After graduating from Durham, I was set on finding a small, fast-paced company to work for, and one which would provide me with some valuable hands-on business experience. WEXO provided the perfect platform from which to search for appropriate vacancies and, after registering my details on the website and subsequently organising an interview with the WEXO boss, I was soon put in contact with Alibi Drink who were advertising an eight week sales internship.
Alibi Drink, a small ‘PRETOX’ functional health drinks company based in Notting Hill, was looking to take on four interns in order to help grow the brand’s presence in convenience stores, cafes, and delis in London. Each intern was delegated a quarter of London and, right from day one, was responsible for opening, merchandising and managing as many accounts in the capital as possible. The internship provided invaluable field sales experience and a quantifiable business development opportunity. It also provided one of the interns, potentially, with a full-time position on the back of the internship, which I was fortunate enough to secure at the beginning of October.
Alibi is a hugely exciting company to work for and one which is growing rapidly within the FMCG industry. The team behind it are all young, fun, and determined to make the Alibi brand succeed internationally. I was also lucky enough to be invited on the company weekend away in Paris just before I started which was simply incredible yet somewhat mired my productivity on the first Monday morning back in the office! Being such a small business I have been given a lot of responsibility already. My job now entails opening and managing accounts with food-on-the-go outlets and health stores across the UK whilst also managing the sales interns who are in control of all convenience store and cafe/deli accounts in London.
I am so fortunate to have been pushed in Alibi’s direction by WEXO and cannot think of a better place to learn how small businesses operate and the hurdles they face when expanding.