quickly and efficiently. We still regularly find the best links for them and summarise it all in a monthly online newsletter.

Last year, we secured a visit from transport minister Jenny Gilruth, who came to Nairn to see for herself the situation with the A96 cutting through our town. We took her to Rosebank Primary and she heard from community representatives.

Now, our members are facing the implementation of the Deposit Return Scheme and the short-term let licensing measures. Whatever central and local government throws at businesses, Nairn BID will be there fighting and campaigning on their behalf, and seeing results.

We have also attracted funding of £190,000 to Nairn over the term of the BID which would otherwise have gone elsewhere – a valuable facility which would be lost if the BID were not to be renewed.

Working with local businesses to navigate the complicated landscape of economic and legislative challenges, we are looking forward to seeing Nairn thrive into the future.

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