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Southend's Van Rental Experts

Private & Commercial Van Hire

Whether you need a small van for moving furniture, an extra van for your business or a van on short notice to keep your client happy, Harris Hire in Hockley makes van rental in Essex easy, affordable and convenient.


With our unique services such as a flexible pick up and drop off times (including weekends - yes, even Sundays!) we are able to meet your every requirement in order to make your life that little bit easier and your business more profitable.

John Nichols Director
John Nichols

John Nichols is also director of Vicarage Marquees a well known local company that has built an excellent reputation for both the product it delivers and the customer service it provides, its reliability and adaptability are also considered as high priority...

These are all qualities that John insists Harris Hire aspire to as this is where Vicarage Marquees considers it stands out from its competitors!

Away from business John has a lovely wife, 3 wonderful children, Caitlin, Florence and Albert.  MX and football are his passion travelling the world to compete and spectate in both making many friends along the way.... So if you want to know who was 500cc World MX Champion in 1985 or where Mansfield Town FC play their home games and what their nickname is don’t be afraid to ask J

With this in mind we hope Harris Hire can make many more friends along the way while delivering our passion for customer care 

Emma Accounts Manager
Emma Parmenter
Accounts Manager

Emma has been with the company since it’s take over from previous owners, but on a part-time basis, mainly doing the accounts and the odd hire, along with working with a logistics company in Barking.  In July 2016, she took the leap to enter into the family business on a full time basis, as all of her children are now at school full time and the fur baby is a permanent feature in the office. Emma is keen to move the business forward, utilising our customer service as a strength, ensuring our team are as friendly and flexible as possible to our customer’s needs.


Outside of work when the family’s calendar permits, Emma enjoys getting out and walking the woof, the odd sneaky Spa day, and on a more adventurous note has taken part in a Charity Parachute Jump, completed in Tough Mudder in 2013, Nuclear Fall out in 2015 and is due to compete in the Colour Obstacle Rush this year.  So had better make some time for the gym!

Sue Simpson - Fleet Manager
Sue Simpson
Fleet Manager

Sue has been with company since early 2012 not far from the beginning and has witnessed old vehicles leave and new ones arrive.

She chose to move across when Harris Hire changed to new ownership and with plenty of knowledge to offer and her expertise in the fields she has worked alongside John and Emma to make our hire process a smooth and stress free customer experience and is now witness to our growing fleet (and love for our office fur baby!)


Outside of work, Sue has a wonderful husband, two beautiful children and a pooch. 

At weekends she would admit to being one of those mums yelling (encouragement!!) from the side line of the football pitch.

Her passions are spending time with her friends and family and her obsession is boots!


Paul Marks Consultant GM
Paul Marks
Consultant GM

With a passion of everything constructed with four wheels and a professional approach, Paul takes care of our media and marketing. You might meet Paul in the office or you might be lucky and miss him completely !!!

His professional buzz lies with motivating people to learn and teach in a manner that is relevant, expressive and memorable. he  really cares about what he does, he has a huge passion for it, and he transfers that passion to the people he works with and who work for him.  He gains a real sense of achievement from producing the right responses and developing the communication skills of the team. He effectively pushes staff to excel and reach their full potential by nurturing and developing hidden talents.  He prides himself on leading by example and successfully managing staff expectations.

For van rental made easy in Essex, contact Harris Hire and request a free quote
Call 01702 233600
Honest, Reliable and Affordable

Taken over in 2013 from its previous owners, Harris Hire has seen unprecedented growth in the Southend area. Built on the back of an honest, reliable and affordable service, we strive to deliver a money-can't-buy customer experience.


We are aiming to deliver an unrivalled customer experience, and strive every day to optimise the rental process and ensure that when you arrive to collect your vehicle, the handover takes only minutes.


You won't find a more flexible service provider in the Southend area. With out of hours handovers and single day weekend hires, we look to accommodate your every need  - contact our friendly team in Hockley to make a booking.

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