Epsom business development manager Adam Worley resigns

Adam Worley, Epsom's Business Development Manager, has resigned

Adam Worley, Epsom's Business Development Manager, has resigned

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Epsom’s business development manager has resigned.

Adam Worley, 27, took up the two-year role - which was match-funded by Epsom Council and The Ashley Centre which put in £50,000 each - last August. An Epsom Council spokesman confirmed yesterday that Mr Worley has handed in his notice.

He said: "We understand that Adam has an excellent career opportunity elsewhere and we wish him the best luck in his new role. "A recruitment process for a replacement will be starting shortly."

It is understood that Mr Worley will leave at the start of August.

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8:58pm Thu 15 May 14

EwellMan says...

Nearly earnt a years Salary and Achieved Nothing!!! Lucky he wasnt paid on perfromance as he would of had to pay back more than he earnt.

Pointless replacing the role unless the Councils understand the problem, a business develpment manager cannot build Epsom Town with Business unless it looks at rates and parking. How many times do members of the public have to state the obvious before the council start listening.

If they dont want to decrease parking charges (even free in evenings) and reduce rates for small businesses then you might as well start converting the Town to flats and accept even more charity shops.
Nearly earnt a years Salary and Achieved Nothing!!! Lucky he wasnt paid on perfromance as he would of had to pay back more than he earnt. Pointless replacing the role unless the Councils understand the problem, a business develpment manager cannot build Epsom Town with Business unless it looks at rates and parking. How many times do members of the public have to state the obvious before the council start listening. If they dont want to decrease parking charges (even free in evenings) and reduce rates for small businesses then you might as well start converting the Town to flats and accept even more charity shops. EwellMan
  • Score: 2

7:24am Fri 16 May 14

Mr Boe says...

Well said EwellMan. Correct me if im wrong, but we (And I mean We as it comes no doubt from our Council Tax) paid a 27 year old £100k to develop Epsoms business plan. £100k? what experience do you have at the age of 27 to take on such a huge task!
Could someone please explain exactly what has happened in the last year, because i see no changes at all apart from more shops shutting and more violence!
Well said EwellMan. Correct me if im wrong, but we (And I mean We as it comes no doubt from our Council Tax) paid a 27 year old £100k to develop Epsoms business plan. £100k? what experience do you have at the age of 27 to take on such a huge task! Could someone please explain exactly what has happened in the last year, because i see no changes at all apart from more shops shutting and more violence! Mr Boe
  • Score: -5

9:21am Fri 16 May 14

jswan1 says...

Sounds like this guy was out of his depth and didn't perform, although we can only really speculate. I'm sure it's not an easy job but you would at least expect such a role would go to somebody with proven experience.

Agree that parking charges need to be looked at, but traffic in Epsom is bad enough as it is. If they want more numbers on the high street then the town needs to be more accessible. It's not possible to just "pop down" to the high street due to traffic and lack of reasonably priced parking.
Sounds like this guy was out of his depth and didn't perform, although we can only really speculate. I'm sure it's not an easy job but you would at least expect such a role would go to somebody with proven experience. Agree that parking charges need to be looked at, but traffic in Epsom is bad enough as it is. If they want more numbers on the high street then the town needs to be more accessible. It's not possible to just "pop down" to the high street due to traffic and lack of reasonably priced parking. jswan1
  • Score: -3

9:35am Fri 16 May 14

sjsunny says...

I also agree that there are no apparent changes, I only see a continued steady decline. This guy clearly came into the role with an abundance of enthusiasm, sadly , even at that point, many could see that the task ahead would not be easy.

There is little sense in the council appointing a replacement if they are not prepared to listen to local residents, business owners, retailers and indeed the people they actually appoint into positions such as Business Development Manager. I for one am sick and tired of councillors, who have been elected to represent the interests of local people, adopting a 'we know best attitude' and completely disregarding our views. It is time for a change and time to elect new people who might just listen and not just the same old, same old brigade who have become complacent.
I also agree that there are no apparent changes, I only see a continued steady decline. This guy clearly came into the role with an abundance of enthusiasm, sadly , even at that point, many could see that the task ahead would not be easy. There is little sense in the council appointing a replacement if they are not prepared to listen to local residents, business owners, retailers and indeed the people they actually appoint into positions such as Business Development Manager. I for one am sick and tired of councillors, who have been elected to represent the interests of local people, adopting a 'we know best attitude' and completely disregarding our views. It is time for a change and time to elect new people who might just listen and not just the same old, same old brigade who have become complacent. sjsunny
  • Score: 3

10:58am Fri 16 May 14

LoveEpsom says...

