Simon is one of Britain's leading independent PR advisors.
Bringing a wealth of experience to the role spanning more than 25 years, he began his career as a journalist and editor on major news and business to business publications. After moving into PR, he now works with everyone from the world's largest multinationals to ambitious start-ups - and companies of every size in-between.
Simon is the founder and managing director of Paperchase.
His approach to PR has always been driven purely by results - and he achieves these by consistently adopting an approach which is as proactive as it is innovative. In short, he keeps the aims of his clients and the requirements of journalists - be they broadcast, print or online - at the heart of this process.
Simon has worked with companies operating in most sectors: from manufacturing to public services and retail to professional services. In addition, he is acknowledged to have industry-leading expertise in the automotive sector. Simon's detailed knowledge of the issues and personalities driving both the motor trade and fleet industries are widely recognised to be second to none.
But quite apart from advising hundreds of companies worldwide on their PR strategies, he has also been involved in his own successful business start-ups. Consequently, he brings great strategic knowledge to his role which reaches well beyond the boundaries of PR and general marketing. As a result, he is often used by clients as a source of business advice and ideas.
Current and past Paperchase clients include GE Capital, Glass’s Guide, Arval, RAC, epyx, iVendi, Microban, Chevin Fleet Solutions, Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association, The Warranty Group, AA Tyre Fit, TLS Vehicle Rental, CFC Solutions, Holland and Barrett, Churchill Tableware and Pinewood Computer Solutions.
Here, you will find testimonials from clients and a selection of recent press releases, social media activity and more.
Current and previous clients include
Simon has a relationship with epyx that dates back almost two decades and, during that time, has played a key part in shaping the positive perception of the company across the motor industry.
Dal Dosanjh Head of marketing communications.
As a business, we have been bringing a new and innovative proposition to the motor finance sector, and Simon’s help has been invaluable in communicating that message to the market.
Paul Burgess CEO, Startline Motor Finance
We’ve worked closely with Simon almost since the inception of the company and he has greatly helped us to define the iVendi's identity as we have evolved to become the market leader in online motor retail.
James Tew CEO.
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Evaluation tools that help fleet managers and their drivers assess the suitability of electric vehicles for their specific needs could become central to wider adoption, believes FleetCheck.
Peter Golding, managing director at the fleet software specialist, says that some quite rudimentary products are already available but that they need to become much more thorough and accurate to help speed up acceptance.
He said: “Assessing whether a driver should be provided with an EV as a company car involves some quite complex decisions involving each individual driver’s access to charging, and how their commute and daily work journeys match up with the available range.
“This is not necessarily the easiest task and getting these kinds of calculations wrong could potentially have not just a negative impact on individual cars and drivers but on wider corporate perception of EVs.
“As fleets start to adopt these cars, their acceptance is very much going to be based on how they are rated by the earlier adopters in each company. If you have a handful of drivers who end up spending a lot of time in motorway service stations because their car doesn’t have the range they need, it is likely to affect EV adoption right across your organisation.”
Peter said that the basic evaluation tools that had been made available so far were a step in the right direction but that more sophisticated solutions were sorely needed.
“We hope to soon see assessment products that, for example, will incorporate telematics data from individual driver journey patterns over time that can tell them whether a specific EV with a certain range is likely to meet their requirements. It might even do this using information about the geographical distribution of specific charging points.
“Our view of the EV situation is that it is all about making adoption as easy as possible, so technology of this kind should be a definite priority. Really, all a driver or a fleet manager wants is a yes or no answer to the question of whether a specific EV will work for them.”
He added that the increasing availability of mainstream EV models that offered a variety of price and range options would only add to the demand for these kinds of tools.
“The forthcoming Volkswagen ID 3, as an example, will be available with three different battery packs of 45, 58 and 77kWh, offering different ranges of between 205 and 342 miles.
“In some respects, this is nothing new. Most EVs available to fleets so far have offered a variety of range and price options but, to date, this has had a limited impact because there have simply been very low numbers in operation. However, vehicles such as the ID 3 look set to change that. This is a genuine mass market vehicle designed to be sold to almost any existing Golf customer.
“This means that the whole range issue comes into much sharper focus, especially related to the quite widely differing price points at which each battery option will be sold and how these will affect their presence at certain levels on choice lists.
“These are factors that fleets are going to have to learn to incorporate into their decision making and it will probably not be that simple to achieve. Technology that makes the process easier will be essential and we are looking to support our clients in this area.”
