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The board of Linnhe Leisure, the company responsible for the management and operation of the Nevis Centre in Fort William, is in discussions with High Life Highland (HLH) to establish a partnership agreement to operate the town’s premier events venue.
Board members believe that a collaboration with HLH, which operates leisure and community centres throughout the Highlands on behalf of Highland Council, will be beneficial to the future of the Nevis Centre, which was originally built in 1990.
The proposed partnership between the two organisations would see HLH take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the centre, while the board of Linnhe Leisure would focus on the longer-term development of the facility and its services.
The Nevis Centre is currently leased by Highland Council to Linnhe Leisure Ltd – a charitable company limited by guarantee, run by a voluntary board of directors.
Speaking about the potential partnership, Sheana Fraser for Linnhe Leisure said: ‘While we are at a very early stage, we are encouraged by the discussions that have taken place and the board believes that developing the partnership with High Life Highland will be a positive step for Linnhe Leisure offering opportunities to further enhance the leisure provision in the area. There are strong benefits for both Linnhe Leisure and High Life Highland in forming a partnership.’
Five years ago the company ran into financial difficulty and entered a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) with the approval of its creditors. This allowed the centre to continue to trade and all creditors will have been paid in full by the end of this year.
During this period the board has carried out major improvements to the centre, including investments in wifi cabling throughout the building and improved safety measures in the bowling alley. Water ingress has been a serious issue and work to replace the roof is currently out to tender.
High Life Highland chief executive, Ian Murray added: ‘HLH is pleased to have been invited by the board of Linnhe Leisure to discuss ways in which our organisations may be able work together for the benefit of the individuals, families and wider community groups using Nevis Centre.’
High Life Highland already works in similar partnerships with a range of community groups across the Highlands to operate community spaces.
The Nevis Centre in Fort William was built in 1990 and currently managed by Linnhe Leisure. NO F38 Nevis Centre