Rewards & Recognition

We all know that acknowledging employees’ hard work has a positive impact on them. We will work with you to create recognition programmes to show appreciation for individuals or teams who reach specific targets, demonstrate key company values, reach certain milestones or who you simply want to thank. Best of all, we’re motivating them with memories - great times and new experiences with friends, family and colleagues.

Success Stories: P&O Ferries

P&O Ferries operate an employee incentive scheme called ‘Tribal Wars’. Created to inject healthy competition within the call centre, teams are encouraged to reach sales targets with a winning team being treated to a meal out each month. Annually the overall winners enjoy a day trip to London including a theatre visit, sightseeing and dinner, all courtesy of Leisure Vouchers.

“We celebrate team work by incentivising call centre staff with Leisure Vouchers. Winning teams enjoy dinner out together at a choice of restaurants. Only leisure and experience rewards can offer that time together that strengthens working relationships – retail vouchers or white goods just don’t have the same appeal.”

Call Centre Manager, P&O Ferries

Success Stories: Nationwide

Table for 15,000 please. This was Nationwide’s challenge when they wanted to thank colleagues from branches and admin centres around the UK for their part in achieving a company milestone. Leisure Vouchers was literally the only company that could rise to the brief. With a choice of national restaurant chains, the leading voucher brand could accommodate all employees by arranging a series of dinners in similar venues across the UK, ensuring all 15,000 valued employees received the same fantastic experience.

“We approached Acorne Rewards with the tightest of deadlines to organise dinner for 15,000 colleagues! Not only did they rise to the challenge, but pulled out all the stops to support our team with marketing and fulfilment support. I don’t think there’s another company in the UK that could have provided this service and they were great to work with too.”

Communications Manager, Nationwide

Employee Engagement

At the end of the day it’s simple, we all want our employees to enjoy their work. Happiness is infectious. Happy staff = happy customers = happy profits!

But what inspires them to go the extra mile, and remain loyal to the company? We are sure we have the answer. We see it all the time and it’s not cash or a new kettle. It’s a spa treat with close friends, special dinner with loved ones or a team Segway adventure that makes them smile from ear to ear.

Success Stories: Wickes

When Wickes Building Supplies launched a mystery shopper programme, the company incorporated an on-the-spot reward element to recognise staff going out of their way to offer helpful service and friendly customer advice. The ‘Customer First’ initiative had a massively positive effect on employee performance and engagement.

“With a nationwide network of redemption opportunities, Leisure Vouchers was a perfect reward choice for our UK-wide programme engaging colleagues in stores across the country. Employees loved receiving Leisure Vouchers to treat themselves on the company.”

HR Manager, Wickes


It’s good to talk, but it’s even better to get together and share good times. Lots of companies come to us when they want to host an event or plan a team building day with a difference. They could be entertaining clients, suppliers, top performers or the whole company. With our range of suppliers and contacts we can inject some oomph into your event, from power boat rides to coasteering or a thank you dinner with multiple venues across the UK for teams with regional offices. Always working with you to nail the corporate message and achieve your goals for the event.

Success Stories: NICEIC

“With approved centres across the UK, communication is one of our toughest challenges and we try to overcome this by arranging regular group meetings to share important industry updates.
Attendance is always a challenge but working with the Acorne Rewards team we achieved almost 100% attendance with an invitation our male dominated audience just couldn’t refuse.

Acorne used their industry contacts to arrange a gathering at Silverstone circuit followed by an afternoon of team activities including a circuit drive in the Lotus Exige, a high speed passenger ride and Skid Control Class or Auto Time trial. The day was a huge success and will be talked about for years to come!”

Group PR Manager, NICEIC

Employee Retention

Ignoring high levels of employee turnover can be costly. It lowers internal morale and could even harm a company’s external reputation.

Creating a business strategy to retain employees you can’t afford to lose – and so maintaining a competitive edge, is vital. By coupling your knowledge of what makes your staff tick, with our expertise in shaping successful retention schemes, we will make sure your best people stay with you for the long haul.

Success Stories: Virgin Management

At Virgin Management employees will always come first. As part of their innovative employee benefits programme the company offer a choice of birthday gifts to thank individuals for their hard work.

Acorne’s creative team produced a personalised birthday card from Richard Branson, which was designed to enclose a Virgin Experience Days Gift Card.

