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.
LATEST Press Releases
The latest news and releases from Paperchase PR
Below are recent press releases from Paperchase Public Relations. Please click on the headline to download.
More than 150 delegates attend first 1link Live conference for fleet users
More than 150 delegates today attended the first ever conference for users of epyx’s 1link fleet platforms, used to manage more than four million company vehicles.
1link Live was held at The Slate, Warwick University on 19thSeptember and was designed to combine detailed product updates with a wider view of developments in motoring and mobility.
Speakers included Professor Paul Jennings, lead for connected and autonomous vehicles at Warwick Manufacturing Group and Nick King, insight director at Auto Trader.
There were also presentations from Alan King, group president, Europe and Australasia of epyx’s parent company, FLEETCOR, and Aditya Varadpande, managing director of epyx.
Breakout product sessions showed users some of the latest, best practice thinking for the 1link platforms as well as looking at ways to help tackle emerging issues facing the fleet sector.
Aditya said: “Our 1link platforms set the fleet industry standards for service and maintenance, short term hire, vehicle purchase and disposal, and are crucial to the success of our customers.
“We are always looking for new ways to communicate with our users and now seemed an excellent time to hold our first 1link conference and tell them about the latest developments at epyx ranging from the investments we are making to new technology.
“1link Live was very well supported and feedback from delegates showed that they found it very useful, both in terms of how to maximise the benefits of working with us and looking at some of the wider developments in the fleet, motor and transport sectors.
“The whole exercise was very successful, we believe, and we are discussing holding a repeat event covering similar ground in 2020.”
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 four million vehicles, around 18,000 service providers, and nearly all motor manufacturers on behalf oftheir 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.
For further details please contact Simon Wells at Paperchase Public Relations on 07768 912430 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Launch of RAC Approved Dealer standard for used vans creates “new kind of proposition” in LCV sector
The launch this week of an RAC Approved Dealer standard for used vans and other light commercial vehicles creates a “new kind of proposition” in the LCV sector.
That’s the view of Sean Kent, RAC sales director at Assurant, the Fortune 500 company which partners with the RAC in providing and administering warranties and related solutions.
He said: “The new standard is designed to create a nationwide approved used van programme commensurate with the values of the RAC brand, with all of the benefits that brings for both customers and retailers.
“It is very much a new kind of proposition in this sector where, outside of franchise dealer networks, there are few retailers with the kind of consumer brand recognition that we can deliver. With the RAC Approved Dealer initiative, dealers who meet our criteria can associate themselves directly with the credibility of the RAC brand, instantly differentiating themselves from their competitors.
“Our research shows that customers who buy from used car retailers that are members of the RAC Approved Dealer Network often do so because of the presence of the brand - and we anticipate that it will also be a major strength in the van sector.”
The new proposition is based around detailed preparation criteria created specifically for vans under 3.5 tonnes while other benefits include a three month RAC warranty, 12 months of breakdown cover, a vehicle data check and enrolment to RAC Accident Care.
Customers will also be offered the opportunity to extend their warranty while, at many dealers, they will also be able to purchase RAC Service Plan and GAP products. The van standard was originally created earlier this year for the launch of the Vanbase supermarket in Bristol.
Sean added: “The construction of this proposition has been developed from our experience with the RAC Approved Dealer programme for cars and our existing expertise as a warranty provider within the LCV sector.
“It provides a very comprehensive used vehicle package that is market leading in all key respects and is ready to play an active part in the success of participating dealers.”
All types of van dealers including supermarkets, independents and franchises can become RAC Approved Dealers. Retailers who meet its standards can make extensive use of RAC branding in their marketing alongside a range of other benefits.
Sean added: “The number of RAC Approved Dealers retailing cars has grown in the last year and, with the creation of the van standard, we believe that there is considerable potential to bring our benefits to a new section of the dealer community.”
For press enquiries please contact:
Simon Wells at Paperchase PR on 07768 912430
or e-mail email@example.com
About the RAC
First formed in 1897 the RAC has been looking after the needs of its members and championing the interests of motorists for 120 years.
Today it has around 10m members and is one of the UK’s most progressive motoring organisations, providing services for both private and business motorists. Whether it's roadside assistance, insurance, buying a used car, vehicle inspections and checks, legal services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information – the RAC offers a solution for all motoring needs. The RAC is committed to making motoring easier, safer, more affordable and more enjoyable for drivers and road users.
The RAC is the motorist’s champion and campaigns to support the interests of its members and UK motorists at a national level. This includes voicing concerns about the increasing cost of motoring, particularly the price of fuel and the high level of tax levied on it, advancing levels of road safety, and supporting the needs of all drivers, from young to old.
The RAC’s annual Report on Motoring – first published in 1989 – provides a clear insight into the concerns and issues facing today’s motorists.
For the very latest news on UK fuel prices, check RAC Fuel Watch or follow #racfuelwatch on Twitter. RAC Fuel Watch is a comprehensive guide to the latest UK unleaded petrol and diesel prices – both at the wholesale level and at the pump. RAC Fuel Watch analyses how prices changed through the previous month and compares the most recent prices with those from three, six and 12 months before.
- RAC patrols fix four out of five vehicles at the roadside and on average within 30 minutes
- RAC vans carry more than 500 parts and tools to get members’ vehicles going again
- 92% of members would recommend RAC Rescue to their friends and family
RAC press releases, news alerts and a wealth of motoring research is available from media.rac.co.uk.
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