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 an excellent grasp of the issues affecting our industry and is able to take those messages to the media in a very effective manner.
Ian Simpson Automotive Managing Director.
The Warranty Group
As a relatively new business, we are very keen to take our message to market and make it heard by the right people. Simon has helped us identify what is newsworthy about Startline and made sure that we gained coverage in the right media.
Paul Burgess CEO, Startline Motor Finance
As a relatively new company, we have been very keen to make some noise about our products and capabilities, and Simon has played a key role in helping to establish us as a credible voice in the marketplace.
James Tew CEO.
The latest news and releases from Paperchase PR
Below are recent press releases from Paperchase Public Relations. Please click on the headline to download.
The increasing popularity of SUVs is creating a range of issues for businesses running company vehicles, says fleet software specialist FleetCheck.
Compared to the equivalent cars on which they are based, SUVs are almost always bigger and heavier, and therefore used more fuel and produce more CO2.
Peter Golding, managing director at FleetCheck, said: “The rise of SUVs in recent years has been rapid and, in many ways, a medium sized, two wheel drive SUV has become the default family car choice. Drivers very much like them.
“However, there is no denying that this popularity comes at a price. It is almost unavoidable that these vehicles are less efficient than a saloon or a hatchback.
“For fleets trying to hit CO2 and MPG targets, this presents a very real problem. It is interesting to note that when the SMMT reported on total car sales for 2017, it stated that global CO2 in the UK had increased for the first time in many, many years - and the rise of SUVs was seen as one of the factors behind this.”
Peter said that the issue facing fleets was whether to accept driver demand for SUVs or insist that they must meet the same criteria as cars when constructing choice lists.
“The whole situation is difficult for fleets and the final outcome probably lies in the role that your company car scheme plays in employee attraction and recruitment.
“In situations where HR considerations are given more weight than cost or environmental factors, then SUVs are likely to start appearing on your fleets in greater numbers.”
Peter added that, to some extent, the CO2 figures associated with SUVs meant that the situation was often self-policing but that FleetCheck’s experience was that many drivers were willing to take a taxation “hit” in order to get the car they wanted.
“Driving an SUV will probably mean that you find yourself being charged more benefit-in-kind taxation and, for some drivers, this is enough to keep them in a company car.
“However, there are many others who will pay the additional tax in order to drive an SUV and they are the ones who really present the problem for fleets. There is no way that you can add these vehicles to your choice lists without fuel costs and CO2 output rising.”
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 700 businesses totalling around 65,000 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