Paperchase Public Relations

 is the company of Simon Wells.


Company introduction

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.

Press Releases

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 growth of medium term rental across the fleet sector is helping to create a “spectrum of acquisition methods”, says Meridian Vehicle Solutions.

Phil Jerome, managing director, said that the product was becoming established as a bridge between traditional daily rental and longer term solutions such as leasing and purchase.

“Fleets have customarily been faced with a choice between acquisition methods that are designed to provide vehicles for days and weeks or for several years. There has been a very obvious gap that was not easily filled, except by expensive options such as pool fleets.

“The emergence of medium-term rental has started to change that picture and fleets are now looking at a spectrum of acquisition methods, with the new option spanning the gap between the two extremes. They can choose the product that fits their current requirement with a much higher degree of exactitude both operationally and economically.”

Meridian provides medium term contracts to fleets for periods of 3-12 months, with monthly lease rates comparable to long term contract hire and leasing. All cars are supplied new in a matter of days and delivered directly from the franchise dealer.

Phil said: “What we have seen over the last year is a much higher level of awareness of medium term rental and the number of vehicles we have on rent has doubled overall. Fleets are simply becoming more aware of the product and more comfortable with using it.

“There are many different but common fleet situations when medium term rental makes sense as the obvious acquisition method. These can range from providing cars for employees during their probationary periods through to meeting the requirements of short term contracts.

“We even see some fleets using medium term rental on a rolling basis because they don’t want to commit to longer term contracts or simply like changing cars frequently.”

Phil added that the company expected to see interest in medium term rental increase over the next year, building on the advances that had been made over the last 12 months.

“The challenge for us is in making fleet managers conscious of medium term rental and then getting them to try it. Once they recognise it as an established product and have experienced its advantages, it soon becomes part of their established fleet armoury.”

About Meridian Vehicle Solutions

Based in Elstree, Hertfordshire, Meridian was created in 2016 to provide short to medium term contracts for immediate delivery to fleets whose requirement is for premium and semi-premium models for periods of fewer than six months. All cars are supplied new and pricing is designed to be competitive when compared to longer term leasing rates.

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epyx has created a used car engagement team as the number of dealers utilising its 1link Disposal Network platform to acquire stock continues to grow.

Mark Davis has been named as Senior Online Engagement Manager and Lauren Clifford as Online Engagement Manager for the platform, which is used for remarketing by several major fleets.

Vicky Gardner, Head of Remarketing at epyx, explained that 1link Disposal Network was seeing an increase in its buyer base among franchise dealers, independents and car supermarkets.

She said: “We saw substantial growth for the platform last year with the buyer base increasing by 23% and the volume of vehicles sold rising by 15%. This has continued into 2019.

“To capitalise on this success, the new engagement team has been created both to help existing customers get the most out of 1link Disposal Network and to increase new customer penetration.

“While these are new roles for Mark and Lauren, both are longstanding members of the 1link Disposal Network department at epyx and have in-depth knowledge of the remarketing sector.”

Vicky added that car supermarkets would be especially targeted by the engagement team given their current level of growth and need for high quality stock.

“It appears to us that car supermarkets and 1link Disposal Network are very well-matched. Our proposition is based on providing top grade, well-priced stock from reputable fleets using technology to make the purchasing process as easy as possible.

“This very much fits in with the business model of most of the major car supermarkets and we are already having productive conversations with some of the most well-known and respected.”

The creation of the engagement team is part of a restructuring of the 1link Disposal Network department at epyx to incorporate the existing settlement and claims functions. 

Vicky said: “The whole team is growing alongside the platform and we have made some changes designed to deliver a much enhanced level of support for our customers.”

epyx’s 1link Disposal Network is one of the longest-established sources of trade stock in the UK, offering a large selection of cars and vans from leasing companies, motor manufacturers and more.


CAPTION: epyx’s entire 1link Disposal Network department including the new integration team.

Back Row: Mark Davis, Senior Online Engagement Manager; Gemma Cleaver, Remarketing Development Manager; Max Goldsmith, Remarketing Development Executive; Tori Smart, Trade Sales Executive; Vicky Gardner, Head of Remarketing; Kate Frawley, Remarketing Executive; Carla Maclaren, Trade Sales Executive; Andrew Gale, Marketing Manager; Ian McFarlane - Online Remarketing Manager.

Front Row: Lauren Clifford, Online Engagement Manager; Sophie Morris, Trade Sales Executive; Lauren Walters, Online Early Life Manager; Stephanie Pilkington, Trade Sales Executive; Alice Beaven, Trade Sales Executive.


About epyx

epyx specialises in e-commerce solutions for the automotive sector. Its best-known products are the 1link platforms, which improve the efficiency of major fleets and their suppliers, covering functions including vehicle procurement, maintenance, hire, remarketing and relicensing. They have been adopted by fleets totalling more than four million vehicles, around 18,000 service providers, and nearly all motor manufacturers on behalf of their franchise networks.

epyx is owned by FLEETCOR Technologies.



FLEETCOR Technologies is a leading global provider of commercial payment solutions. The company helps businesses of all sizes better control, simplify and secure payment of their fuel, toll, lodging and general payables. With its proprietary payment networks, FLEETCOR provides affiliated merchants with incremental sales and loyalty. FLEETCOR serves businesses, partners and merchants in North America, Latin America, Europe and Australasia. For more information, visit

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