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Ben Summers, 22, from Newport, has secured a position as an Online Retail Graduate at Halewood Wines and Spirits after completing his studies for a Business Management (Entrepreneurship) degree in June.

In Ben’s new role, he will be working with the company’s well-known brands, such as Whitley Neill Gin, JJ Whitley, Crabbie whisky, Dead Man’s Fingers Spiced Rum and more.  

He will be utilising online retail websites, such as Amazon, and creating and placing content on their pages in order to increase revenue and boost sales, as well as improving brand reputation.

Ben’s course includes a year in industry placement, which in his case was at Lidl, and he credits both in helping to prepare him for his career.

He said: “Lidl, in my opinion, is the reason I was able to secure this job and secure interviews for other roles with different companies. Having that placement year, with such a reputable company, was my main talking point. I rotated across many positions with Lidl and so I had plenty to discuss in terms of different types of skills when I was in interviews.

“My course (Business Management and Entrepreneurship) also made me resilient and to keep applying for jobs in the industry I wanted to work in. Being on an Entrepreneurship course, I had the experience of running my own business with fellow peers, and competing in competitions such as Young Enterprise, allowed me to reflect on what areas of the business, and my own personality, needed working on.”

While he is delighted to have this new opportunity Ben will miss his time at the University greatly.

He added: “The University creates a family-like atmosphere, where everyone knows everyone, so to speak. Students can also get to know lecturers really well, which adds to the University experience and makes students feel comfortable and supported. The University always offered me great support and I’m proud to say that in a few months I’ll be graduating from the University of Chester.”

Dr Connie Hancock, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Business and Finance, Chester Business School, said: "Ben was an outstanding Entrepreneurship student, who formed his own business in his second year of study and went on to undertake a year's internship as part of his degree programme. His experience whilst he was with us at Chester Business School was expansive and prepared for a successful career and I fully expected such a determined and focused graduate to achieve big and that's precisely what he has done. Huge congratulations, Ben."

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