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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7 July 2020
53% increase in online motor finance applications since just before lockdown, iVendi reports
There has been a 53% increase in the number of motor finance applications made online since just before lockdown, iVendi reports.
This figure is based on transactions made through the online motor retail specialist’s platform since the beginning of March through to the end of June.
James Tew, CEO, said that the increase showed how quickly dealers across the UK had switched their business models to digital-first as they emerged from lockdown.
“Clearly, the retail motor sector has undertaken an heroic and successful scramble to move from their old model to the new norm of online-with-reserve-and-collect in a matter of weeks. These figures show the extent of that change.
“We believe that around one in four car, van and motorcycle buyers are now applying for finance online, which shows the speed of digitisation. Essentially, these customers have entirely chosen and financed their vehicle online. It’s a major shift.”
He explained that the safety measures imposed on dealers because of coronavirus meant that the ongoing trend towards online vehicle purchasing had jumped forward.
“I’ve heard it suggested more than once that the coronavirus crisis has pushed forward the digitisation of the motor industry by five years, including motor retail, and that seems like a fair assessment to us.
“Certainly, we are seeing the creation of a large group of consumers who are becoming habitualised to the idea of buying a car entirely online in a manner that they wouldn’t previously have considered.
“Our view is that, once a vaccine or other advance is implemented, there will be some people who want to go back to buying a car in the showroom. However, for others, the change to thinking of car buying as an online activity will be permanent.”
The shift had created a high degree of interest in online motor retail solutions in recent months, James added, with dealers looking to increase their capabilities.
“The truth is that there is a degree of confusion in the market. There remains a very wide gap between the best and worst dealers when it comes to online retail, with the latter now racing to catch up in the shortest viable period of time.
“Those who want to quickly digitise their businesses are prone to error – they are attempting to condense a purchasing process over which they would ordinarily take months into a matter of days. What we have been trying to do is listen to what they are trying to achieve and provide the most effective solution as quickly as possible.”
Since the start of 2020, iVendi has launched three new products – ENGAGE, CONVERT and TRANSACT - that together form a comprehensive online motor retail journey for all vehicle retailers from small dealers to multi-national businesses.
James said: “It’s been an odd moment to be bringing products to market but also, in some repects, a fortuitous one. We’ve been introducing the very latest motor retail technology at a point in time when interest has been very high.”
Founded in 2009, iVendi is 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. The company has offices in Manchester and Colwyn Bay.
For further details, please contact Simon Wells at Paperchase Public Relations on 07768 912430 or email@example.com
7th July 2020
Data dashboard free trial provided to “help fleets emerging from lockdown”
A free trial of a recently-launched car, van and truck data dashboard from PVS Group is being provided to “help fleets emerging from lockdown”
e-Data Integrity was introduced in early 2020, is already being used by fleets totalling more than 12,000 vehicles, and will be supplied to the first five fleets to get in touch.
Managing director Marcus Puddy explained that the product had a high degree of relevance to the current moment: “The conversations we are having with businesses as they start to work within the ‘new normal’ is that they want to gain an accurate picture of their current fleet in order to set a benchmark against which they can make the changes they need.
“Clearly, fleets are under all kinds of pressures right now, the most acute being to cut costs, and the dashboard enables them to easily identify areas where expenditure can be better controlled at everything from a corporate level drilling right down to individuals. This could cover anything from fuel to tyres and servicing to accident management.
“It’s very much the kind of service that will steer them through this moment and that’s why we have decided to provide five free trials during July to help fleets emerging from lockdown. It’s a gesture of goodwill at a time when things are tough for almost everyone.”
e-Data Integrity’s key innovation, Marcus added, was that it could gather data from all of a fleet’s suppliers in one place including leasing companies, hire suppliers, service and maintenance organisations, fuel card providers, telematics organisations and more.
“Data dashboards for fleets are nothing new but they have tended to work for just one source of information, such as your leasing company, but this is a much more wide-ranging, holistic solution. The customers we have attracted so far have tended to fit a profile where they use a number of leasing companies, service and maintenance suppliers, and even telematics providers. e-Data Integrity enables them to centralise everything and then present the consolidated information using easy-to-understand visual displays.
“We also work hard to make assembling the data as easy as possible. If fleets give us authorisation to access information from their partners, we do the rest and can have the dashboard up and running in a matter of days in most instances.”
Fleets interested in obtaining e-Data Integrity free of charge should e-mail Marcus Puddy at firstname.lastname@example.org. A copy will be given to the first five to get in touch.
