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
Below are recent press releases from Paperchase Public Relations. Please click on the headline to download.
Rapid growth over the last year is seeing Startline Motor Finance move into larger offices this month.
At 7,500 square feet, the new premises – still within Glasgow’s Skypark development - are around two-and-a-half times larger than the company’s previous headquarters.
Startline now has 85 employees and in the last few months has appointed its first Head of IT and Digital and first Head of Business Intelligence, alongside a range of other new roles.
CEO Paul Burgess explained that the additional space should see Startline through its next phase of development.
He said: “The last 12 months have been transformative for the company. We are now working with a wider variety of dealer groups and online portals, giving us access to many more potential customers.
“Also, we have extended our product range beyond our core hire purchase product to add PCP and Finishline, which is designed to extend the reach of our flexible prime concept.
“Looking into 2019, we foresee further, similar growth and the new move gives us the space and the physical infrastructure to enter that phase of development.”
Since being established five years ago, Startline has been a pioneer in the motor finance sector, specialising in products that are designed to be used when a mainstream prime lender rejects an applicant.
Paul said: “It makes no sense and is unfair that buyers who fall slightly below prime lender requirements very often end up using a sub-prime offer. There should be other options.
“We believe that, with a shifting social and economic landscape signifying changes in home ownership and employment patterns, that a move towards products like Finishline makes absolute sense and, if the economy continues to falter, will be even more relevant.
“What we do at Startline is treat the applicant as an individual. Of course, we have some hard lending rules but in areas where other lenders take a black-and-white approach, we will take a look at the applicant in more detail. Finishline is a continuation of this approach and its success over the last year is a good indication of the validity of our approach.”
Gregor Sutherland (left) and Paul Burgess
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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