NICE (Nairn Improvement Community Enterprise) was formed in 2010 as a company limited by guarantee to facilitate the regeneration of Nairn Town Centre and its surrounding areas. It has recently been recognised by Scottish Government as a Community Body under the “Right to Buy” legislation, and is in the process of identifying robust business cases to fund the purchase of properties so that relevant “community assets” can be retained and enhanced for the benefit of the local community.
The company has 13 directors who have agreed to serve without payment for their services and already has the support of just over 1000 members. It has set itself the target of increasing membership to at least 1400, representing about 10% of the Nairn population. Groups such as the Association of Nairn Businesses; and Auldearn Community Council have joined as Associate members. NICE has developed a Vision for Nairn underpinned by a Business Plan that seeks to find ways of achieving our aims and freeing up the value locked in local property and assets including the assets of the Nairn Common Good Fund.
We want Nairn to follow the example set by the Inverness Common Good Fund, not to sell off its assets, but to use these to generate a healthy annual income and to maximise the financial return to the area by using these assets as leverage and income generating revenue as a legacy for future generations.
We can only do this with the support of the Highland Council and in particular our 4 Nairn Local Elected members who are, as Common Good Trustees, the “stewards of the Nairn Common Good assets”.
We also need support and buy in from our local community councils as well as other bodies such as Nairnshire Farming Society and other local asset owners who are key stakeholders in Nairn.
We see the way forward as Partnership but meaningful and productive partnerships are based on mutual trust and respect. For too long this has been lacking between statutory and voluntary agencies in the Nairn area. We need to strengthen local collaboration if progress is to be made.
In 2015 NICE helped facilitate development of a community led Nairn Town Centre Plan
In 2017/8 NICE carried out the preparatory work required to establish Nairn BID in 2018, employing a consultant to get local businesses on board, research local business community needs, and conduct a successful vote to secure BID funding for 5 years.
In 2020 NICE incorporated the local Team Hamish charity which operates separately under NICE s legal structure. Team Hamish has co funded with Highland Council the very popular Splashpad at the Links , and is now working on investing locally raised funds to deliver Team Hamish Phase Two improvements around the Putting Green area
In 2023 NICE is leading a year long public engagement process to develop a community led Local Place Plan for the Nairn area, and chairs a steering group supported by local community councils and business groups, with back up from Highland Council local development planning team and independent charity Planning Aid Scotland.
The Directors of NICE are:
Alastair Noble (Chair)
Sam Hey (Treasurer)
Mandy Lawson (Secretary)
Rev Steven Manders
Contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New NICE Articles (2012)
Nairn Improvement Community Enterprise is registered as Limited Company – No. 388110
Scottish charity number SC042118
Registered address: Ritson Young, 28 High Street, Nairn, IV12 4AU