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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Warranty becoming more decisive element as dealers look to online sales to restart market, says RAC Dealer Network
Warranties are set to become a more decisive element in the used car and van sectors as dealers look to online and click-and-collect models to restart the market, says the RAC Dealer Network.
Sean Kent, RAC director of sales at Assurant, which partners with the RAC in the aftersales sector, said that when it came to any form of remote vehicle retail, the warranty could play a key role in reinforcing consumer confidence.
“Someone making a major purchase online, such as a vehicle, wants to have the reassurance that they’ll be protected if something goes wrong and this is where a high quality warranty from a well-known provider becomes so important.
“We’ve been doing a lot of work with the RAC Dealer Network over recent weeks, paving the way for a resumption of online sales and deliveries, and one of the crucial factors we’ve been discussing is how to create a high level of peace of mind for the customer.
“When someone is sitting at home buying a car or van during lockdown entirely from their smartphone or tablet, the warranty becomes a crucial element in the sale.”
A series of workshops have now been completed for the 1,500 members of the RAC Dealer Network that included extensive guidance on web sales, while all marketing assets available to dealers to help them maximise the presence of the RAC brand have been refreshed to support website, online advertising and social media activity.
Sean continued: “When your website becomes your showroom, there are a whole new series of factors to consider, from constructing your online customer journey to ensuring you are complying with distance selling legislation. To support our dealers with optimising their online showrooms, we provide a range of digital assets that help maximise the use of the RAC brand and the credibility it provides.
“Our teams have also been working closely with members, helping them to plan for what the current and post-lockdown used car and van markets might look like, including how their propositions may need to change.
“One noteworthy trend that was emerging before lockdown and which we believe will now gain further momentum, is towards longer warranties, with many of our dealers moving from a standard three to six months, or from six to 12.”
Sean added that general communications from warranty customers, repairers and dealers had remained relatively high during the crisis so far and that, while used car and van sales had been low, it was a major misconception to view the sector as inactive.
“Even ahead of the additional activity we expect to now see from online sales, we’ve been processing claims and spending a lot of time and effort on making sure that our business operates as normal under crisis conditions. A substantial proportion of our network is now open for business.
“When it comes to warranties, our approach has been to ensure that there is no customer detriment resulting from the lockdown, so we are committed to considering all relevant claims regardless of the plan or the policy’s expiration date.
“For example, we will not decline any claims due to lack of a service history which occurred during lockdown or any drive-on damage which happened during lockdown for essential use. Our aim is to be as fair as possible.”
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About the RAC
The RAC provides complete peace of mind to 12m UK private and business drivers, whatever their motoring needs. Its services include:
- Breakdown assistance. Its highly-skilled, 1,600-strong branded patrol workforce attends more than two million breakdowns every year, fixing on average four out of five vehicles at the roadside. The RAC’s patrol fleet is one of the most advanced in the world, and was the first to roll out both an All-Wheels-Up recovery system, allowing the vast majority of vehicles to be recovered from a single patrol van, and EV Boost mobile electric vehicle charging units
- Insurance. The RAC is a top-five car insurance broker having surpassed the 500,000 policies-in-force milestone in 2018. It also offers ‘black box’ telematics policies, as well as home and travel insurance
- Other motoring services. The RAC leads in the development of new solutions for business, fleets, electric vehicles and future car technology. Its additional products and services include a personal loans offering, a used car buying website, vehicle inspections and checks, legal services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information. It also has a network of Approved Dealers and Approved Garages
The RAC also works to support the interests of its members and UK drivers on the most important motoring issues which it identifies via the annual RAC Report on Motoring and the RAC Opinion Panel. The Report on Motoring is the longest running analysis of driver opinion in the UK having been published every year since 1989.
For more information about the RAC, visit the RAC website.
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