HISTORY TIMELINE

1977

From Ian & Paul’s Mum’s front room to a small shop in Ashford with no heating & 1 telephone!

1978

We had our win our first major contract with Badalex in Weybridge.

1979

Finally, we now have heating in the office. It was a real treat indeed!

1980

Our second major contract and we won the CE King business. Wa-hoo!

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

The very first Godiva company van was purchased – what a great day!

1984

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

1985

We introduced a specalised 24-hour call-out service for our customers.

1986

This year, Godiva Bearings were appointed to become MPB agents!

1987

WOW! Everyone at Godiva 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 – hurray!

1992

We decide to take on a secondary unit based all the way down in Shepperton.

1994

Godiva Bearings are now appointed Fluro agents – congrats!

1996

We opened our 3rd branch in Newcastle and got 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 brand new century – we got appointed HMEC agents!

2002

BIG NEWS in 2002! INA buys FAG and we get appointed to become LDK agents.

2003

Godiva are now FAG agents. We also become our well known trademark – Trade Only.

2004

Ian & Paul sell out in a MBO. Paul stays on as Director of the new company.

2005

2005 is the year Godiva Man is born! We also get appointed agents for JNS.

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 now introduced within the company for all staff members!

2009

Godiva gets appointed to become the Sole UK agent for Nachi – WOW!

2010

Appointed SOLE WORLDWIDE Agents for the NMB E-Type Bearings.

2011

Appointed NB agents, and we open our Export department for worldwide orders!

2012

Tom Hamlett, Trevor Brain & Paul buy the company. Appointed agents for Conti, SMC & Loctite.

2014

Sole UK agents for Rose type RBJ bearings & we 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 and we are 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

Another appointed UK agents! This time with EasyTen chain tensioners brand!

2021

Introducing split bearings into our range from brand new company – GBSplitBearingsUK.

2022

We celebrated being 45 with a brand-new website & become Strategic Partners with Carter.