POPS HQ: Lily's Summer at POPS
My POPS journey started when a close friend of mine mentioned that she had seen an Instagram post advertising for summer placements at a fun start-up company called POPS. I was finishing my final term at University and looking for work experience, so of course, I sent my CV and cover letter to the company immediately and was absolutely delighted to find out that I would become their Marketing Assistant for the summer.
I was so excited to join POPS that I relocated to London a weekend after finishing university and began to learn my way around the city. By no means was this an easy task for me growing up in the English countryside. At the end of my first month, I realised I’d been paying maximum transport fares on numerous occasions because I didn’t realise that ‘tapping out’ was a thing! After an expensive lesson learnt, I eventually began to get the hang of London transport, thanks to my best friend, City Mapper.
No day at POPS was ever the same and the experience that I gained was more than I ever expected. Straight away, I was given the responsibility to organise a pop-up sampling activation at Kings Cross Station, manage the company website and engage with the following of over 22k across our social channels.
As the weeks went on, I was heavily involved in World Gin Day, where I built relationships with journalists and other press, delivering them samples of our delicious Gordon’s Gin and Lime popsicles! For a few weeks, myself and our trusted cooler bags travelled around the city enjoying the sites, whilst making deliveries to press offices such as the Sunday Times, Vogue House and Heat Magazine.
When I wasn’t in the office or dropping off samples, I enjoyed working at events over the summer such as Henley Regatta, Blenheim Palace and Bicester Village. As my experience at the events grew, I took on the role as key Event Manager at an Orlebar Brown pop-up, where I was responsible for organising not only the logistics, but keeping hundreds of influencers cool with our new Espresso Martini sorbets (my favourite) during the 007 Skyfall screening at Canary Wharf.
Working at POPS opened my eyes to the world of start-up. From day one, I was welcomed into the team and given responsibilities that let me hit the ground running. As time went on, my responsibilities only increased, giving me exposure to events, sales and other areas of the business, a bonus of working for a start-up. Having previous experience in large corporations, it is incredible what can be achieved in this small team of eight! The team’s work ethic and passion for the company is admirable and it’s been an absolute pleasure being a part of POPS family this summer.