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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Online motor finance market leader iVendi is reporting that 37% of its dealer users are still utilising the Windows 7 operating system in the week that Microsoft withdraws support for the product.
Because official security updates will no longer be issued by Microsoft, this leaves consumer data potentially very vulnerable to attack through viruses and malware, explained James Tew, CEO at the online motor finance market leader.
He said: “We have several thousanddealerships using our products in the UK, providing a good cross-section across franchises, independents and car supermarkets so our figure is, we believe, probably broadly representative of the total market.
“While this doesn’t affect the data security of our online motor retail products, which run within a browser environment, we can track which version of Windows is installed on each PC used to access our systems from our data analytics.
“The 37% we have recorded over the last 28 days looks like a surprisingly high percentage. There is no doubt that it means that a substantial number of dealers are creating a situation where any consumer data stored on their hardware – for example, in a spreadsheet - will become more exposed to cyber attack with all the potential problems that may bring, ranging from legal issues to reputational damage.
“Essentially, if a security vulnerability is exposed in Windows 7 in the future, which is relatively likely because the technology is now quite old, no patches will be made available to resolve the problem. In IT terms, it’s a leaky boat that is only going to take on more water as time passes.
“We’d urge dealers to seriously consider upgrading to a newer operating system. Microsoft is advising people to adopt Windows 10, which can be done at a reasonable cost and, as long as your hardware is capable of running it, this seems like the simplest route to resolving the problem.”
James said it was important to consider why so many dealer users were still on Windows 7 – and that the answer was that their choices were sometimes limited.
“There is no doubt that some users will have stayed on Windows 7 because it was easier and cheaper than upgrading. They have just taken the path of least resistance.
“However, we believe that quite a number have stayed with the old technology because they are operating a variety of legacy systems that do not work on newer versions of Windows.
“These dealers face a difficult decision. They may have to update not just Windows but change a range of software that they need to operate their business.”
iVendi was operating an open door policy for dealers who needed advice about the best way to move off Windows 7 in order to protect consumer data.
“We are strongly advising dealers to take action and, where possible, will help them to make the transition to a newer system and ensure that their consumer data is stored in a secure manner.”
Founded in 2009, iVendi can credibly claim to be the market leader in online motor retail technology both in the UK and internationally. With a modular product range which engages consumers, converts buyers and manages transactions, iVendi technology interacts with around five million consumers every month and thousands of motor retailers, manufacturers and finance providers. iVendi has offices in Manchester and Colwyn Bay.
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