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.
Enhanced level of information security for fleets promised by new FleetCheck certification
An enhanced level of information security for fleets is being promised by a new certification received by FleetCheck.
The fleet software specialist now holds ISO 27001, the internationally recognised information security standard, which specifies and audits processes that are intended to bring information security under clear and unambiguous management control.
Peter Golding, managing director at FleetCheck, said: “The nature of the services we provide, which quite often include personal details and other sensitive data, means that information security is a subject that we take very seriously.
“Over the last year especially, we have been increasingly working with a number of major industry bodies and larger fleets, and they rightly demand the highest level of compliance in this area.
“Achieving ISO 27001 provides a strong baseline standard and, alongside the other measures we are undertaking, means that our rapidly-growing client base can rest assured that their information is protected with very high levels of control, auditing and security.”
FleetCheck has signed up more than 200 new customers so far in 2018, bringing the total ro more than 800. The number of fleets using its software has also risen by more than 15,000 to around 80,000.
Additionally, earlier this year, a new FleetCheck regional office was opened in Doncaster to serve the company’s user base of larger commercial vehicles, which is becoming increasingly focused in the North of England.
Based in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, FleetCheck is one of the UK’s leading fleet software and management specialists. Established in 2006, it now has a customer base of more than 800 businesses totalling around 80,000 vehicles using its suite of advanced fleet software solutions, which place an accent on ease of use and effectiveness. The company also offers a range of additional service including telematics, risk management, driver training, licence checking, fleet documentation, fleet policy creation and strategy implementation.
More details can be found at fleetcheck.co.uk.
For further details, please contact Simon Wells at Paperchase Public Relations:
07768 912 430
ARVAL AIMS TO ADD 10 NEW COMPANY CARS TO CUTTING EDGE HYDROGEN TRIAL THANKS TO OPENING OF REFUELLING STATION
Arval is aiming to add 10 new company cars to a cutting edge hydrogen trial with the opening of a second refuelling station near to its head office.
The fleet management and leasing specialist is taking part in a project called the Hydrogen Hub, which aims to show the viability of fuel cell technology across a range of domestic, commercial and transport applications in the Swindon area.
With the trial now a little over a year old, Arval has been leading the car stream, with six company cars from Hyundai and Toyota in operation for The Science Museum, Nationwide Building Society, Johnson Matthey and Arval itself.
The new hydrogen station has been opened at the offices of Johnson Matthey, an international company which manufactures fuel cell components, and joins the original Swindon site at the nearby Honda car production plant.
Paul Marchment, SME Development Manager at Arval, who is overseeing the trial, said: “It is difficult to overstate the importance of having a second refuelling facility locally. For fleets, it simply makes taking on vehicles more viable.
“The reasons for this are simple. Firstly, if one hydrogen station is unavailable, there is another to use, so the cars can continue to operate. Secondly, it increases convenience and the sense that the hydrogen fuelling network is growing.”
Paul said that the additional 10 cars Arval was aiming to place would be both with businesses already operating hydrogen cars and those looking to take their first.
“To some extent, we are limited by the availability of vehicles. Opening a new station is a strong signal to the manufacturers involved that Arval, and fleets based in Swindon, are serious about hydrogen as a fuel of the future, which should help us attract better supply.
“There are a number of new models coming to the market in the next year, including perhaps a van for the first time, so it really feels as though the whole subject of hydrogen vehicles is gaining momentum at the moment.”
Arval is chair of the Hydrogen Hub’s Car Working Group and is central to a range of projects designed to look at the practicalities of operating hydrogen vehicles; information which it can then pass onto its customers.
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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