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Welcome to Newman Hire

Newman Hire Co. (NHC) is a family owned and operated business, which grew from very humble beginnings to become one of the largest and best-known prop hire facilities in the world.

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Welcome to Newman Hire

Newman Hire Co. (NHC) is a family owned and operated business, which grew from very humble beginnings to become one of the largest and best-known prop hire facilities in the world.

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Our History

With its roots in the East End of London, NHC came into being in Shepherds Bush market in 1964. A buyer from the BBC walked into one of the two retail units which the family was operating selling lighting, luggage, and fancy goods, wanting to hire a mirror. Aubrey Newman, the head of the family, instantly, appreciated the commercial implications. In a matter of a few years, he had built up an enormous stock for hire, which needed twenty-four railway arches, three retail lock-ups, an electricity sub-station, and a mews house, as storage.

His plan throughout was to listen to the customer, and if we did not already have what he or she wanted, make it, or buy it, and hire it.

In 1979, the company consolidated into one large premises, in a lovely art deco warehouse on The Vale in Acton, West London. Then, as now, NHC was and is a family business, being operated, at that time, by the current owner, Erle Shaw and her late sister, Aubrey’s daughters.

From Casino Royale 1967 to Casino Royale 2006, Z Cars to Game of Thrones, NHC has played a role, globally, in the Television and Film Industry. Events have also been an important feature of NHC’s history; from the legendary parties of John Aspinall, through hiring to HM The Queen, and Diana, Princess of Wales, and many a celebrity wedding.

In 2016, led by the current managing director, Raven Chandar (Aubrey’s granddaughter), NHC relocated to a purpose built, 3700 sq. metre facility, in Hayes Middx.. This enabled a complete re-focusing of the stock, which prompted the remark from many, experienced, customers –“it’s like having a whole new prop house!”With great grandchildren waiting in the wings; our ethos remains unchanged in all these years. We welcome you to come and visit us, and experience the Newman Hire Company service and all we have to offer.