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 2000 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 Sandyford, south Dublin. Last year we relocated our Dublin head office as part of our goal to continually improve the service we offer our customers. This year our Cork offices moved to a larger premises and currently we are looking at opening further depots in Ireland, in particular in Galway, to further serve our growing base of customers.

The majority of our branches have their own workshops which enables us to plan and schedule maintenance events at times that will cause the least disruption to our customers. We also have a partnership with the AA to provide breakdown support and recovery.


Northgate PLC

We have a growing network of more than 70 branches in the UK and a fleet of over 50,000 vehicles, while in Spain, Northgate España has 24 locations and a fleet of 40,000 vehicles.