Our history

The business was founded in Darlington, England in 1981 and over the course of 33 years it grew by acquiring local van rental companies across the UK.

In 2001 Northgate Vehicle Hire Ireland opened with the first branch location being in Dublin. From 2013 we grew our business in Ireland with the opening of branches in Cork, Limerick and most recently, in Sandyford. Last year we relocated our Dublin head office as part of our goal to continually improve the service we offer our customers. Currently we are looking at opening further depots in Ireland to further serve our growing base of customers.

The success of this operation led us to buy two leading rental companies in Spain, Fualsa and Record between 2002 and 2006. Further acquisitions in the UK of Arriva and Fleet Technique in 2006 (now Northgate Fleet Management) and significant growth in London paved the way to create a service offering and infrastructure throughout the UK, Ireland and Spain which has been unrivalled ever since.