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NAIRN BID: It’s crucial that businesses let us know if they need help

By Lucy Harding

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The business community for Nairn is always evolving.
The business community for Nairn is always evolving.

It’s often asked what Nairn BID is and what it does directly for the businesses.

Simply, it’s a membership organisation with the aim of making Nairn an even better place to live, work and do business. The businesses are our main focus as we are here to represent those businesses that fall within our geographically defined area.

So what do we do for them? In a nutshell lots, and in order to do this, we have to keep our ear to the ground about business ‘goings on,’ and make sure we know what’s happening.

That said, it’s also crucial that the businesses, keep in touch with us and let us know if they need help with anything. If we can’t help directly, we will know the right place to go.

Let’s take a real-time example; we recently appointed new board member Karen Stewart, who runs gift and print shop Vitamin Sea on Nairn High Street. Karen has taken on the role of representing our retail members. Last month, she was contacted by a fellow business owner who had experienced fly-tipping at the back of their shop. Karen visited the premises, got onto environmental health and waste management and the matter was dealt with almost straight away.

But we don’t just deal with “rubbish” things. We are also here to promote the businesses. Every month, we feature a different business on our website and social media, these channels are also open to the businesses for their own promotion, and we do our best to share news when we can. However, if you are a social media user and you want us to shout about your business on our platforms – tag us, if you don’t know how to do that, email, call us or even pop into our office. We are here to help. We want to know your business in every sense of the term!

We also host regular business breakfasts, offer free stalls at events and this week, we are hosting a free social media workshop to help give a hand to those who are not so confident.

By Lucy Harding, manager of Nairn BID

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