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Peter Futcher

Business Advisor, Consultant, Teacher and Entrepreneur



I am an advisor and consultant who practices what he preaches - running various online businesses day to day I am able to take that experience and, with my skills as a teacher, to share these with others.

With an unshakeable faith in the potential of all people, I am a resilient, experienced and enthusiastic entrepreneur, educator and businessman. I enjoy working in a busy and varied environment, relishing the challenge of managing a diverse workload. I am able to establish a supportive and collaborative relationship with customers, stakeholders and colleagues, all with the aim of promoting and reinforcing relationships. A team player, community minded and fundamentally committed to best practice and innovation, I am always engaged in continuous learning in order to broaden my own knowledge to use in real world scenarios and share with others. I consider myself confident, passionate and enthusiastic. A career in education as a schoolmaster, manager and leader has been followed by established business building, development and consultation.

Business Profile - Auntie Mims

Auntie Mims is a creative agency with various interests. The core brand, Mims and Family, is a family focused gift design and manufacturing interest. Since 2008 Auntie Mims has grown via various online platforms, in-house designed websites and through internet marketing to turnover in excess of £5 million pounds with significant year on year growth. To the B2C offering we acquired Howkapow, another significant curated retail brand in 2017 and this is now a part of the broader portfolio. We also work B2B and have Mims Trading, our corporate and wholesale arm supply giftware, in-house manufactured products, UV, Digital and Screen Printing and a range of digital services to clients as diverse as Buckingham Palace, English Heritage, Jamie Oliver’s Restaurants, Samsung and a huge range of marketing agencies. Significant recent contracts include work for ITV and Kellog’s.

A recent extension to our trading is ‘Project Ice’ - a gourmet ice lolly company set up and run by pupils of St Edmund’s School in Canterbury. We support this with capital, training and networking as well as core logistics not possible for pupils during term time. Project Ice aims to become the first ever online gourmet ice lolly company in the UK delivering bespoke product across the country by overnight courier.

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Last Updated: 01/02/2019