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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An innovative online used car marketplace created by iVendi and made available to the 4,500 German dealers that use motor finance from Bank Deutsches Kraftfahrzeuggewerbe GmbH has gone live
Called juhu.auto, it is being supported by a major marketing campaign from the Société Générale subsidiary and represents iVendi’s first major international deal.
The marketplace takes a revolutionary new approach to helping buyers find and finance a vehicle through an intelligent search engine that delivers highly targeted, personalised results - based around location as a major factor.
It also uses an API from BDK to enable customers to pre-assess themselves for motor finance, meaning that they can shop for cars with a high degree of confidence.
Dr Hermann Frohnhaus, CEO at BDK, said: “The launch of JuhuAuto marks a milestone in our strategy to support retail partners with effective digital solutions. Our platform provides car dealers with a highly attractive sales channel focused on their specific needs while at the same time delivering an exceptional user experience for car buyers.
“It will, we believe, make a major impact on the dealer motor finance sector and we are looking forward to seeing the results it produces in the months and years to come.”
James Tew, CEO at iVendi, added: “Working closely with BDK, we’ve put all of the expertise that we have gathered in a decade at the leading edge of online motor retail into this platform and are very excited to see it launched.
“The factors that we and BDK believe drive the majority of car purchasing journeys – vehicle, location and affordability – are placed at the centre of the online process that we have created.
“Some of the innovations are simple but produce excellent results – for example, all the models fitting a search are shown on a map – and our trials show they should be highly effective in use for customers.
“Especially, we believe that our new personalisation functionality is an automotive world first. Using data from previous customer activity, it produces more apporiate results. For some people, a search for a ‘fast car’ means an Abarth 500 but for others, it is a Porsche 911. Our technology can decipher this and much more.”
James explained that BDK worked with around a quarter of car dealers in Germany.
“This marks a major step forward for iVendi. While we have been involved with some customers on overseas projects in the past, this is our first major international deal with a significant motor finance provider.
“Working with BDK has been a genuinely exhilarating process. As a business, we have been through the kinds of changes you would expect on a project of this kind – 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.”
Dealers will be provided with a new international version of iVendi’s dealer platform that will enable them to manage regulatory matters alongside finance offers.
James said: “The revised platform positions us very well for other international deals in the future and we are already talking to a number of motor finance providers across Europe abour possible future deals.”
Hamburg-based Bank Deutsches Kraftfahrzeuggewerbe GmbH (BDK) was founded in 2000 and 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, insurance and warranty products, as well as innovative digital services, 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 BDK on +4940 48091-2181 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon Wells at Paperchase Public Relations on 07768 912430 or email@example.com
epyx has launched the 1link Service Network fleet service and maintenance platform in Denmark this week.
Five major leasing companies are planning to adopt the product, which is already used by fleets totalling more than five million vehicles in the UK, France, Portugal, Australia and Ireland.
ALD and NF Fleet will become the first companies to use the platform in Denmark and, in early 2020, will be joined by Alm Brand Leasing, Fleggaard Leasing and Jyske Finans.
A recruitment campaign has been underway for several months to ensure that ALD’s suppliers were ready for launch with over 500 garages already in place and more to follow before the end of 2019.
1link Service Network will be used by ALD to replace their current in-house authorisation system, providing substantial gains in terms of ease of use, reduced administration, accurate invoicing, error reduction, comprehensive reporting and elimination of paper use.
Tim Meadows, commercial directorat epyx, said: “We are very excited to be entering the Danish market and working with both these leading leasing companies and their supplying garages.
“1link Service Network is a well-proven product developed over many years and we are planning to make the launch process as straightforward and simple as possible.
“We have been actively engaging with hundreds of garages to show them the many benefits that the platform provides and the reception that we have received has been very positive.”
A comprehensive support resource for the platform is being provided, including integration into other widely used solutions such as CDK, Semler IT, Datamann and Incadea.
More details can be found by visiting www.1link.com/dk.
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, disposal and relicensing. They have been adopted in the UK by fleets totalling more than five 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 fleetcor.com.
For further details please contact Simon Wells at Paperchase Public Relations on 07768 912430 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.