Business forum is working for good of Diss

PUBLISHED: 14:11 02 April 2015 | UPDATED: 14:11 02 April 2015

Edward Nottingham, Kerry Kirby, Chris Bilson of the new committee of the Diss Business Forum

Edward Nottingham, Kerry Kirby, Chris Bilson of the new committee of the Diss Business Forum


A new chairman of a business forum plans to help connect companies in Diss.

The Diss Business Forum works with companies in the area and has formed a new committee to help grow membership and encourage firms to work more effectively together.

Kerry Kirby, director of Diss-based media and marketing agency Splice Creative, has been appointed as the new chairman of the forum.

She said: “I am incredibly proud to be selected to lead the Diss Business Forum as chairman and I am looking forward to continuing the excellent work undertaken to date and to grow our membership even further.

“Diss is a super location to both do business in and operate from, as our clients are predominantly in Norfolk, Suffolk and London.

“I believe we are all stronger when we work together and can speak more powerfully as one and that is exactly what the forum is all about and we are encouraging more businesses to join.”

With almost 100 members the forum aims to provide a channel for communication for local authorities and other organisations in the region.

It also aims to increase footfall in the town centre by working with Diss Town Council, South Norfolk Council, the Diss Heritage Partnership and other business organisations to “shout” about all Diss has to offer in terms of retail, leisure and business services.

Members have praised the work of former chairman Judy Ward who stepped down after two years at the helm of the forum.

Other changes have been made to the Diss Business Forum with Chris Bilson, store director at Beales, taking over the position of vice chairman, Edward Nottingham, director at Merrick Hill, becoming secretary and Leigh Thurston, assistant manager at Lovewell Blake in Thetford, taking over the role of treasurer from Brian Bale who had been in the post since the forum formed.

Mr Nottingham said: “We are working closer than ever with other organisations in the town and it feels a really exciting place to be right now with so many new and established businesses all pulling together to make Diss a great place to live and work in.”

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