Gripvan FAQS

What is Gripvan, or what does Gripvan do?

Gripvan is a comprehensive and mobile package of stands, grip, accessories and useful bits and pieces that to quote Dean Northcott, "makes shooting on location like being in a studio". We provide peace of mind to photographers, producers and photo assistants alike.

As for what we do? At our core Gripvan does Photo shoots - whether Advertising, Fashion, Editorial or Corporate. We also do Moving Image - Commercials, Documentaries, TV, Music Promos, and more. Of course, we do Gripvans, but we also offer general equipment rental and can dry hire you cameras, digi kit, lighting, styling, and production equipment.

We can help you with power and access requirements, and offer consultancy, alongside crewing and basic production.  

In short Gripvan can get almost anything you need on your set to your set.

What's in the van?

Everything you could possibly think of, and a whole load of things you might have overlooked!

Our Standard Grip Package comes with a full complement of C Stands, Windups, Booms, frames, fabrics, flags, and all the usual grip, electrical and consumable items. All of this neatly packed in one of our custom LWB Renault Master vans.

The mini package is pretty similar, except we've condensed it down to fit in our Renault Trafic, perfect for smaller shoots or when your'e shooting somewhere with restricted headroom - planning a shoot in a multi-storey carpark? This is the one for you.

Why do I need one on my next shoot?

Gripvan solves your problems. It’s a mobile grip and lighting store, keeping kit dry and organised and saving space in your location. Gripvan makes sure all your kit is accessible, saves your crew time and impresses your clients.   

Isn't it really expensive to hire?

In a word, no! Gripvan can save you money on your shoot. Just ask our producer clients who keep coming back because GV helps them work to ever tighter budgets. Typically Gripvan offers a saving of 50% over list hire prices, not to mention the savings on peace of mind.

Do I have to pay for anything else?

Just the driver / assistant, mileage (if you're shooting outside of London) and any consumables you use. Of course if your shoot takes the crew away overnight we'd expect you to put our driver up in a hotel too!

Who can drive the Gripvan

All our vans are driven by a driver-operator who, depending on your requirements, will also be an experienced lighting/camera assistant, dig-op, gaffer or grip. Our drivers all know the vans and equipment inside out.

Where is Gripvan based?

Gripvan is based in Battersea, ideally located for London and for shoots further afield. You're welcome to visit us during working hours, but please call ahead to check we have a van available to show you!

Where has Gripvan worked?

We spend most of our time in and around London but the vans are well travelled across the UK and further afield. We frequently work in Manchester, Liverpool and Scotland, as well as Bristol, Ireland, Wales and the South West. The vans have visited the continent a fair few times and we've sent kit as far as the Maldives and Butan.

If you're planning a shoot in Europe we can help with logistics, carnets and kit transport.

Who have Gripvan worked with?

We've had the pleasure of working with and alongside some incredible people, brands and organisations. Just a few of those are:


How long have you been going?

Gripvan was founded as an LLP back in 2011 by our Technical Director Andrew Howe and colleagues working in production and location management. With a career stretching back 20+ years, Andrew noticed a gap in the market to provide a full service grip package for stills and small video productions, based on a condensed version of feature film grip trucks.  We became a limited company in 2012 and moved to our current premises in Battersea in 2014.

Can I work for Gripvan?

We're always looking for great freelance crew to work with, so if you know what you're doing on set, are 25 or over, with a clean licence and experience driving LWB vans, get in touch. Occasionally we have full or part time positions available. These will be advertised on our website as well as on the AOP job board and other job-hunt websites.

Gripvan are hiring!


Gripvan are recruiting a Junior Kit Room Tech / Driver.

Gripvan, a rapidly growing kit hire and location support company based in SW London, are looking to hire a full time Junior Kit Room Tech / Driver to support the business in the next stage of its growth. The role offers a fantastic opportunity to gain experience working alongside a dynamic team of photographic technicians and producers and the potential to gain valuable skills within the photographic industry.

Responsibilities & Key Tasks

  • Day to day management of the vehicles, ensuring vans are prepared and ready to go out on jobs, overseeing their condition and flagging damage when applicable.
  • Preparing and loading equipment for shoots.
  • Collect and deliver equipment to and from suppliers / shoots.
  • Checking of equipment prior to and following hires.
  • Ensuring equipment is clean and fit for hire.
  • Logging and organising repair of any damaged equipment.
  • Take responsibility for safe storage of equipment and supplies within the warehouse.
  • Monitor stock shortages and recommend adjustments to stock levels.
  • Ensure stores and kept clean and tidy.
  • To work closely with the Operations Manager in servicing bookings and Gripvan shoots. 
  • To assist in the day-to-day running of the business. 
  • When required, to accompany the vans on shoots, deliver equipment to locations and assist photographers and producers on location. 

Attributes & Qualifications


  • Full UK Driving Licence
  • Insurance requires role-holder be 21 years or older.
  • Good organisational and communication skills
  • Ability to manage diaries, calendars, and workload. 
  • Confidence and ability to work alone as well as part of a team
  • Happy on occasion to work long hours, sometimes outside in cold conditions.
  • A desire to be part of a team in small, busy company in a dynamic, exciting industry
  • Patience, energy and a sense of humour always helps
  • Resident in, or willing to move to London


  • Experience of driving vans in and around London
  • A keen interest in and basic knowledge of photographic equipment.
  • Experience of working on photo shoots
  • Knowledge of Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites
  • Resident within 60 minutes of SW8 
  • Knowledge of the equipment we offer would be an advantage however you will receive on the job training.


  • Competitive Salary
  • Full training with one of the most respected lighting technicians in the industry
  • Company Phone
  • Use of company equipment for personal work by arrangement.

To apply please email your CV and a covering letter to with "Job Application" and your name in the Subject Line to arrive no later than August 24th 2015. 

Any questions please call 020 3002 9130 or email

Gripvan Sponsor Portrait Salon 2014

Gripvan Sponsor Portrait Salon 2014

Gripvan are delighted to have been approached by Carole Evans and James O Jenkins to help make this print exhibition possible by becoming one of the official sponsors of Portrait Salon.

The Salon des Refusés for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, Portrait Salon is now in its 4th year and for the first time it will be producing a print exhibition, due to tour the UK from the 6th of November 2014 until late spring 2015.