Former Tourist Information Centre in Diss transformed into ‘The Mere Octagon’ to help start-up businesses

A defunct tourist information centre in Diss is set to be reimagined as The Mere Octagon to help support new businesses in the town.

Diss Community Team (DCT) – the body behind events like Diss Cyclathon and the organ festival, has leased the building with the intention of offering start-up businesses short leases of one to three months to test their business plans.

DCT chairman Alan Franks said the project will allow prospective business owners to test out their ideas while off-setting some of the usual financial risk that comes with launching a new venture.

Alan Franks and Councillor Doreen Collins, in front of the new Mere Octagon. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Alan Franks and Councillor Doreen