Based in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, FleetCheck is one of the UK’s leading fleet software and management specialists. Established in 2006, it now has a customer base of more than 800 businesses totalling around 80,000 vehicles using its suite of advanced fleet software solutions, which place an accent on ease of use and effectiveness. The company also offers a range of additional service including telematics, risk management, driver training, licence checking, fleet documentation, fleet policy creation and strategy implementation.
More details can be found at fleetcheck.co.uk.
For further details, please contact Simon Wells at Paperchase Public Relations:
- 07768 912 430
INTEREST IN FIXED COST MOTOR INSURANCE FROM FLEETS GROWING AS VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY PUSHES PREMIUMS HIGHER
Interest in fixed cost motor insurance from fleets is growing, reports Arval UK, as newer vehicle technology starts to push premiums higher.
The company points to a report from the Association of British Insurers that states claims repair costs in the first quarter of this year were £1.2 billion - the highest on record.
According to the ABI, this rise is being fuelled by new technology now being fitted to cars that inflate repair costs, such as ADAS devices and sophisticated headlight designs.
Ian Pearson, Head of Insurance at Arval UK, said: “There is little question that the advanced equipment being fitted as standard to even mainstream vehicles is having an impact on repair costs which, in turn, is starting to have an effect on premiums.
“While we are in favour of the fitting of most of these devices, which are generally designed to promote safety, they do make the repair process more expensive in terms of both parts and the time taken to fit them.”
The situation is having an impact even on fleets that employ advanced and successful risk management strategies, and consequently enjoy low accident rates.
“There are fleets that work very hard at controlling their risk and have improved safety and reduced their premiums as a result but even they can have little influence over repair costs,” Ian added. “Of course, those fleets that already have a poor claims record are being even more adversely affected.”
There is a high degree of interest in fixed price insurance that can be bought with any Arval leased vehicle.
Ian explained: “A couple of years ago, we introduced Arval Total Care which is a package of services providing an insured leased vehicle and this can be added to any new or used vehicle that is leased from us.
“It is, to the best of our knowledge, entirely unlike any other provision for fleet motor insurance because it is incorporated into the monthly payment for the lease and fixed for the length of the contract.
“By combining Arval Total Care with Arval’s Accident Management service we are able to take control of costs relating to both pricing and repairs while positively impacting on vehicle downtime, resulting in a reduction in overall fleet costs.”
Ian said that Arval believes that this kind of product is coming into its own in the current climate and could form a blueprint for a new fleet approach to insured vehicles.
“Certainly, we are seeing interest from fleets growing in Arval Total Care. It does mean a shift from the normal fleet insurance mindset but there are a whole range of advantages to securing cover in this way.
“It is our belief that it represents something of an innovation and that other companies in the sector may soon start to offer something similar.”
About Arval UK
Arval UK, part of the Arval Company, is a leading provider of vehicle funding, fleet management and mobility solutions. Owned by BNP Paribas, with substantial buying power, Arval funds more than 165,000 cars and vans in the UK. Focused on customer experience, Arval UK has specialist teams dedicated to supporting broad range of customers including individuals and small businesses with a single vehicle, through to FTSE 100 companies with thousands. Arval provides a comprehensive range of products and services including vehicle funding, vehicle maintenance, fuel management, accident management, breakdown recovery, short and medium term hire, insured lease vehicles, full outsourcing salary exchange and consultancy services. arval.co.uk
Founded in 1989 and fully owned by BNP Paribas, Arval specialises in full service vehicle leasing. Arval offers its customers – large international corporates, SMEs and professionals – tailored solutions that optimise their employees’ mobility and outsource the risks associated with fleet management. More recently, Arval expanded its customer segments to individuals. Expert advice and service quality, which are the foundations of Arval’s customer promise, are delivered in 29 countries by around 7,000 employees. Arval’s total leased fleet adds up to 1,193,910 vehicles throughout the world (December 2018).
Arval is a founding member of the Element-Arval Global Alliance, the longest standing strategic alliance in the fleet management industry and the worldwide leader with 3 million vehicles in 50 countries. Within BNP Paribas, Arval belongs to the Retail Banking core activity.
About BNP Paribas:
In the UK, the BNP Paribas Group is formed of 10 businesses and employs more than 9,000 people across 21 core locations. These businesses include Corporate & Institutional Banking, Exane BNP Paribas, Leasing Solutions, Arval, Real Estate (including Strutt & Parker acquired in September 2017), Asset Management, Cardif Pinnacle, Commercial Finance, Personal Finance and Vauxhall Finance. Around half of its employees are in Corporate & Institutional Banking, based in London, while the others are based in various offices across the country, including Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, and Manchester. BNP Paribas employs more than 1,000 people in the West Midlands. www.bnpparibas.co.uk
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