“We wanted to encourage employees to look at things differently/go out and do something different on their birthday in line with the Virgin values of fun and innovation. We originally spoke to Acorne to discuss using the Virgin Experience Days Gift Card and were delighted when they came up with a fantastically creative birthday card design to enclose it. Our ‘V Treat’ birthday experiences have gone down an absolute storm with staff who can celebrate their special day by doing anything from enjoying afternoon tea to a thrilling rally driving day.”

Reward Manager, Virgin Management

Long Service & Loyalty

A job for life is an increasingly rare sighting, so when someone’s been with you for a long time you must be doing something right.

Key work anniversaries are cause for celebration and if you mark the occasion with us you can be sure of an imaginative and memorable choice of gifts.

Everyone’s different, so with your knowledge of what makes them tick, we will put the thoughtful into your service awards.

Success Stories: Nando's

National restaurant group Nando’s aim to ensure each and every customer visit is the best it can be. The restaurant brand knows its employees are key to making this happen and have a strong programme of staff rewards to recognise and retain talent.

As part of this programme, the company mark all employees first work anniversary with a gift of Leisure Vouchers.

“We chose Leisure Vouchers because the it gives our Nandocas (aka Nando’s employees) a range of options to choose from. Ultimately though, we want to give them the choice to enjoy time out where and when they want, and Leisure Vouchers allow us to do that.

It’s a simple ordering process and Acorne Rewards take care of everything from administration to picking, packing and delivering every single award safely and on time.

Reward Manager, Nando's

Success Stories: Banking

When approached by a major high street bank to provide the rewards for a long service award programme as well as a higher achievers loyalty programme, Acorne used its wide variety of products and services to offer an unrivalled rewards package. Virgin Experience Days provided a number of popular key experiences to share with a friend within the UK as well as European and Long Haul City Breaks.

Employee feedback was incredibly positive with almost 100% saying they felt proud and delighted to have been acknowledged in this way. The flexibility of the scheme was a big hit, with many emphasising ease of booking, personal service, great organisation and adaptability as key benefits of booking their reward through the Acorne team.

HR Manager, Banking

Success Stories: Lloyds Pharmacy

As one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the UK, retaining and attracting the top talent from the industry is important to Lloyds Pharmacy. Long Service Awards form an integral part of their reward & recognition scheme.

As a nationwide chain, with staff located across the UK, the local pharmacy chain needed a reward with nationwide appeal. Leisure Vouchers were the perfect choice with more than 5,000 locations to enjoy spending them, while dealing with Acorne Rewards makes for a convenient order and despatch process.

, Lloyds Pharmacy

Employee Benefits

We all love a bargain, so providing money-saving benefits is an invaluable way to encourage loyalty, wellbeing and great employee relationships. Lifestyle benefits are particularly sought after and Acorne’s portfolio of brands will soon have your affinity scheme bursting at the seams with fantastic discounts.

Success Stories: Virgin Tribe

“Acorne Rewards offer us the best employee benefits on experience days available across the UK. But more than that, including Virgin Experience Days in our offer really helps keep the programme relevant. Many employee benefits can be quite dry, but Virgin Experience Days are always topical and provide great headlines to keep us front of mind.

The Acorne Rewards team will always go that extra mile. We recently ran a joint promotion with Cottages4U, highlighting holiday cottages across the UK and the exciting experience days you could enjoy in each area.”

Manager, Virgin Tribe

Success Stories: Health Service Discounts

“Working with Acorne Rewards makes our life a lot easier. First, the sheer breadth of brands and opportunities available for our members is unrivalled and secondly, they provide customer service and fulfilment support for the Virgin Experience Days and Leisure Vouchers brands we work with, which is a huge time saving for us.”

Account Manager, Health Service Discounts

Success Stories: CSMA Club

CSMA Club is one of the UK’s largest membership organisations, offering a wide range of exclusive benefits to 290,000 members. We carefully select discounts and offers from well-known brands from insurance companies to holidays or simply cutting the cost of your next cinema trip.
“Acorne’s suite of leisure brands offer multiple locations across the UK which really works for our members who are spread throughout the country."

“But more than that, the business team at Acorne constantly keep us up to date with special offers and new products, which in turn help us to keep our schemes current and impactful when talking to members.”

Head of Partnerships, CSMA Club