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OUR AMAZING SUCCESS STORY

This thriving and successful business was founded in 1977 by Ian Cuthill, who was soon joined by his brother, Paul, to supply Rod-Ends to a Surrey based manufacturer making light bulb machinery.

Ian specialised in purchasing the products, and was a formidable buyer, whilst brother Paul, in the early days, was delivering and collecting bearings on his motorbike, but soon it became obvious that his talents lay elsewhere, as he had (and still has) a magnetic personality more suited to selling products and communicating with clients...

1977

Started in Ian & Paul’s Mum’s front room then moved to a small shop in Ashford. No heating & only 1 telephone!

1978

Win our first major contract with Badalex in Weybridge.

1979

We now have heating in the office. A real treat indeed.

1980

Second major contract, we win the CE King business.

1981

Moved from Ashford to Shepperton where we still have our Head Office.

1982

Appointed IKO agents and started stocking needles, rod ends, linear bushes and cam followers.

1983

Purchase of Godiva’s first company van.

1984

Appointed ROSE agents who are now part of Minebea group that includes NMB.

1985

Introduced a 24 hour call out service.

1986

Godiva were appointed MPB agents.

1987

We celebrated our 10 year anniversary!

1990

Appointed INA agents and made the product available from day one.

1991

Tom Hamlett joins the company as a busy warehouse man.

1992

Take on second unit in Shepperton.

1994

Godiva Bearings are now appointed Fluro agents!

1996

Open our Newcastle branch. Appointed Smith agents.

1997

Appointed Aurora agents and become members of The Bearing.net

1998

Open our Dudley branch. This was welcomed by the trade who collected from us on day 1!

2000

A great start to a new century – appointed HMEC agents!

2002

INA buy FAG. Appointed LDK agents.

2003

Appointed FAG agents. Godiva are now Trade Only.

2004

Ian & Paul Cuthill sell out in a Management Buy-Out. Paul stays on as Director of the new company.

2005

Godiva Man is born. Appointed JNS agents.

2006

Dudley move next door to larger premises and never thought they would fill it!

2007

Join the European Power Transmission Distributors Association ( EPTDA ).

2008

NVQ’s are introduced within the company.

2009

Appointed Sole UK agents for Nachi.

2010

Appointed Sole Worldwide agents for the NMB E-Type bearings.

2011

Appointed NB agents. Open our Export department.

2012

Our 2nd MBO sees Tom Hamlett & Trevor Brain buying the company with Paul Cuthill. Appointed agents for Conti, SMC & Loctite.

2014

Sole UK agents for the Rose type RBJ bearings. Opened our Marketing Department.

2015

Powerspan Belts are finally available in the UK, only from Godiva.

2016

Nilos Rings now stocked in depth. All sizes available for same day despatch.

2017

Godiva Bearings turns 40! Appointed Sferax agents for the UK.

2018

ConeMount portable heaters now available in Europe and the UK only from Godiva.

2019

Perma lubricants joined our stocks – dispatching from our NDC in Dudley.

2020

Appointed EasyTen agents for the UK.

2021

Introducing split bearings into our range from GBSplitBearingsUK.