Nairn River Enterprise( Social Enterprise Project)
The original decision to establish the project was :
To set up a steering group to apply for pump priming funding to prepare a business plan for developing a Social Enterprise and to secure further funding (12/3/14)
Establish the Social Enterprise to provide routes to employment through re-use, riverside regeneration and ground maintenance work (9/7/14)
Recruit a consultant with HC Deprived Area Fund funding in order to take this work forward and negotiate terms for a CCF (Community Challenge Fund) transfer of Grounds Maintenance works (9/7/14)
The plan has been delivered, including the preparation of a fundraising strategy and resource pack, save for the following tasks:
Establish the Social Enterprise legal entity
Applications for funds for the Enterprise budget
HC has expressed satisfaction at the way in which the first £5,000 of DAF funding has been used. Bob Mackinnon met with NRCC members on 20th August and agreed that it is now important to test the extent of public support for the project by taking forward efforts to set up Nairn River Enterprise as a Company limited by guarantee.
Once this is achieved, Bob proposes to agree with NRCC the most appropriate way in which the second DAF grant of £5,000 might be used to support the enterprise. For the meantime, he asks NRCC to continue to hold this money (email confirmation from Bob Mackinnon).
It is proposed that NRCC do the following to conclude its direct responsibilities for Nairn River Enterprise:
Promote the public meeting to be held at the Community Centre (and meet the booking cost) at 7 pm on 24th September inviting interested individuals in the NRCC area, Moss-side and Achareidh to attend and learn how they can support the enterprise.
Promote “pop-in” sessions to be held at no cost in the Courthouse on 8th (11 am to 2 pm) and 13th October (1 to 4 pm)
Set aside £300 to contribute to a starting budget for the Enterprise once established.
This was discussed and the following points made:
It was stressed that clear information about NRE must be given if it is to succeed .
It was clarified that the recycling project should really be called “Reuse”
It was stressed that this Social Enterprise is intended to foster work placement not to take existing jobs.
There are four other projects working on Nairn River side and NRE would work with them and hope to provide a framework.
It was agreed that SN would supervise all publicity which would be sent out within the next week. It is crucial that Nairn knows want is involved.It was agreed NRCC would meet the booking cost for the meeting on 24/9 and give £300 as a starting budget.