EwellMan - Business rates cannot be changed locally. These are set by national government and so I can only as I have - along with colleagues - challenge government to reform a system which supports and encourages out of town shopping centres and online businesses. Parking is an area I have been challenging council on since August, and changes have been brought in relating to the Evening Economy. The recommendations put forward differ to those accepted by council (as reported by Epsom Guardian previously).

MrBoe - I can assure you my salary is nowhere near the sum you have quoted. My previous experience has been previously listed. Change has been brought about across the town, changing attitudes towards Town Businesses, supporting change, putting forward recommendations to councils and working with the businesses on individual issues they have had and collective marketing activities.

JSwan1 - Structural changes to the town are being investigated, which is why you will have seen in town individuals measuring the volume of traffic. Both your councillors and County Councillors will be able to offer more information on this.

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Bringing about change cannot be accomplished overnight as re-engaging lost residents who no longer use the town and changing attitudes of those who have had a negative opinion take time. I am sorry that you feel no change has been achieved.
EwellMan - Business rates cannot be changed locally. These are set by national government and so I can only as I have - along with colleagues - challenge government to reform a system which supports and encourages out of town shopping centres and online businesses. Parking is an area I have been challenging council on since August, and changes have been brought in relating to the Evening Economy. The recommendations put forward differ to those accepted by council (as reported by Epsom Guardian previously). MrBoe - I can assure you my salary is nowhere near the sum you have quoted. My previous experience has been previously listed. Change has been brought about across the town, changing attitudes towards Town Businesses, supporting change, putting forward recommendations to councils and working with the businesses on individual issues they have had and collective marketing activities. JSwan1 - Structural changes to the town are being investigated, which is why you will have seen in town individuals measuring the volume of traffic. Both your councillors and County Councillors will be able to offer more information on this. - Bringing about change cannot be accomplished overnight as re-engaging lost residents who no longer use the town and changing attitudes of those who have had a negative opinion take time. I am sorry that you feel no change has been achieved. LoveEpsom
  • Score: 10

1:34pm Fri 16 May 14

sjsunny says...

LoveEpsom wrote:
EwellMan - Business rates cannot be changed locally. These are set by national government and so I can only as I have - along with colleagues - challenge government to reform a system which supports and encourages out of town shopping centres and online businesses. Parking is an area I have been challenging council on since August, and changes have been brought in relating to the Evening Economy. The recommendations put forward differ to those accepted by council (as reported by Epsom Guardian previously).

MrBoe - I can assure you my salary is nowhere near the sum you have quoted. My previous experience has been previously listed. Change has been brought about across the town, changing attitudes towards Town Businesses, supporting change, putting forward recommendations to councils and working with the businesses on individual issues they have had and collective marketing activities.

JSwan1 - Structural changes to the town are being investigated, which is why you will have seen in town individuals measuring the volume of traffic. Both your councillors and County Councillors will be able to offer more information on this.

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Bringing about change cannot be accomplished overnight as re-engaging lost residents who no longer use the town and changing attitudes of those who have had a negative opinion take time. I am sorry that you feel no change has been achieved.
Mr Worley, if these things take time, as you say, why don't you stick at to achieve the satisfaction of bringing about the much needed change?
[quote][p][bold]LoveEpsom[/bold] wrote: EwellMan - Business rates cannot be changed locally. These are set by national government and so I can only as I have - along with colleagues - challenge government to reform a system which supports and encourages out of town shopping centres and online businesses. Parking is an area I have been challenging council on since August, and changes have been brought in relating to the Evening Economy. The recommendations put forward differ to those accepted by council (as reported by Epsom Guardian previously). MrBoe - I can assure you my salary is nowhere near the sum you have quoted. My previous experience has been previously listed. Change has been brought about across the town, changing attitudes towards Town Businesses, supporting change, putting forward recommendations to councils and working with the businesses on individual issues they have had and collective marketing activities. JSwan1 - Structural changes to the town are being investigated, which is why you will have seen in town individuals measuring the volume of traffic. Both your councillors and County Councillors will be able to offer more information on this. - Bringing about change cannot be accomplished overnight as re-engaging lost residents who no longer use the town and changing attitudes of those who have had a negative opinion take time. I am sorry that you feel no change has been achieved.[/p][/quote]Mr Worley, if these things take time, as you say, why don't you stick at to achieve the satisfaction of bringing about the much needed change? sjsunny
  • Score: 4

4:37pm Fri 16 May 14

ratta-tutta-ya says...

I see the daggers are out again Mr Ewell-Man. You never credit to anyone you slag the Police of on a weekly basis, and require a Policemen on every Street corner.

