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
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An overall 13% increase in warranty sales by unit has been recorded by the RAC Dealer Network for 2018.
The rise was the fifth year in succession that the network, which now numbers 1,360 dealers, has seen double digit growth.
Sean Kent, sales director at the RAC Dealer Network, which partners with Assurant in the warranties and aftersales sector, explained that the increase had been powered by a number of factors including a generally buoyant used car market, higher consumer interest in longer and more comprehensive cover, growth in the number of dealers in the network, enhanced product support and development, and higher sales of warranties at larger dealers.
He said: “This was a strong year for the used car sector overall and we have benefited from that trend but there are some interesting narratives emerging behind this increase.
“Perhaps the most notable is that at larger dealers, especially car supermarkets, we are seeing a faster churn of stock. This is happening because high trade prices are prompting dealers to sell more units in a shorter time, leading to more warranty sales resulting from the standard cover provided with every car and van.
“Another important reason for the increase has simply been that the network has grown – we have added 80 members so far this year – while we have also introduced several successful initiatives designed to help all of our dealers to increase warranty penetration.
“Finally, we are seeing consumers looking for greater protection as a result of economic uncertainty. This tends to lead to used vehicle buyers seeking longer and more comprehensive warranties.”
Sean said that a large amount of effort had gone into supporting the RAC Dealer Network with the right warranties for the 2018 market alongside enhanced training and marketing support.
“We have created products such as our Platinum Plus that are a response to greater car buyer demand for more comprehensive warranties and have backed up these developments with the marketing resources needed to really drive higher sales.
“All of this is underlined, of course, by the strength of the RAC brand, which continues to be a major differentiator and key advantage in this sector. In a market where there are no brands with real consumer recognition, seeing the RAC name on a warranty has genuine value.”
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Simon Wells at Paperchase PR on 07768 912430
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About the RAC
First formed in 1897 the RAC has been looking after the needs of its members and championing the interests of motorists for 120 years.
Today it has more than eight million members and is one of the UK’s most progressive motoring organisations, providing services for both private and business motorists. Whether it's roadside assistance, insurance, buying a used car, vehicle inspections and checks, legal services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information – the RAC offers a solution for all motoring needs. The RAC is committed to making motoring easier, safer, more affordable and more enjoyable for drivers and road users.
The RAC is the motorist’s champion and campaigns to support the interests of its members and UK motorists at a national level. This includes voicing concerns about the increasing cost of motoring, particularly the price of fuel and the high level of tax levied on it, advancing levels of road safety, and supporting the needs of all drivers, from young to old.
The RAC’s annual Report on Motoring– first published in 1989 – provides a clear insight into the concerns and issues facing today’s motorists.
For the very latest news on UK fuel prices, check RAC Fuel Watchor follow #racfuelwatch on Twitter. RAC Fuel Watch is a comprehensive guide to the latest UK unleaded petrol and diesel prices – both at the wholesale level and at the pump. RAC Fuel Watch analyses how prices changed through the previous month and compares the most recent prices with those from three, six and 12 months before.
- RAC patrols fix four out of five vehicles at the roadside and on average within 30minutes
- RAC vans carry more than 500 parts and tools to get members’ vehicles going again
- 92% of members would recommend RAC Rescue to their friends and family
RAC press releases, news alerts and a wealth of motoring research is available from the RAC press centre.
Assurant, Inc. (NYSE: AIZ) is a global provider of risk management solutions, protecting where consumers live and the goods they buy. A Fortune 500 company, Assurant focuses on the housing and lifestyle markets, and is among the market leaders in mobile device protection and related services; extended service contracts; vehicle protection products; pre-funded funeral insurance; renters insurance and lender-placed homeowners insurance. Assurant has a market presence in 21 countries, while its Assurant Foundation works to support and improve communities. Learn more at assurant.com or on Twitter @AssurantNews.
5 February 2019
iVendi signs its first major international deal with Société Générale subsidiary BDK
iVendi has signed its first major international deal - with Société Générale subsidiary, Bank Deutsches Kraftfahrzeuggewerbe GmbH (BDK), an automotive bank serving around a quarter of car dealers in Germany.
iVendi’s technology will provide a complete online marketplace with motor finance pre-approval open to all 4,500dealers who use BDK for motor finance.
A new search function, believed to be among the most sophisticated available anywhere, provides intuitive results based on vehicle, payment and locality. All results are shown on a map, providing maximum visibility for the customer.
BDK is one of the leading motor finance providers in Germany and offers a wide product range including dealer financing, retail loan and retail leasing business for new and used cars as well as innovative insurance and warranty products.
James Tew, CEO at iVendi, said: “This marks a major step forward for iVendi. While we have worked with some customers on overseas projects in the past, this is our first major international deal with a significant motor finance provider.
“Talking to BDK about this project has been a genuinely exhilarating process. As a business, we have been through the kind of changes you would expect – modifying our products to deal with the needs of a new market – but we have also been stretched and inspired by the customer to deliver a much enhanced solution.
“It will, we believe, make a major impact on the German dealer motor finance sector. We are looking forward to seeing the results it produces in real word conditions.”
Dr Hermann Frohnhaus, CEO at BDK, said: “We are very excited to be working on this project with iVendi andwere attracted to forming a partnership with them based on their passion, knowledge and insight. Our new online market place will provide car dealers a highly attractive sales channel focused on their specific needs, while at the same time standing out with an exceptional user experience for car buyers. ”
The new dealer platform is set to be delivered across BDK’s dealers later in 2019 and James said that, strategically, iVendi was aiming to use the momentum from the BDK deal to create a strong presence across other major markets in the EU.
“BDK have massive credibility and are widely respected in the European motor finance sector, so to be working with them in this way can only open doors for us.”
Hamburg-based Bank Deutsches Kraftfahrzeuggewerbe GmbH (BDK) was founded in 2000and has been part of Societe Generale since 2001. As a non-captive bank, BDK is a specialised financial service provider for the car financing business.
With a wide product range including dealer financing, retail loan and retail leasing business for new and used cars as well as innovative insurance and warranty products, BDK supports car dealers in terms of being independent and increasing their return on sales.
Founded in 2009, iVendi makes e-commerce solutions that make vehicle selling easier for dealers, vehicle buying easier for buyers, and vehicle finance easier for all. With offices in Manchester and Colwyn Bay and products connected to more than 7,000 dealer locations in the UK, iVendi believes in innovating to deliver results.
For further details, please contact:
Matthias Mies at BD on 040 48091-2181 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon Wells at Paperchase Public Relations on 07768 912430 or email@example.com