Creative

One-stop creative
and food solutions

Results Driven

We are results driven

Transparent

We are transparent
and reliable

About Acacia

Acacia Holdings was created in November 2014 through the merger of Swan Creative and Peppercorn Food Solutions.

Who We Are

We are a talented group of results-driven specialists who share values, vision and goals. We are consistent, transparent and above all reliable. We always do what we say we will, we never cut corners or compromise on quality.

What We Do

We are a one-stop creative and food solutions business, developing a wide range of end-to-end services for a broad range of industry sectors. We are passionate about delivering outstanding service to our clients, enabling them to grow their business through our unique blend of skills and services.

Our Companies

The balance of our skills and services enables our clients to deal with one company for multiple business solutions and projects, saving time and money whilst getting real, measurable results.

Swan Creative Logo

Swan Creative is an agency with specialisms in end-to-end brand development, web and marketing solutions for businesses across all sectors.

Whether you need a new brand identity, positioning, a new website built/rebuilt or marketing materials to bring in new customers, our expertise will make your business stand out above your competitors.

Our teams ensure your company’s identity is positioned in line with your values and communicated via a variety of online and offline tools.

We specialise in bespoke web design with tailor-written content using your brand messaging and tone from our team of experts.

We provide online marketing support to get your message across via digital and social media, email campaigns and other viral initiatives to get the maximum exposure your company deserves.

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Peppercorn Logo

Peppercorn is the one-stop shop solution for the Food & Beverage industry. With 50 years of experience we know what works, what doesn't and understand the complex processes involved in building a successful food business.

We offer end-to-end solutions whether your needs are concept creation, kitchen design, building menu architecture, interior design and layouts through to on site training and menu specifications.

We can provide all or some of these specialisms and passionately believe that providing multiple solutions delivers, enhanced speed to market, consistency and value for our clients, enabling their business to grow through our skills and experience.

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Allergen Advice

Allergen Advice offers consultation and advisory services to the food and beverage industry in regards to the new EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC).

We have an allergen database of more than 18,000 ingredients to ensure your company adheres to the regulations and can produce supporting material to present to customers should they have an allergy that needs to be addressed.

The balance of our skills and services allow our clients to deal with one single company for multiple business solutions and projects, saving time and money whilst ensuring you’re compliant with an ever changing legislation.

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Our Values

  • We are results driven
  • Transparent and reliable
  • Respectful of our clients
  • Outstanding service delivery
  • We do what we say
  • Supportive of each other

The Touch Point Solution

The balance of our skills and services allow our clients to deal with one company for multiple solutions. This saves time, money and energy, which ultimately means better results. Many of our clients use the breadth of our skills to gain buy-in for projects with multiple senior stakeholders across their company.

We have the ability to reach out to these touch points and manage any internal challenges our clients may have, professionally and efficiently.

Acacia Touch Point Triangle

Our work has taken us all over the world

The Founders

Gary Henderson

Gary Henderson

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
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A seasoned hospitality leader with extensive experience in global corporations. He has developed restaurant concepts in 20 countries. Customer experience and satisfaction are at the heart of everything he does.

Gary began his career in the hotel industry in the mid-1980s, before joining Allied Domecq as a trainee pub manager, moving through its ranks into Area Management. He progressed to Head of Concept Development for Eldridge Pope before joining Merlin Entertainments in 2003 holding a number of senior positions before becoming Global Food and Beverage Director in 2009. Gary left Merlin in 2014 to lead the merger of Peppercorn and Swan.

During his career, Gary has formed and led teams to achieve outstanding financial and customer satisfaction results through implementing strategies, structures, and processes that grow sales and profit.

Paul Hope

Paul Hope

Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
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Paul’s expertise lies in both design and branding, his career has expanded across a diverse range of creative roles from creative designer, to studio manager, then art director. He has the vision and experience to create and develop multiple brands with strategic precision.

He built his career at leading national agencies before moving on to support Jeff in creating Swan Graphic Arts, whose diverse range of blue chip clients spanned across the retail and business to consumer (B2C) industries. Swan Graphic Arts then evolved into Swan Creative, leading with more brand focus and design reach, winning projects from Virgin Active, Butlins to Old el Paso and Merlin Entertainments where he met Gary and Lee.

Swan Creative have worked on many online and offline branding projects and embraced the digital arena, which has further expanded Paul’s expertise, building an in-depth knowledge of digital environments from brand strategy, design, print, and marketing to website design and innovation.

Jeff Nash

Jeff Nash

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
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Jeff is an executive decision maker, he leads the financial, strategic and corporate direction of our companies. He balances solid financial rigour whilst allowing our teams the freedom to innovate, flourish and deliver the creative visions that underpins everything we do.

Jeff’s career began in the creative industries for a range of companies as a compositor, then later to a camera operator and typesetter. He moved into graphic design and photographic services at Parker Baines in London, working on campaigns for clients including Allied Carpets, B&Q and Wickes. This paved the way for him to found Swan in 1994, producing nationwide media for Powerhouse.

In 2002, Swan became a full advertising agency and five years later, it was approached by Merlin to become the preferred supplier of food and beverage signage across the UK which then extended into Europe.

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Lee Edwards

Managing Director (MD)
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Lee’s experience in the Food & Beverage sector means he understands the challenges facing hospitality businesses every day. He has the creative vision to tell a brand story whilst making sure all stakeholders are aligned for the journey.

Lee learnt his trade in branded and unbranded restaurants with Allied Domecq, where he served as both area chef then progressed to responsibility for national openings.

He then moved on to become Food Development Manager for Eldridge Pope, responsible for Food Development across 133 UK sites. Lee then joined Merlin as Global Food Development Manager where he was also responsible for planning the food propositions for new hotels and theme parks globally along with playing a key role in the removal of high street brands through the creation of in house concepts.

Lee left Merlin in May 2014 to fulfill a long held ambition to run his own company. After just six highly successful months, he was approached to merge his business with Swan Creative to form Acacia Holdings.

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