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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Coronavirus crisis creating “advance or consolidate” moment for fleets, says FleetCheck
The coronavirus crisis is creating an “advance or consolidate” moment for fleets when it comes to their planning for the future, says FleetCheck.
The fleet software specialist says that two schools of thought appear to be emerging – to push forward with plans for strategies such as electrification and adoption of mobility solutions, or to dig in and make the most of existing resources.
Peter Golding, managing director, explained: “With the coronavirus crisis now in its sixth month, we are starting to see some strong indications of how fleets are planning to approach the next few months as well as into 2021 and beyond.
“It’s an interesting moment because the current situation, while obviously dreadful in most respects, has created time and space for fleets to think and to consider ideas that might once might have been considered too radical to be practical.
“There appears to be a split on whether to advance or consolidate. Some fleets are very much doubling down on their strategies for the future, especially around electrification, with some businesses looking to accelerate adoption, and push forward in areas such as EV-based salary sacrifice and handling increased amounts of grey fleet activity.
“The other main approach appears to be to work to contain costs and maximise efficiency as much as possible through sweating existing assets and refining current processes.
“Of course, the difference between these two contrasting lines of thought is very often cash. Businesses that want to undertake radical change need to be free to make investments to see them through while those that are facing tougher times are under pressure to make the most of what they already have.”
Peter said that there was reason to believe that this divide might persist as different parts of the economy were likely to experience very different speeds of recovery.
“Fleets in sectors that are currently doing well – such as delivery companies and online retail – will be able to afford to invest in the future. Those operating in areas such as overseas tourism and hospitality face very different prospects.
“It’s not inconceivable that, in a couple of years, we will see that some fleets have rapidly moved forward and are almost fully electrified while others will have not had the resources to advance much beyond their current situation. How many will fall into one camp and how many into the other will generally depend on their individual rates of recovery.”
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
17th September 2020
NOTIONS THAT COMPANY CAR IS IN POTENTIAL DECLINE MUST BE CORRECTED, SAYS ASSOCIATION OF FLEET PROFESSIONALS
Notions that the company car is in potential decline because of the effects of the coronavirus crisis must be corrected, says the Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP).
Paul Hollick, AFP chair, said that reports that a few drivers were opting out of their vehicles because of the growth of video conferencing were probably accurate but that the bigger picture was much more complex - and that overall fleet numbers could even be growing.
“It seems likely that we are going to see a degree of permanent structural change about how some functions go about their business. Sales and account management are probably the most obvious examples. The traditional, face-to-face manner of the monthly account management meeting is likely to be consigned to history in favour of Zoom or Teams.
“However, that only concerns a relatively small part of the company car parc. All the other reasons that cars are operated by employers– from job need to human resources considerations – remain in place. The company car remains a highly effective tool for businesses and, in many instances, the only viable transport option. While mileage for some may be reduced in the future, the journeys that they make are still important.
“Also, while there are reasons why some employers might be reducing their company car numbers, there are other pressures creating growth. For example, consider the drive for electrification. Many employers are now committed, at a corporate level, to changing as much as possible of the transport on which they depend to EVs. They know that drivers who give up their company car for a cash option are overwhelmingly likely to choose an older, more polluting model. There are strong CSR reasons for retaining company cars.”
Paul said that there were also credible grounds to expect growth in other forms of employer-based car provision that were effectively an extension of the formal fleet.
“There are a couple of big stories here. The first is cash allowance drivers looking to opt back into company car schemes thanks to the 0% benefit-in-kind rate for EVs introduced at the start of the current tax year. This is proving a very attractive option.
“The same tax situation is also prompting a dramatic increase in salary sacrifice schemes. We believe these types of initiatives will gain much greater traction in the near future. Additionally, there are signs that affinity leasing schemes are gaining in popularity.
“We also believe there will be a dramatic increase in grey fleet management. Driving this trend is reticence on the part of employees to use public transport because of the risk of infection and choosing to use their own vehicle instead. Of course, employers bear almost as a great a responsibility for grey fleet use in legal terms as for company cars and employee-owned equivalents need to be closely monitored, especially in terms of risk.
“Finally, in terms of wider fleet management, demand for van provision is booming within fleets, largely because of the growth of online shopping and other home-based services in the wake of coronavirus. Even while car use may be reduced, vans are ever-more critical.”
Paul said that it was important that the fleet sector, as a whole, resisted the emergence of any emerging narrative that the company car was in potential decline.
“I’ve worked in fleet for many years and one thing that I have found occasionally frustrating is that fleet managers could do more to promote their own, often significant contribution to the organisations for which they work. That does need to change and, in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, they should underline the benefits of company cars and vans, as well as the effectiveness of the profession of fleet management in general terms.
“The fact is that very few businesses could survive without access to road transport, whatever form it takes, and the current situation hasn’t changed that core fact.
The AFP was formed in March 2020, from the merging of the Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO) and the Institute of Car Fleet Management (ICFM).
Paul added: “The ongoing discussion around company cars and fleet management in the era of coronavirus is exactly the kind of subject that the AFP was formed to tackle. We are working hard with our members on new strategies to handle emerging situations, as well as widely sharing pertinent new information and developing best practice.
“We are also determined to speak with one voice as an industry in promoting the overwhelming advantages of professional fleet management at this point in time.”
Notes to Editors:
The Association of Fleet Professionals is the organisation for fleet professionals.
It brings together ACFO, a non-profit making organisation representing the interests of businesses which operate cars and vans as part of their normal commercial activities; and ICFM (the Institute of Car Fleet Management), the UK’s only independent not-for-profit organisation dedicated to furthering the education, recognising the achievements, and advancing the profession of car and light commercial fleet management.
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Simon Wells at Paperchase Public Relations on 07768 912430 or email@example.com.