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.
LATEST Press Releases
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Van warranty sales increased by almost half across RAC Dealer Network in 2019, new figures show
Van warranty sales increased by almost half across the RAC Dealer Network in 2019, rising by 49.5% to 27,698, according to figures released today.
Over the same period, the number of specialist van retailers who were part of the network also jumped by 87.5% – from 40 to 75.
Sean Kent, RAC sales director at Assurant, the Fortune 500 company which partners with the RAC in providing and administering warranties and related solutions, explained that van sales had been identified as growing opportunity for the RAC Dealer Network.
“We have been working hard to recruit specialist van dealers and help them to build a used vehicle proposition that meets the needs of their customers while positively differentiating them from their competitors, and the new figures show this strategy is delivering on those requirements.
“Used van dealers and their customers have quite specific needs. If anything, the warranty provided with a used van is more important than with a car – the owner relies on their vehicle as part of their work – and the standard warranties offered by dealers are often longer on vans while the propensity of customers to upgrade to longer or more comprehensive cover is also higher.
“We are finding that our products, and the support we offer in terms of marketing and training, are working very well when it comes to helping van dealers to maximise the potential of their warranty offering, protecting customers while enhancing the opportunity to grow their business. The figures we are releasing underline this.”
Part of the RAC Dealer Network’s activity within the van sector in 2019 was the launch in September of a new RAC Approved Dealer standard for used vans and other light commercial vehicles.
Sean said: “The new standard is designed for van dealers who want to take a step further forward from being a member of the RAC Dealer Network and join our Approved Dealer initiative, which has operated very successfully for used cars for several years. It creates a nationwide approved used van programme commensurate with the values of the RAC brand, with all of the benefits that brings for both customers and retailers.
“It is very much a new kind of proposition in this sector where, outside of franchise dealer networks, there are few retailers with the kind of consumer brand recognition and product range that the RAC can deliver. We’re already seeing substantial interest and success, and we expect this programme to have a further impact on the the number of warranties for vans we sell in 2020.”
Overall in 2019, including used car dealers, the RAC Dealer Network added 358 dealers for a total of 1,400 and overall warranty sales increased by 6%.
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Notes to Editors
Our dedicated line for journalists is +44 (0)1454 664 123. Please note: the press office is unable to help with individual customer enquiries - please visit the RAC contacts page for the right number to call.
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About the RAC
The RAC provides complete peace of mind to 12m UK private and business drivers, whatever their motoring needs. Its services include:
- Breakdown assistance.Its highly-skilled, 1,600-strong branded patrol workforce attends more than two million breakdowns every year, fixing on average four out of five vehicles at the roadside.The RAC’s patrol fleet is one of the most advanced in the world, and was the first to roll out both an All-Wheels-Up recovery system, allowing the vast majority of vehicles to be recovered from a single patrol van, and EV Boostmobile electric vehicle charging units
- Insurance. The RAC is a top-five car insurancebroker having surpassed the 500,000 policies-in-force milestone in 2018. It also offers ‘black box’ telematics policies, as well as home and travel insurance
- Other motoring services.The RAC leads in the development of new solutions for business, fleets, electric vehicles and future car technology. Its additional products and services includea personal loans offering, a used car buying website, vehicle inspections and checks, legal services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information. It also has a network of Approved Dealers and Approved Garages
The RAC also works to support the interests of its members and UK drivers on the most important motoring issues which it identifies via the annual RAC Report on Motoringand the RAC Opinion Panel. The Report on Motoring is the longest running analysis of driver opinion in the UK having been published every year since 1989.
For more information about the RAC, visit the RAC website.
Assurant, Inc. is a leading global provider of lifestyle and housing solutions that support, protect and connect major consumer purchases. Anticipating the evolving needs of consumers, Assurant partners with the world’s leading brands to develop innovative products and services and to deliver an enhanced customer experience. A Fortune 500 company with a presence in 21 countries, Assurant offers mobile device solutions; extended service contracts; vehicle protection services; pre-funded funeral insurance; renters insurance and lender-placed homeowners insurance. The Assurant Foundation strengthens communities by supporting charitable partners that help protect where people live and can thrive, connect with local resources, inspire inclusion and prepare leaders of the future. Learn more at assurant.comor on Twitter @AssurantNews.
25th February 2020
Industry-wide discussions on EV finance needed following 2035 announcement, says Startline
Industry-wide discussions on used electric vehicle finance are needed following the Government’s proclamation on a 2035 deadline for stopping petrol, diesel and hybrid sales, says Startline Motor Finance.
Major questions remain around the funding of EVs on the used market, said CEO Paul Burgess, and the announcement created a new degree of impetus towards resolving them.
“It’s fair to say that the used car motor finance sector has been aware of the structural problems around used EV funding for a while but we believed that more time was available to work our way through them. The new announcement moves the point of action much closer.
“Like most other motor finance providers, we have been looking at the challenges around constructing EV funding products. These range from the fact that predicting RVs remains much more difficult than for petrol and diesel cars through to the question of the battery as an asset.
“The current situation, where there are very few companies currently willing to provide finance for used EVs – and that even some of those are having the business underwritten by manufacturers – illustrates the difficulty of solving these problems.”
Paul said that having a properly functioning used car market and accompanying motor finance was essential to the success of EVs in the medium and long term.
“The Government announcement means that, within less than a generation, we will all be EV drivers, so finding viable finance products is crucial but the current models we use for petrol, diesel and hybrid don’t really work, at least at the moment.
“Our view is that no single motor finance company is likely to solve this issue by themselves and there needs to be industrywide discussion and co-operation in order to deliver the required innovations.”
It was certainly possible, Paul added, that manufacturers played a greater part in the funding of used EVs than had been seen in the traditional motor finance market.
“It’s been suggested that manufacturers show their faith in the product by underwriting the battery while motor finance companies fund the car, and this is certainly one option that could help to create more affordable products.
“However, there are any number of potential solutions. What the Government has done with the 2035 announcement is to make talking about those possibilities much more urgent.”
Based in Glasgow, Startline specialises in a near-prime approach to motor finance and offers both HP and PCP products. It now employs 130 people and works with around 50% of the UK’s top 50 dealers when measure by turnover.
About Startline Motor Finance
Startline Motor Finance provides motor finance solutions to UK motor dealers with an accent on customer service and high levels of compliance. Run by a highly experienced motor finance team, the business is headquartered in Glasgow with a sales presence throughout the whole of the UK.
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Two appointments have been made this week to the software development team at fleet management software specialist FleetCheck.
Simon Kelly has been named asIT team leader. He has an 18-year track record in the IT sector and will line manage the core software team of three developers and one tester, reporting to IT director Neil Avent.
His role will include facilitating collaboration and communication with other teams within the company, leading the prioritisation of projects, and assisting the compliance manager with technological aspects of information and data security in line with ISO 27001 and GDPR.
Also, Fola Ayeni has been named as software tester. She has been working in IT for five years and her responsibilities include ensuring test coverage of all aspects of the software, as well as creating test plans specific to current projects.
Peter Golding, managing director at FleetCheck, said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Simon and Fola on board. We have grown rapidly over the last couple of years, reaching our 1,000thcustomer in January and averaging about 50% annual growth.
“We have extensive and exciting product plans for 2020 and further into the future, and the extra development capacity and expertise these new appointments are providing is crucial to our ambitions.”
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 1,000 businesses totalling in excess of 100,000 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