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.
Genuine online car buyers live an average of three times closer to the dealership than those who are just using the web to “window shop”, new research shows.
Analysis of car buying patterns from data held by iVendi shows that the average online car buyer’s address is 32 miles from the dealership, compared to an average of 99 miles for all visitors who have looked at the same dealer’s stock online.
Rob Severs, VP data and insight, said: “One of the areas in which we are doing a lot of work at the moment is in collecting data about online activity and assessing which parts of it are genuinely useful to dealers.
“This information about distance is a good example. While the online geographical footprint of each dealer will be different, it shows that there is a general catchment area in which casual shoppers are more serious about purchasing.
“In a nutshell, if you know where your geographical sweet spot is, you’ll have a better idea of the propensity to buy. The casual shopper who looks at full page adverts on your website from 200 miles away may still be a serious buyer but it is less likely.”
Rob said that iVendi was building up a range of data indicators such as this that were of genuine use to dealers.
“A lot of the traditional online measurements used by dealers are what you might call ‘vanity metrics – they show that you might be generating a lot of traffic but do not tell you their real business value.
“What we are doing is instead building up a set of metrics that are more useful in business terms – that help dealers sell more cars, more finance and more added value products. It is that simple.”
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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epyx is set to expand its industry standard 1link Service Network e-commerce platform into Ireland this year.
The platform is already used in the UK, France, Portugal and Australia to handle service and maintenance needs by vehicle fleets operating more than four million vehicles buying from almost 30,000 franchise dealers, independent garages and fast-fits.
Tim Meadows, commercial director at epyx, explained that the move into Ireland was a logical next step as 1link was already supporting fleets in Northern Ireland.
He said: “Expanding 1link into Ireland is very much something that has been done to meet a need that has been expressed by major fleets who operate vehicles there.
“During the second half of 2017, we put key infrastructure in place and the platform is now ready, taking into consideration local regulations including taxation and vehicle roadworthiness.
“Within the next couple of months, everything should be in place and it is very much our intention to hit the ground running.”
Tim added that epyx was also in the process of recruiting a supplier network, a key task for the launch of 1link Service Network.
“We already have commitment from a number of important suppliers but remain very much open to speaking to others who would like to be part of the platform as we move towards our launch phase.
“Our approach in each new territory is to learn about how fleets and their suppliers operate locally, and we are getting up to speed on these nuances in Ireland.”
1link Service Network is used by major fleets to buy service and maintenance from suppliers, with an online process designed to provide complete overall control, minimising cost and eliminating errors while maximising processing efficiencies.
epyx specialises in e-commerce solutions for the automotive sector. Its best-known products are the 1link platforms, which improve the efficiency of major fleets and their suppliers, covering functions including vehicle procurement, maintenance, hire, disposal and relicensing. They have been adopted by fleets totalling more than three million vehicles, around 18,000 service providers, and nearly all motor manufacturers on behalf of their franchise networks.
epyx is owned by FLEETCOR Technologies.
FLEETCOR Technologies is a leading global provider of commercial payment solutions. The company helps businesses of all sizes better control, simplify and secure payment of their fuel, toll, lodging and general payables. With its proprietary payment networks, FLEETCOR provides affiliated merchants with incremental sales and loyalty. FLEETCOR serves businesses, partners and merchants in North America, Latin America, Europe and Australasia. For more information, visit fleetcor.com.
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A new compliance manager has been appointed by fleet management software specialist FleetCheck ahead of the implementation of the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in May.
Sue O’Connell has extensive experience in software testing and compliance, most notably as senior product consultant at corporate documentation company PleaseTech, where she was in charge of unit, user acceptance, stress and performance testing.
She said: “The processes in place at FleetCheck are already very robust, so we expect meeting the needs of GDPR will be a relatively straightforward task.
“Currently, we are undertaking in-depth risk analysis so that we can highlight areas which need to be addressed, altering policies and procedures as necessary in good time for May.”
Sue will also be helping FleetCheck work towards the ISO27001 information security standard, which specifies and audits processes that are intended to bring information security under clear and unambiguous management control.
She said: “There is an increasing focus on data security among fleets and other partners of all sizes and gaining ISO27001 will enable us to prove very robust levels of compliance.”
The General Data Protection Regulations will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) in May. This European legislation is designed to unify the separate EU member states’ regulations and to give people living in the EU more control over their personal data.
Fundamentally, GDPR is similar to the Data Protection Act but there is a higher degree of emphasis on accountability and transparency, and businesses – including those operating fleets - must demonstrate robust audit trails for compliance and decision making.
The new law also comes with significant penalties, with much wider scope than the Data Protection Act - for data processors as well as data controllers. Ultimately, companies can be fined up to 4% of their worldwide turnover.
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 600 businesses totalling around 60,000 vehicles using its suite of advanced fleet software solutions, which place an accent on easy 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.
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07768 912 430