A96 workshop event

Very late notice but there is an '  A96 public engagement meeting ' being held in the Court House on Monday 10th September .


'Representatives from Transport Scotland  trunk roads maintenance directorate and Bear Scotland
will be available to meet with members of the public to discuss current A96 trunk road issues
in the Nairn area.

Venue : The Court House

Time : 11.00 - 19.00 '



So if you agree with the assertions given to the Provost that the traffic lights in Nairn are working fine, go along and pat them on the back.

Otherwise , please feel free to go along and illuminate them as to the real situation Laughing


Next generation broadband event reminder

A reminder about the upcoming superfast  broadband event.

There's now a chance to win an Ipad -


Digital Showcase event

22 August 2012, Nairn Arts Centre

Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Business Gateway are hosting the Digital Showcase in Nairn Arts Centre. The showcase will provide businesses and individuals with the opportunity to discuss what Next Generation Broadband (NGB) and Information Technology (IT) can do for them.

Register online for this free event.

People and organisations involved in providing IT advice and guidance will be available to provide help and support. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) will be available all day at the event to discuss the upcoming roll-out of Next Generation Broadband.  Information will be available about the broadband consultation and procurement process.

Win an Apple Ipad
The Digital Highlands and Islands team will be giving away an Apple Ipad at the event for the best digital story. Let us know how you use digital technologies in a social or business setting. It can be as basic or as complicated as you like, and you can write or video it, just make it fun and interesting.

For more information on the terms and conditions and to enter the competition email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Closing date for submissions 24th August 2012.

Event Programme


0800 Doors Open / Registration

Exhibition Open all day / Refreshments available all day

0945  Welcome

1000 Digital for Everyone (Jane Beaton, Citizens Online)
1030 Social Media (Sian Jamieson)
1100 Cyber Security (Tony Dyhouse - ICT Knolwedge Transfer Network)
1130 Cloud Opportunities (Sian Jamieson)

Afternoon presentations

1300 Superfast Broadband - benefits and uses (Sian Jamieson)
1330 Q&A about superfast broadband and what it means in practice (Jane Beaton, Citizens Online)
1400 Cloud Opportunities (Sian Jamieson)
1430 Stormfront - iPad for Learning

1800 Close




Business Gateway will be on hand to offer practical advice and support to new and existing businesses. You can talk to an experienced business adviser about how to develop your business, identify sources of funding for your plans, book on to one of the business skills workshops available locally, or find out more about the wide range of information, guides and interactive tools on offer. All the support is provided free of charge.

Stormfront - As a local business, Stormfront will be proud to support the Digital Showcase by demonstrating the benefits of 'Anytime, Anywhere Learning' with iPads. As Apple Solution Experts in Education, Stormfront sincerely believe in the use of technology to stimulate awareness and facilitate learning in the very young to the very old.

ICT Knowledge Transfer Network - the ICT Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) will be on hand to answer any questions businesses have relating to Cyber Security

Citizens Online- Citizens Online is a national charity that was set up to tackle the issues of digital inclusion, to make sure that the Internet is available to everybody and to help individuals and communities understand and gain the benefits of being online. If you are not sure what the new technology is all about, want to know how the internet could benefit you, or have questions about staying safe online, then come along and find out more from our team.

dot.rural - dot.rural is the RCUK Digital Economy Hub focusing on the rural digital economy aiming to achieve transformation through digital innovation. At the Nairn event you can find out more about our research and results, including work that is already having an impact on rural dwellers lives.Rural areas have specific characteristics that create challenges around issues such as quality of life and wealth creation. We believe that rural areas of the UK can, through the user-led application of digital technology, be more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. Our aim is to harness the Hub's expertise with a range of partners to realise this ambition. Funded through a £12M investment over 5 years from the Research Councils UK Digital Economy Theme, dot.rural involves 79 researchers from 11 different disciplines working together to transform rural areas through the user-led application of digital technology. If you're a business you can find out how to work with dot.rural.

e-Skills UK - Taking our lead from employers, e-Skills UK works with government, IT professionals and training providers to inspire future talent, support IT professionals and help people get the most from technology.  e-Skills will be demonstrating the Business IT Guide, which is a tool to help small businesses optimise their use of IT.  It helps small companies better understand the business benefit of IT, whether it be increased revenue, or working more efficiently, and aims to provide businesses with the knowledge and confidence that will allow them to effectively work with suppliers or consultants to implement a solution that is right for them. The Business IT Guide is aimed at both start-ups and established businesses either considering the use of IT for the first time or looking at more advanced IT use.

Glasgow School of Art Centre for Design Innovation - is a research centre at the Glasgow School of Art and part of the Design School.

Tourism Intelligence Scotland - is a joint venture developed by Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and VisitScotland, in partnership with the tourism industry, to stimulate growth and innovation in tourism.

The event takes place from 8am - 6pm. 


Superfast broadband event

Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Business Gateway are holding an event at the Community Centre on Wednesday 22nd August to promote next generation broadband which is arriving in Nairn and offer advice and guidance on internet access, cyber security, general IT issues and other matters that will be relevant to both businesses and members of the public alike.

Experts attending will include Citizens online , Business Gateway , E-skills , Development Partners , ICT Knowledge Transfer Network  & more .

Advice will be available on a whole range of topics, from accessing the internet for those currently unable to do so, right through to the low down on cyber security and data management from an expert from QinetiQ.

The BT Business Broadband Bus will also be available to offer advice to businesses on the potential benefits of the next generation of broadband.
BT will contact those businesses whose service is affected by this upgrade to see if they wish to attend .

HIE have details of the event on their website here.

It is a great boost for  Nairn  to be chosen as the first in Scotland to be upgraded  to the next generation of broadband though, unfortunately, it only covers about  90% of the town.Remarkably the areas not being upgraded in this first stage include most of the High Street and the Business Park. Perhaps someone from BT attending the event will be able to explain the rather bizarre logic behind that decision.

If you want to check whether your business or home is included in the first phase of  the programme, you can  find out here.

In spite of the questions over the exclusion of some areas in the town , this event will be well worth attending and  more details will be posted when we have them .  


Window dressing competition results

The window dressing competition proved a great success with many businesses taking part  to mark the Diamond  Jubilee and Curtis Cup events.

Favourable comments were received from tourists and golf fans alike about how good the High Street looked .

First place went to Big Bloomers , second to Brambles and joint third to Tradeway and The Flower Shop.


Sheena Baker , who sponsored the event, said she was delighted at the response and thanked all involved for their creative efforts.

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