The chairman of Harborough Improvement Team (HIT) has stepped down after less than a year in the role.
Geoffrey Owen took over as chairman in January with visions of setting up a town centre partnership to boost trade.
But he resigned recently, citing personal and professional reasons in an email sent out to HIT members.
Its steering group, which includes councillors, business people and volunteers from groups such as Harborough Churches Together, Neighbourhood Watch and Voluntary Action South Leicestershire is due to meet on Thursday, September 19, to appoint an interim chairman.
HIT was set up in 2002 under the Market Towns Initiative to help develop East Midlands town centres.
Funded by Harborough Council, it is behind the annual Harborough by the Sea festival and backs several other community events.
It has also produced town shopping guides and has worked with volunteers from Self Unlimited to keep the River Welland clear of rubbish.
It’s volunteer-led environment group holds regular litter-picks in town and created a successful ‘Morsbag Pod’, making thousands of reusable shopping bags in a bid to reduce the use of plastic.
Mr Owen took the chairmanship earlier this year following the resignation of Martin Hill the previous September and in May unveiled proposals to set up a town centre partnership.
He had hoped to bring together business and community groups behind a single strategy to promote the town centre.
It could have seen the return of proposals for a Business Improvement District (BID) in Harborough, where firms pay a levy for town centre improvement projects.
Proposals for a Harborough BID were rejected by businesses in 2011.
Mr Owen told the Mail he decided to resign for “personal and professional reasons”.
He said: “I don’t wish to add anything further other than wishing HIT every success for the future.”