“Convention dictates that a company looks after its shareholders first, its customers next, and last of all it worry about its employees. Virgin does the opposite. For us our employees matter most, it just seems common sense to me that if you start off with a happy, well-motivated workforce, you’re much more likely to have happy customers. And in due course the resulting profits will make your shareholders happy!”
Back in the early years, as experience day gifts first captured the public imagination, more and more businesses asked if we could work with them too.
They saw the benefit of incorporating leisure activities into their reward programmes. People love the idea of spending time doing something different and associating those feel good vibes with the business.
And so Acorne Rewards began. Enriching lives by offering the chance to take time out and do something different. We’ve built the business by putting the employee and customer needs of our clients at the forefront of everything we do. And we constantly innovate to make sure we (and that means you too) stay ahead of the game.
Who knew all these top brands lived happily together under one roof? It’s a great line up and we’re pretty proud of how our family has grown. You could say we’re a one-stop-shop. Whatever your reward or engagement challenge might be, we are confident we’ve got the ideal solution to suit your audience.
All brands benefit from Acorne’s fantastic support system of buying, marketing, business, sales, customer service and finance teams. Let us introduce you…
From driving an Aston Martin to enjoying Afternoon Tea, Virgin Experience Days is crammed with a never-ending choice of experience days, handpicked by our dedicated buying team. Available as stylish gift packs or evouchers, choose a specific experience gift or keep it flexible with a Gift Card or Options Voucher. A great choice for helping meet your reward and recognition needs, Options Vouchers offer a vast selection of experiences to choose from and are collated by experience category, recipient or price.
All Virgin Experience Days products can be activated online, making it a simple process for your staff and customers too.
The original and the best lifestyle voucher. Fact.
Leisure Vouchers is bursting with an outstanding choice of things to do around the UK from eating and drinking, family days out at top attractions and memorable holidays. And because we only partner with leading leisure brands, you can be confident of a warm welcome at more than 5,000 locations across the UK.
Available in denominations starting from £5, Leisure Vouchers make perfect ‘on the spot’ rewards when you simply want to say ‘thank you’.
Exclusive access to the wonderful world of Virgin.
It’s a particular favourite with business customers who want to inject the Virgin qualities of passion and innovation into their campaign and be associated with one of the UK’s most respected brands.
The Virgin Gift Card is the perfect travel companion, welcomed at Virgin Holidays, Virgin Holiday Cruises and Virgin Holidays + Hip Hotels and Virgin Limited Edition, including access to Necker Island – a money can’t buy experience you CAN buy!
This full-bodied little card is also accepted at Virgin Wines, Kensington Roof Gardens, Virgin Balloon Flights, Virgin Pure and of course the lovely Virgin Experience Days.
Also available as paper vouchers or evouchers.
For lots of reasons. We’re open, honest, straightforward and like to do things a little differently. We’re proud that Virgin Experience Days has constantly topped the poll for great customer service within the Virgin Group – so you’re assured great service.
We don’t think your rewards programme should be complicated and that’s why we are by your side every step of the way. As well as a dedicated business manager, you’ll have access to top-notch marketing support to add creativity and impact to your scheme. And you won’t get a whiff of a mangagement fee, so you don’t have to worry about hidden costs.
With a fantastic choice of experience and gift card brands under one roof, we will help you to keep your incentives and recognition schemes fresh, so you don’t have to go through the effort of changing partners to find new rewards.
Oh and did we mention we’ve been around a while? You’ll benefit from 25 years of experience if you partner with us. You could say we’re playing for keeps!
Below are our friendly sales team. You can find out more about them by clicking on them!
Tim leads the team responsible for all sales and brand partnerships. He is also our main contact with the Virgin Group and other Virgin brands. His claim to fame is challenging Ayrton Senna to a Scalextric race at the tender age of 15, and winning! We reckon Tim now fancies himself as a bit of a racing great , he is often found test driving our supercar experiences.Email tim
Jess has quickly worked her way up the ranks in the sales team and now works closely with Tim managing key partnerships and white label solutions for experiences and vouchers. She recently received the prestigious Virgin ‘Star of the Year’ award and we’re all really proud of her!
A Welsh rugby fan, Jess returns to the valleys to support her team as often as possible. Self-confessed foodie, she loves to take advantage of our dining experiences to try out new places. Next up on the experience menu is Indoor Sky Diving (followed by a lovely lunch of course).
It’s fair to say “sales” run through Elizabeth’s veins, she has sold everything from Sheeps Wool insulation to non-toxic paint.
She is responsible for account management for all our voucher products and is our resident gift card expert. Elizabeth is office based so a good person to call if you have a sales-related question. If she doesn’t know the answer, she knows a man who does.
Elizabeth is an apiarist (for those not in the know, she keeps bees, in fact she has six hives, so she keeps lots of bees). Ever the romantic, Elizabeth covets an excursion on the Orient Express, wining and dining in style.
Iain is responsible for all Acorne Rewards brand and corporate partnerships. Iain’s team offer like-minded brands access to an unrivalled range of great experiences and leisure activities to meet business objectives from short term reciprocal agreement or strategic collaboration. Talk to Iain if you’d like to hear more about how a partnership with Acorne Rewards leisure and experience brands will increase revenue, customer loyalty and brand exposure.
Iain is also a talented member of Acorne’s football team, although his team mates claim he spends more time worrying about his hair than what’s at stake during the match!
When it comes to experience days Iain loves to get behind the wheel of a supercar. Next on his list is Feeding the Big Cats, sampling the menu at one of our Celebrity Chef restaurants and enjoying an event at the O2.
Amy manages all client relationships for our popular employee benefits and affinity programmes, offering access to Acorne Rewards irresistible portfolio of leisure activities, fine dining and experience days. She is also our link to the world of Virgin, working closely with colleagues around the Virgin family.
Amy also plans unique events, working with our bulging black book of experience suppliers to create exclusive launches and parties for corporate clients and brands.
She sits on the Acorne Charity Committee so is the best person to chat up if you are a client looking for fundraising support for a charity close to your heart.
Andrew manages a wide range of rewards and recognition programmes for clients who’d prefer to say thank you with a memorable experience rather than a carriage clock or bunch of flowers (although he can organise that too!). Acorne Rewards portfolio of memorable experiences and gift cards are popular with all recognition schemes, long service awards, customer loyalty programmes and sales initiatives.
With a passion for playing and watching sport Andrew is Acorne’s unofficial Social Secretary, organising the Acorne football team and our yearly flutter on the Grand National among other things.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s really like to enjoy afternoon tea at The Ritz, ask Andrew, it’s just one of our experiences he’s ticked off the bucket list so far.
As Sales Administrator, Sophie keeps the busy Acorne Rewards team running smoothly. Sophie is our key contact for all corporate enquiries, so if you have a question or challenge for us, now you’ll recognise the voice on the other end of the phone!
Sophie takes her job seriously and makes sure to research our experience days at every opportunity. Clearly not faint—hearted, next on her list are a Tandem Skydive and the Zombie Survival experience
Acorne Rewards take care of everything…
Experience days added a lot of fizz and excitement
I don’t think there’s another company in the UK that could have provided this service
Leisure Vouchers was a perfect reward choice for our UK-wide programme
Our members love the Virgin Experience Days special offers…