About Us

The fleet circa 1990
Celebrating over 30 years of “excellent service” ……..
Barford Hire & Sales was started back in 1986 when Wham split up, Freddie Starr ate a hamster and 30 million people tuned in to watch Dirty Den divorce Angie!

With just a small stock of used commercial vehicles on display David Sorrell decided to hire some of them out whilst they were waiting to be sold! Those days are long gone, and there’s still a good display of quality used vans and trucks ready for sale, but now we can boast of one of the largest, modern, self-drive hire fleet of cars, vans, minibuses and lorries in our region!

Run by 3 generations of the Sorrell family and their spouses, together with a team of loyal, long-serving staff, Barford Hire & Sales goes from strength to strength offering the friendly, flexible service you should expect from a local firm but with the professionality of a multi-national. The best of both worlds!

Hence our strap-line: “Large enough to cope, small enough to care”

Meet the Some of the Team


Sponsorship & Support

We are super pleased to announce our sponsorship and support of  http://www.pushsport.co.uk and in particular, Norwich’s Gas Hill Gasp ! PUSH support Grass-roots cycling events around Norfolk encouraging newbie riders to have a go at competition in a very friendly environment.

In 2016 we have helped; City College Norwich Supported Learning Dept., Tri-Anglia’s Womens Race around Ireland, Salvation Army’s Toys and Tins Appeal, Mud-Sweat&Gears Mountain-bike Youth Development Squad and Man Vs Hell/Chasing Gravity MacMillan Cancer Support amongst others.

We are a collection point for BIG C , Norfolk’s Cancer Charity where you can take a sack to donate any unwanted items and leave it with us at the end of your hire. 🙂


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We have always been keen supporters of all things SPORT ! We figure Sport in our Community can only do good for mental and physical well-being and crosses all sorts of social boundaries. We welcome everyone to join us and become part of #teambarford. If you are involved in a team or sports event then send us your pictures via Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #teambarford and we will share, re-tweet and generally ‘Big-you-up’. Come claim a sticker ! Look out for our guys out and about at events around the county and come and have a chat with us when you see one of the #teambarford vans.


The Barford Festival;  click here to website

Every July we are very proud to sponsor and be heavily involved in creating our village’s very own Festival, full of family fun and entertainment with live music, fantastic food and delicious drinks. Some £60,000 has been raised in total over the years for our local community and other Good causes ………. #barfordrocks

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Recent testimonials from our lovely customers………

  • Came to our rescue at very short notice with a VW Golf! Really enjoyed the experience of driving such a lovely car for a weekend – thank you Jon for helping us out!


  • Hassle-free first van hire for DIY home move – no stress whatsoever thanks to staff. Thank you Barford!


  • Very friendly staff very helpful and the vehicle as great value for money thank you so much will definitely used you again


  • Thankyou. lovely helpful staff. the only inconvenience for me is that you are the opposite side of the city!


  • Really easy to deal with, simple booking process, great service, super VW transporter van with aircon! Thanks Toby. Regards David


  • As always good service. Had expected that the second minibus would have been the same price as the first minibus.


  • Great service 100%


  • Staff are so polite and friendly…willing to help in any way they can just to please the customer! Way to go guys.


  • Really helpful company to deal with, especially over problems getting DVLA certificate nd uncertainty about return time. Van in excellent clean condition. Very forgiving when I confessed to scraping van on gate.

love #TeamBarford