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.
ARVAL MAKES ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDE AVAILABLE TO ALL FLEETS FOR GREEN GREAT BRITAIN WEEK
An in-depth guide from Arval designed to support development of company car and van best practice is being made available to all businesses during Green Great Britain Week, starting today (October 15).
Normally, the document, ‘Minimising the Environmental Impact of Your Fleet’ is only available to Arval customers as one of more than 100 guides, videos and tools on the leasing company’s Fleet Toolbox, an online resource.
However, for a seven-day period, PDF copies will be provided free to anyone who visits the Green Great Britain page on the Arval website - www.arval.co.uk/green-great-britain-week.
Green Great Britain is a new, annual event created by the Department for Business designed to highlight the opportunities clean growth offers the UK and raise understanding of how business and the public can contribute to tackling climate change.
Shaun Sadlier, Head of Consultancy at Arval, said: “The issues raised by Green Great Britain need to be taken seriously by fleets of all kinds so that they can play their part in ensuring the sustainability of their operations.
“We have developed a wide range of guides and tools for our customers providing a resource they can tap into whenever they want and wherever they are. This information covers a broad range of fleet-relevant topics and environment-related subjects are certainly prominent.”
About Arval UK
Arval UK, part of the Arval Group, is a leader in the provision of vehicle funding and fleet management solutions. Owned by BNP Paribas, with substantial buying power, we have 40 years of industry experience and fund more than 160,000 cars and vans. Focused on service quality, Arval UK is a people-led company, with specialist teams dedicated to businesses from start-ups to FTSE 100 companies. Arval continues to invest significantly in technology to improve fleet efficiency and has a comprehensive range of products and services covering funding solutions including contract hire, vehicle maintenance, fuel management, accident management, breakdown recovery, short and medium term hire, insured lease vehicles, full outsourcing and consultancy services. arval.co.uk
Founded in 1989 and fully owned by BNP Paribas, Arval specialises in full service vehicle leasing. Arval offers its customers – large international corporates, SMEs and professionals – tailored solutions that optimise their employees’ mobility and outsource the risks associated with fleet management. Expert advice and service quality, which are the foundations of Arval’s customer promise, are delivered in 28 countries by over 6,000 employees. Arval’s total leased fleet adds up to 1,000,000 vehicles throughout the world. Arval is a founding member of the Element-Arval Global Alliance, the longest standing strategic alliance in the fleet management industry and the worldwide leader with 3 million vehicles in nearly 50 countries. Within BNP Paribas, Arval belongs to the Retail Banking core activity. www.arval.com
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Independent dealers need new skills to meet customers needs as larger numbers of alternative fuel vehicles make their way onto the used market, says the RAC Dealer Network.
Currently, almost all electric vehicles and a large proportion of hybrids remain within franchise dealer networks but increasing volumes mean that more will soon be found at independents, said Sean Kent, Sales Director at the RAC Dealer Network, which partners with The Warranty Group, now part of Assurant.
He said: “AFVs still account for just a small part of the car parc. Even today, they represent only about 5% of new car sales. However, their numbers will inevitably increase, perhaps quite quickly, and more will be seen in all areas of the used car market from family hatchbacks to SUVs and executive cars.
“To date, our experience is that independent dealers have tended to largely stay away from these vehicles, with the exception of a few well-established models such as the Toyota Prius, because they hold a perception that consumers don’t understand them and demand is low.
“What is likely to soon happen, though, is that we will see greater interest on the part of used car buyers in this type of vehicle thanks to wider acceptance and visibility – and dealers need to be ready to meet their needs.”
An important first step, Sean said, was to ensure that sales staff had a good understanding of the different types of AFV technology and could identify how they could meet the requirements of individual customers.
“If someone walks into a showroom and wants an AFV, then the dealer must be able to talk them through the available options and the practicalities. Do your sales staff know the pros and cons of different types of hybrid, for example? Could they explain the charging process for an EV and how charging points can be found? Do they know the emissions standards for their local Clean Air Zone?
“We are at a point where independent dealers will soon need to have these skills simply in order to meet the requirements of the market and, in turn, ensure their own future survival and prosperity. This is not a subject that they can afford to ignore.”
Sean added that the RAC Dealer Network provided a wide range of support services of this type to its 1,350 dealers through The Engine, its centralised sales and marketing hub.
“We see delivering information that has a genuine commercial value as a key part of our role within the RAC Dealer Network and AFVs are certainly a subject that is on our radar in terms of providing future advice and guidance to dealers.”
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