Global Self Drive was incorporated and initially established by the owner, Chris Webb, in three locations: Cambridge, Peterborough and Ipswich.


Colchester, our fourth branch, was opened, allowing us a better connection with the south east.


Our fifth branch was opened in Grantham. During the same year we committed to invest £6 million in new Mercedes-Benz vehicles, to include Vito, Sprinter, Citan and Luton. That year was also the start of our partnership with Toyota, and Global Self Drive become the first major car hire company to use hybrid cars.


Global Self Drive invested £600.000 building a new super site in Ipswich.


We are committed to lowering the CO2 footprint, providing company cars to staff with sub-110g/km emissions.
This year also sees the sponsorship for Colchester United and Cambridge Football Club, providing minibuses for marshals and security staff, signage at the new stadium and a logo on the players’ shirts as the official home kit.


HQ is moved into a £1 million purpose built office in Peterborough.


The commitment to become carbon neutral becomes official. New procedures applied to all branches to reduce our carbon footprint.


A new agreement with VW Commercial Vehicles worth £6.5 million was signed, providing us new vehicles every year until 2017.


Our sixth branch has been recently opened in Stansted, providing a better connection with our London based customers.

Customer Testimonials

Excellent service – 1st rate – Vehicle Supplied was excellent and very good value for money. Satisfaction rating 10 out of 10

J Fulcher

Great Service! Great Guys! I have rented from other companies in the past and had mixed experiences with them. I have shown up for a rental and they didn’t have a vehicle for me. I have been overcharged. You name it! I rent vehicles all the time for my band. These guys were prompt and courteous.

Kenneth Edwards

This is the 3rd time I've hired from Global and I love the experience. The staff are wonderful and go above and beyond to be helpful. The 1st time we only had 2 of us in the car. The 2nd time there was four and this time 5. We might need a bus next time, lol. I've hired from 2 different companies in Cambridge before and they were a total pain to deal with. You guys make the whole experience easy and I am very grateful, thanks!

John Morris

A couple of weeks ago I had to rent a 17-passenger van for the film crew that I work with. I was served by your Ipswich office to get the reservation completed at very short notice (the day before pickup). They were really helpful and friendly and ensured that the process went smoothly. I’m really happy to have found you guys as we plan on working in your area a lot over the next two years, and will definitely be renting vans again! Best wishes!

Donna Phillips