Companies House figures reveal boom in businesses in Diss during pandemic
After data last month revealed Norfolk had seen a record number of businesses start up in 2020, new figures have revealed how Diss has been at the heart of the county’s business boom.
Despite the economic strife caused by the pandemic, Diss finished 2020 with 31 more businesses than it began with, according to figures.
Sixty-seven new businesses were started in the town in 2020, while 36 were struck off – showing that the town has continued to grow in spite of the pandemic and subsequent lockdown measures.
The figures – compiled by data from Companies House and the Office for National Statistics – offer a breakdown of every electoral ward in Norfolk.
Long Stratton fared similarly well; 47 new businesses were formed during 2020, while 14 went under – resulting in an increase of 33.
In Harleston, 17 new businesses started up, while 13 made way, with another 17 starting up in Dickleburgh, with nine folding.
In response to the new figures, Diss and Roydon councillor Jenny Wilby said: “In these troubled times, it’s surprising, but also brilliant news, to think we have got these new businesses.
“Hopefully, they will give employment to people in the town, because a lot of people have lost their jobs during this pandemic.”
Much of the increase is understood to be down to people setting up online businesses after being stuck at home during lockdown, and the story of families turning their hobbies into small, domestic start-ups has become increasingly common in recent months.
In December, the Diss Express spoke to Emma Moyes, a 28-year-old mother-of-one who began selling hand-painted decorative items out of her Kenninghall home after she lost her job at the nursery she had worked at for 10 years.
“At first, it was just to give me something to do,” she said.
“I have always been quite arty, and liked my crafts, so I thought I would start making a few things at home, just for myself.”
“I had been doing them at home for myself and put them on Facebook and people started commenting on them and telling me I should sell them.”
Not everywhere in south Norfolk closed the year with more businesses. In Roydon, only one new business was registered with Companies House, but three were taken off.