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.
The latest news and releases from Paperchase PR
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Technicians and sales people head the list of company drivers whose cars and vans are being fitted with telematics devices, according to authoritative new results from Arval Mobility Observatory’s 2019 Barometer.
The finding comes from the 2019 edition of the independent study, which covers 3,930 organisations and asks a wide ranging set of questions about fleet and mobility trends.
When asked about which drivers had telematics equipment fitted to their vehicles, respondents said engineers (54%), sales people (30%), perk car drivers (28%) and delivery drivers (28%) while 43% accounted for “others”.
The research also looked at the differences between company size when it came to telematics adoption, showing that penetration in larger organisations is much higher. In total, 47% of businesses with more than 1,000 employees are using telematics, compared to 45% of 100-999 employees, 39% of 10-99 employees and just 3% with fewer than 10 employees.
Finally, the Arval Mobility Observatory research looked at differences between company car and LCVs in why businesses adopted telematics but found few differences. For both, the top three responses were to locate vehicles (car 49%, LCV 56%), to improve driver behaviour (car 41%, LCV 44%) and to improve driver safety (car 33%, LCV 35%).
Shaun Sadlier, Head of Arval Mobility Observatory in the UK, said: “Falling costs, easier implementation and overall effectiveness have all seen a dramatic increase in telematics adoption in recent years. However, there is limited information available about how this technology is being used. Our findings therefore make interesting reading.
“Firstly, looking at the types of driver for whom telematics is being used, it makes sense that engineers, sales people and delivery drivers are all in the top five – these are job roles where employees spend a lot of time on the road on their own but where journey and vehicle efficiency are crucial. Telematics provides information that can be proactively used to increase effectiveness and also driver safety.
“What is more interesting is to see that 28% of perk car drivers are using telematics and this does show how managers believe that the technology should be adopted widely across their fleets.
“The differences in adoption between smaller and larger fleets are also fascinating. The gap between big organisations of more than 1,000 employees where penetration of telematics is almost half, compared to very few of the smallest businesses, shows that the industry could certainly do more to promote the benefits of the technology to SMEs. This a market where considerable potential remains.
“Finally, the fact that differences in reasons for adopting telematics between cars and LCVs are relatively minor is consistent with our day-to-day experience in working with fleets. This is technology that provides clear and obvious benefits and these remain the same whatever the type of vehicle being operated.”
Percentage of companies using telematics?
All Fewer than 10-99 100-999 More than 1000
10 employees employees employees employees
30% 3% 39% 45% 47%
Driver categories fitted with telematics?
Sales person 30%
Perk car drivers 28%
Delivery drivers 28%
What are the main reasons you use telematics in your company?
Locate vehicles 56% 49%
Improve driver behaviour 44% 41%
Improve driver safety 35% 33%
Reduce fleet costs 21% 21%
Optimise journeys 12% 22%
Enabling drivers to make informed decisions 11% 10%
About the Arval Mobility Observatory
Arval Mobility Observatory is the new name for the company’s long-established Corporate Vehicle Observatory Barometer, widely recognised as one of the most authoritative pieces of research carried out in the fleet and mobility sector. Each year, a highly detailed series of questions provide a comprehensive examination of trends in the UK and across Europe.
For 2019, 3,930 separate and detailed interviews were carried out with managers responsible for fleet and mobility decision making, ranging in size from just one vehicle to thousands of cars and vans.
About Arval UK
Arval UK, part of the Arval company, 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. More recently, Arval expanded its customer segments to individuals. Expert advice and service quality, which are the foundations of Arval’s customer promise, are delivered in 29 countries by around 7,000 employees. Arval’s total leased fleet adds up to 1,193,910 vehicles throughout the world (December 2018).
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 50 countries. Within BNP Paribas, Arval belongs to the Retail Banking core activity.
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