About PVS Group
Founded in 2015 by Marcus Puddy and based in Bridgwater, Somerset, PVS Group consists of four businesses – PVS Innovation, PVS Fleet, PVS Development and PVS Finance – that together provide an integrated approach to all aspects of vehicle management and employ more than 20 people across a wide range of fleet disciplines. The company’s customers operate more than 23,500 cars, vans and trucks in total.
More details can be found at pvsgroupuk.com.
For further details about this press release, please contact Simon Wells at Paperchase Public Relations:
The intention of UK businesses to adopt the three main kinds of electrified vehicles has risen rapidly in the last 12 months, according to authoritative new research.
The results show dramatic increases in businesses which report either already using, or are considering to use battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and hybrids, according to the Arval Mobility Observatory report, which gains insight from 5,600 businesses across Europe.
Now, more than half (53%) of UK businesses say that they are already running battery electric vehicles or plan to do so in the next three years, contrasting with 41% answering the same question in 2019.
When it comes to plug-in hybrids, the figures were 63% now against 46% last year – the largest increase seen for any type of EV – and 64% compared to 53% for hybrids.
Shaun Sadlier, Head of Arval Mobility Observatory in the UK, said: “These results show just how much additional impetus now exists behind the adoption of electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and hybrids among UK fleets at this moment compared to just 12 months ago.
“We have been saying for some time that 2020 would very much be the year during which electric power takes off for fleets and these findings show that fleets agree with those sentiments. There has been a very noticeable acceleration.
“The reasons for this are, we believe, quite clear. The tax incentives now available for company car drivers, especially the zero per cent benefit-in-kind rate for the 2020-21 tax year for battery electric vehicles, is a huge attraction.
“Also we are in the process of seeing a dramatic expansion in the choice of EVs available, especially among battery electric vehicles. Over the course of this year, the number of models available will go from a handful to dozens, with better representation across all segments and price points.
“Finally, while there is still work to be done, the charging infrastructure across the UK is growing all the time, providing reassurance to drivers and their employers that these vehicles can be used practically on a day-to-day basis.”
Shaun said it was interesting to note that many businesses with which Arval worked in the UK were now planning to move straight from petrol and diesel cars to battery electric alternatives.
“A couple of years ago, the received wisdom in the market was that both types of hybrid would probably serve as a transitional technology. Instead, the perceived hurdles to battery electric adoption have reduced to a point where they can meet the needs of a wide variety of drivers, while it has become recognised that hybrids and plug-in hybrids have their own applications.
“Indeed, a lot of the work currently being carried out at Arval is helping businesses to create new choice lists that provide drivers with relevant options for all the main types of power.”
Among the following alternative fuel technologies, which ones do you use or are considering using in the next three years?
Plug-in hybrids Hybrids Battery electric vehicles
2020 63% (25%) 64% (29%) 53% (16%)
2019 46% (22%) 53% (25%) 41% (16%)
2018 46% (22%) 53% (25%) 42% (14%)
Main figure shows total of both businesses operating vehicles and planning to adopt in the next three years. Figure in brackets show those that have already adopted.
About the Arval Mobility Observatory
Arval Mobility Observatory is widely recognised as one of the most authoritative research and industry information exchange platforms in the fleet and mobility sector. Each year since 2002, a highly detailed series of questions has provided a comprehensive examination of trends in the UK and Europe.
For 2020, 5,600 separate and detailed interviews were carried out in 20 countries with managers responsible for fleet and mobility decision making in a wide range of organisations, ranging in size from just one vehicle to thousands of cars and vans. The scope, which has been extended this year, includes most of the European and Scandinavian countries (Austria, Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, UK, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden) plus the important fleet markets of Russia, Turkey and Brazil.
About Arval UK
Arval UK, part of the Arval Company, is a leading provider of vehicle funding, fleet management and mobility solutions. Owned by BNP Paribas, with substantial buying power, Arval funds more than 170,000 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
Arval specialises in full service vehicle leasing and new mobility solutions, leasing 1.3 million vehicles globally by the end of December 2019. Every day, more than 7,000 Arval employees in 30 countries offer flexible solutions to make journeys seamless and sustainable for its customers, which range from large international corporates to smaller companies and individual retail clients.
Arval is a founding member of the Element-Arval Global Alliance, a worldwide leader in the fleet management industry, with 3 million vehicles in 50 countries. Arval was founded in 1989 and is fully owned by BNP Paribas, within the Group, Arval sits within its Retail Banking & Services division.
About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 71 countries, with more than 199,000 employees, of which more than 151,000 in Europe. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets and International Financial Services (whose retail-banking networks and financial services are covered by Retail Banking & Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking, which serves two client franchises: corporate clients and institutional investors. The Group helps all its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporates and institutional clients) to realise their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the European leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail-banking model in Mediterranean countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.
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