Wake up man not everything is perfect in your ideal world!!
I see the daggers are out again Mr Ewell-Man. You never credit to anyone you slag the Police of on a weekly basis, and require a Policemen on every Street corner. Wake up man not everything is perfect in your ideal world!! ratta-tutta-ya
  • Score: 0

12:47am Mon 19 May 14

EwellMan says...

ratta-tutta-ya wrote:
I see the daggers are out again Mr Ewell-Man. You never credit to anyone you slag the Police of on a weekly basis, and require a Policemen on every Street corner.

Wake up man not everything is perfect in your ideal world!!
Yawnnnnnnn.....My Friendly Troll is back..........Can you please re-write your comment as i cant really understand what you are saying? and not really sure what your statment has on the relevance of this article?

Maybe what would be a really good idea is you make an educated repsonse rather than just use the forum to attack another member? What a sad person you must be just clicking between forums unsulting members.

Epsom was a nice place to live a few decades ago, yes times changed and its still not as bad as some places but look at what households pay in Council tax and look at the state of the area. compared to when we had less houses and less coumcil tax money. Where is all the additonal money going?

Back to the Artical at handm whats the point of a business develpment manager if their hands are so tied they cant change anyhing for the better? You might as well take that salay and pay for 2 more teachers or 2 more police officers.
[quote][p][bold]ratta-tutta-ya[/bold] wrote: I see the daggers are out again Mr Ewell-Man. You never credit to anyone you slag the Police of on a weekly basis, and require a Policemen on every Street corner. Wake up man not everything is perfect in your ideal world!![/p][/quote]Yawnnnnnnn.....My Friendly Troll is back..........Can you please re-write your comment as i cant really understand what you are saying? and not really sure what your statment has on the relevance of this article? Maybe what would be a really good idea is you make an educated repsonse rather than just use the forum to attack another member? What a sad person you must be just clicking between forums unsulting members. Epsom was a nice place to live a few decades ago, yes times changed and its still not as bad as some places but look at what households pay in Council tax and look at the state of the area. compared to when we had less houses and less coumcil tax money. Where is all the additonal money going? Back to the Artical at handm whats the point of a business develpment manager if their hands are so tied they cant change anyhing for the better? You might as well take that salay and pay for 2 more teachers or 2 more police officers. EwellMan
  • Score: -6

8:26am Mon 19 May 14

jswan1 says...

Mr Worley should not be held solely responsible. It's the people who gave him that position in the first place. People tend to jump around jobs in their 20's, hence it comes as no surprise that Mr Worley already has a new job a mere 9 months into a 2 year project. Hopefully they will get somebody more mature and more settled involved this time.
Mr Worley should not be held solely responsible. It's the people who gave him that position in the first place. People tend to jump around jobs in their 20's, hence it comes as no surprise that Mr Worley already has a new job a mere 9 months into a 2 year project. Hopefully they will get somebody more mature and more settled involved this time. jswan1
  • Score: 2

12:00pm Mon 19 May 14

CPW_13 says...

jswan1 - How can you state we need someone more mature and more settled? Mr Worley did everything we could to bring the changes Epsom needs, unfortunately doesn't depend solely on him, and when people from the top are not willing to change, his hands are tied.
D Singh - by your comment I believe you are an Epsom trader, how can you say he has lost the support from the traders from day 1??? Have you ever attended the Epsom Forum? If you have you should know that is thanks to Mr Worley and Councillor Dallen that the flat rate is now in place to try to boost the afternoon/evening economy!
Shame you are all so wise, but you know nothing.
Mr Worley did and does a wonderful job and unfortunately Epsom will suffer in the near future because he's suggestions were all ignored!
If you employ an expert to do a job, should you allow him to do it, instead of stopping him every time he tries to do something!!!
D-Shing you shouldn't make false accusations.
jswan1 - How can you state we need someone more mature and more settled? Mr Worley did everything we could to bring the changes Epsom needs, unfortunately doesn't depend solely on him, and when people from the top are not willing to change, his hands are tied. D Singh - by your comment I believe you are an Epsom trader, how can you say he has lost the support from the traders from day 1??? Have you ever attended the Epsom Forum? If you have you should know that is thanks to Mr Worley and Councillor Dallen that the flat rate is now in place to try to boost the afternoon/evening economy! Shame you are all so wise, but you know nothing. Mr Worley did and does a wonderful job and unfortunately Epsom will suffer in the near future because he's suggestions were all ignored! If you employ an expert to do a job, should you allow him to do it, instead of stopping him every time he tries to do something!!! D-Shing you shouldn't make false accusations. CPW_13
  • Score: 5

12:07pm Mon 19 May 14

D-Singh says...

