British Corner Shop Meets: Peter Howarth, Coffee Connoisseur & Technical Director

British Corner Shop Meets: Peter Howarth, Coffee Connoisseur & Technical Director

This month at British Corner Shop HQ, we managed to grab five minutes with one of the busiest members of the team – Peter Howarth

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This month at British Corner Shop HQ, we managed to grab five minutes with one of the busiest members of the team – Peter Howarth.

Pete is our Technical Director and all-round IT guru – not only did he build our British Corner Shop e-commerce platform from scratch, but he can also drink up to ten coffees a day without blinking – WIZARD!

Hello! Please introduce yourself and what your role is here at British Corner Shop?

Hi, I’m Peter Howarth, Technical & Marketing Director.  I co-founded the company with Mark Callaghan (MD) back in 2004, and I run our tech / e-commerce and marketing functions.

How did you end up doing what you are today?

I originally studied Aeronautical Engineering at University of Bristol and worked for Rolls-Royce aero engines before moving into software engineering, ultimately finding my passion for e-commerce and business.

Mark Callaghan had bought British Corner Shop in 2004 and at that time it was a tiny start-up, barely doing any business at all – but was such a great concept, I loved the idea. Mark needed a developer to build the e-commerce website and found me, I got involved and we went into business together.

Describe what a typical day at British Corner Shop looks like to you?

There’s never a dull moment!  It typically starts with a cycle to work as I’m a keen cyclist and getting on the bike is a good way to start the day.

As a fast-growth business, we are constantly evolving and improving our systems and processes, seeking out opportunities, recruiting great people to come and work with us, and developing partnerships.

My typical day juggles leadership and operational responsibilities, keeping us on course to deliver the big goals. It also involves at least five cups of coffee and some programming.

What’s the best part about working for the company?

It’s got such great energy and excitement about it, we’re lucky to have a genuinely brilliant and motivated team. Driving the business forward together is amazing fun.

I also personally enjoy the fact that up to a million users per month are using the e-commerce website that I built and that we’re providing a genuinely valuable service to so many customers who can now re-connect with the British brands they love and get their order delivered anywhere in the world!

Lastly, what would your desert island Brit food saviour be and why?

Wow, there’s so many to choose from – but as an engineer, I’d have to opt for a supply of Ribena, so  1) I had something to drink and could survive and  2) I could build a raft from the empty bottles and escape from the island.  Every problem has a solution!