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 now established itself with 9 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 urgent target of increasing membership to at least 1400, representing about 10% of the Nairn population. Groups such as the Association of Nairn Businesses; Auldearn Community Council and East Nairnshire 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 and in particular 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, for all intents and purposes, the “stewards of the Nairn Common Good assets”.
We also need total support and buy in from our 5 local community councils as well as other bodies such as the Farmer’s Society and other local asset owners who are key stakeholders in Nairn.
We see the way forward as Partnership but meaningful partnerships are based on mutual trust and respect. For too long this has not existed between statutory and voluntary agencies in the Nairn area. We need to change these working relationships if progress is to be made.
The Directors of NICE are:
Alastair Noble (Chair)
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: Drumdelnies, Nairn, IV12 5NT