Diss Business Forum eager to expand membership as AGM approaches

Diss Business Forum committee members - from left to right:  Harold Rackham, Amanda Baldwin, Chris Billson, Richard Bacon MP, Leigh Thurston and Kerry Kirby.
Diss Business Forum committee members - from left to right: Harold Rackham, Amanda Baldwin, Chris Billson, Richard Bacon MP, Leigh Thurston and Kerry Kirby.
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The Diss Business Forum says it wants to continue expanding its role as a representative for the town’s entrepreneurs over the next 12 months, ahead of its annual general meeting next week.

Forum members, and anyone considering signing up, have been invited to the gathering at the Park Hotel in Diss at 6pm on Wednesday, for an opportunity to network and socialise with other businesses.

The guest speaker will be Steve Millbank, People Development Consultant at Eras Ltd in Denmark Street, who will give an insight into their work around employee engagement and culture, while the meeting will also feature an overview of the year and the re-election of the forum’s committee.

Diss Business Forum chair Kerry Kirby, who is running for her second year at the helm, told the Diss Express: “It’s a really nice and friendly organisation to be involved in.

“I am really pleased the rest of the committee wants to stay in place because it shows we have a stable base and we all work well together.

“We really want new businesses to feel that they are part of the town. When you set up a new business, it can be hard, so I think they can get a lot of support from businesses that have been going for a while.”

More details on the business forum’s future events will be shared at the meeting as well, such as a breakfast event at the Brome Grange Hotel next month, and the annual summer drinks party at TW Gaze in June.

The forum currently has more than 100 members, of which over a quarter are part of the Members Incentive Scheme, an initiative which launched last May that enables membership cardholders to benefit from discounts and special offers.

Ms Kirby, who is also the director of Diss marketing and media agency Splice Creative, also encouraged members to share their ideas for the forum, suggest possible events and provide honest feedback to the committee.

“I would like to continue to grow membership and share best practices between all of the businesses in the town, so we can continue to learn from each other,” she added.

Both members and non-members withing to go to Wedneday’s meeting are asked to events@dbf.org.uk by Monday to confirm their attendance.

The cost of membership to the organisation is currently £30 per year.

For further information about Diss Business Forum, please visit www.dbf.org.uk