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.
BELIEF THAT ELECTRIC VEHICLES ARE UNSUITABLE FOR HIGH MILEAGES NEEDS TO BE OVERTURNED, SAYS ARVAL
A persistent belief that pure electric vehicles are only suitable for low annual mileage needs to be overturned, says Arval.
The vehicle leasing company says that the applications for which EVs are appropriate depend much more on the daily driving profile of each driver.
Shaun Sadlier, Head of Consulting, said: “This is a myth that we hear regularly – that if you cover more than a few thousand miles a year, EVs should be taken off the table as a choice.
“This argument is really an extension of range anxiety, the idea that because an EV has a limited range and takes time to recharge, that it cannot cover a longer distance annually.”
However, Shaun says, the real world suitability of EVs depends much more on the range of a particular model and each driver’s actual needs on a day-by-day basis.
“If you look at a driver who covers 25,000 miles a year, towards the upper end of the typical fleet spectrum, then the suitability of an EV rests entirely on their daily mileage.
“If that driver covers 246 miles, twice a week, for 46 weeks of the year, then an EV is probably not for them. They are exceeding or getting close to the maximum range of even the best EVs that are now available on the market.
“However, if they drive 110 miles, five days a week, for 46 weeks of the year and this mileage pattern is very predictable, then an EV could absolutely be suitable because it is well within the range for most models and the car can be recharged overnight.”
Shaun added that there was an argument that the financial model of EVs meant that the higher the mileage the more cost effective an EV becomes.
“Most EVs have a relatively high monthly rental but a low per mile operating cost when compared to a comparative ICE model, so the more miles you cover, the more attractive they become from a whole life cost point of view.
“Once this is pointed out to fleets, you can see a kind of light bulb moment occurring. They realise that EVs are not just for short trips around cities, for example. It is, from our point of view, a myth that very much needs to be challenged in order to increase EV adoption.”
About Arval UK
Arval UK, part of the Arval Group, is a leading provider of vehicle funding, fleet management and mobility solutions. Owned by BNP Paribas, with substantial buying power, Arval funds more than 165,000 cars and vans in the UK. Focused on customer experience, Arval UK has specialist teams dedicated to supporting broad range of customers including individuals and small businesses with a single vehicle, through to FTSE 100 companies with thousands. Arval provides a comprehensive range of products and services including vehicle funding, vehicle maintenance, fuel management, accident management, breakdown recovery, short and medium term hire, insured lease vehicles, full outsourcing salary exchange 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 - professionals, SMEs and large international corporates - tailored solutions that optimise their employee's mobility and outsource the risks associated with fleet management. Expert advice and service quality, which are at the foundations of Arval's customer promise, are delivered in 29 countries by over 6,500 employees. Arval's total leased fleet adds up to 1,103,835 vehicles throughout the world (December 2017). Within BNP Paribas, Arval belongs to the Retail Banking core activity. www.arval.com
About BNP Paribas:
In the UK, the BNP Paribas Group is formed of 10 businesses and employs more than 9,000 people across 21 core locations. These businesses include Corporate & Institutional Banking, Exane BNP Paribas, Leasing Solutions, Arval, Real Estate (including Strutt & Parker acquired in September 2017), Asset Management, Cardif Pinnacle, Commercial Finance, Personal Finance and Vauxhall Finance. Around half of its employees are in Corporate & Institutional Banking, based in London, while the others are based in various offices across the country, including Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, and Manchester. BNP Paribas employs more than 1,000 people in the West Midlands. www.bnpparibas.co.uk
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15 January 2019
Acceptance of online multi-lender motor finance tools growing, reports iVendi
Acceptance of online multi-lender motor finance quotation tools is growing as finance providers and used car dealers increasingly recognise their benefits, says iVendi.
The key factor, points out the online motor retail specialist, is that customers have been conditioned to expect comparisons within almost every online finance product market and do not see motor finance as any different.
Richard Tavernor, COO at iVendi, said: “The argument against multi-lender solutions from lenders themselves is a simple one – that you have a captive customer within an online retail process and there is no benefit in providing choice.
“However, this ignores the expectations of customers in 2019. They are highly habitualised to using online comparison tools for a range of finance products from car insurance to mortgages. Not having that choice means they are more likely to start shopping around than if you do not give them wider options.”
He added that iVendi regularly saw evidence that suggested multi-lender scenarios helped to drive overall levels of online motor finance penetration.
“Customers are more confident about continuing with their motor finance application if they believe they have been given viable choices from different providers.”
There were other benefits that resulted from multi-lender comparisons, such as increasing brand awareness, Richard added.
iVendi’s motor finance solutions are accessed by more than three million consumers every month.
Founded in 2009, iVendi makes e-commerce solutions that make vehicle selling easier for dealers, vehicle buying easier for buyers, and vehicle finance easier for all. With offices in Manchester and Colwyn Bay and products connected to more than 7,000 dealer locations in the UK, iVendi believes in innovating to deliver results.
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