CPW_13 wrote:
jswan1 - How can you state we need someone more mature and more settled? Mr Worley did everything we could to bring the changes Epsom needs, unfortunately doesn't depend solely on him, and when people from the top are not willing to change, his hands are tied.
D Singh - by your comment I believe you are an Epsom trader, how can you say he has lost the support from the traders from day 1??? Have you ever attended the Epsom Forum? If you have you should know that is thanks to Mr Worley and Councillor Dallen that the flat rate is now in place to try to boost the afternoon/evening economy!
Shame you are all so wise, but you know nothing.
Mr Worley did and does a wonderful job and unfortunately Epsom will suffer in the near future because he's suggestions were all ignored!
If you employ an expert to do a job, should you allow him to do it, instead of stopping him every time he tries to do something!!!
D-Shing you shouldn't make false accusations.
I think to some extent you are correct. Let me add that this is nothing personal against Mr Worley - sometimes us traders are passionate about are area and it boils over, because we want positive change. I'm sure he has done some great work in the past and will continue to do so in the future.
[quote][p][bold]CPW_13[/bold] wrote: jswan1 - How can you state we need someone more mature and more settled? Mr Worley did everything we could to bring the changes Epsom needs, unfortunately doesn't depend solely on him, and when people from the top are not willing to change, his hands are tied. D Singh - by your comment I believe you are an Epsom trader, how can you say he has lost the support from the traders from day 1??? Have you ever attended the Epsom Forum? If you have you should know that is thanks to Mr Worley and Councillor Dallen that the flat rate is now in place to try to boost the afternoon/evening economy! Shame you are all so wise, but you know nothing. Mr Worley did and does a wonderful job and unfortunately Epsom will suffer in the near future because he's suggestions were all ignored! If you employ an expert to do a job, should you allow him to do it, instead of stopping him every time he tries to do something!!! D-Shing you shouldn't make false accusations.[/p][/quote]I think to some extent you are correct. Let me add that this is nothing personal against Mr Worley - sometimes us traders are passionate about are area and it boils over, because we want positive change. I'm sure he has done some great work in the past and will continue to do so in the future. D-Singh
  • Score: 0

1:09pm Mon 19 May 14

jswan1 says...

CPW_13 - I said they should try to find somebody more mature and settled next time because typically a man in his 30's/40's/50's would want a more stable working environment and would be less likely to be resigning from a two year project after a mere 9 months.

There is a lot to be said for sticking a project out until the end. As an employer I would be looking very closely at such shortly held positions as to me they help highlight potential loyalty and commitment issues. Of course I am sure he has his own side of the story but from us on the outside looking in having being assured he was the right man for the job it does not reflect well on him to have resigned from the position.

And how could this guy have been properly focussed on the job in hand if he was already doing interviews for something else mere months into the role?
CPW_13 - I said they should try to find somebody more mature and settled next time because typically a man in his 30's/40's/50's would want a more stable working environment and would be less likely to be resigning from a two year project after a mere 9 months. There is a lot to be said for sticking a project out until the end. As an employer I would be looking very closely at such shortly held positions as to me they help highlight potential loyalty and commitment issues. Of course I am sure he has his own side of the story but from us on the outside looking in having being assured he was the right man for the job it does not reflect well on him to have resigned from the position. And how could this guy have been properly focussed on the job in hand if he was already doing interviews for something else mere months into the role? jswan1
  • Score: -4

1:43pm Mon 19 May 14

jennings1234 says...

I may be wrong, but I think Mr. Worley was employed initially on a two-year contract.
I may be wrong, but I think Mr. Worley was employed initially on a two-year contract. jennings1234
  • Score: 0

9:36pm Mon 19 May 14

Jodie29 says...

No wonder the poor guy wants to move on if he has to listen to some of the silly comments we are seeing here. Surely one person alone can't make the change we all are looking for, Mr Worley is 'certainly not the Messiah, more like a very naughty boy' for leaving the job unfinished.
What Epsom needs is some collective thinking and perhaps a 'Town Team' put in place made up of the council, business and residents, oh and please leave politics out of this.
No wonder the poor guy wants to move on if he has to listen to some of the silly comments we are seeing here. Surely one person alone can't make the change we all are looking for, Mr Worley is 'certainly not the Messiah, more like a very naughty boy' for leaving the job unfinished. What Epsom needs is some collective thinking and perhaps a 'Town Team' put in place made up of the council, business and residents, oh and please leave politics out of this. Jodie29
  • Score: 1

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