My first encounter with POPS came in March 2019, when a friend of mine posted on her social media account a photo of POPS’ infamous Pimm’s popsicle. Written underneath were the words “Want to work for a fun, exciting brand where you’ll never have a dull day? Then look no further, POPS, the alcoholic ice lollies company, are hiring.” Within 10 minutes I had emailed my CV and cover letter into HQ.
Two months later I was greeted into the POPS family with open arms, as their new Sales and Events Assistant. And true to my friend’s words, nothing about my time at POPS was even remotely close to being dull. By the end of my first day I was running a three-day event in Shoreditch, selling a range of the stock to consumers at the D&AD Festival. By the end of my third week I had been the Event Manager at two more events: Blenheim Palace Food Festival and the Royal Bath & West Show. Not only was this responsibility a great way to really understand the ins and outs of the POPS business, but it also gave me this great sense of achievement when the consumers were visibly delighted with their POPS summer treats. I owe that sense of accomplishment to the POPS family. I am so honoured to have had the pleasure of working with such a driven, outgoing and faithful group of people. Their persistent “glass half full” mantra is not only admirable, but a testament to the success which POPS has produced in the mere period of five years.
From store visits and cold-calling clients on upcoming events, to sampling products at Whole Foods and being flown out to France to work at the Cannes Lions Festival for a week, I think it’s fair to say that I really did get the whole experience at POPS. It was an internship unlike no other, and to top it all off I was surrounded by copious boxes of alcoholic ice lollies and sorbets – what more could one ask for?
High-drive, non-stop, diverse, and unbelievably good fun, I was very sad to say goodbye to my POPS family. They are a team unlike no other and I know it won’t be long before we see POPS plastered across every “must-have” food campaign in the UK.