Formed in 1977 the company grew by specialising in the niche markets of Needle bearings & Rod End bearings; In 2004, following a management buyout, the ranges were been increased, in particular the addition of the FAG range of Ball & Roller Bearings and then becoming sole UK agent for Nachi which allowed GODIVA BEARINGS to supply the complete range of products. GODIVA BEARINGS is unique in that it specialises in supplying only the Bearing TRADE and does not compete with it's customers by supplying OEM's and End Users, rather it refers all such enquiries to it's Bearing Trade Partners.
Here is how it all started...
This thriving 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 production machinery. Ian specialised in purchasing the Bearings, 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.
Initially the business ran from Ian’s home, then from a shop in Ashford which suffered a major flood in 1982 forcing the business to move overnight to new premises in Shepperton, on the same estate as the current Head Office is located. The business specialised in Rod-Ends, Spherical Plain bearings and Needle Bearings, and the early philosophy of Ian & Paul’s to stock in depth and breadth everything that they intended to sell has been developed as the company’s USP ever since, even when more and more products and ranges were added.
The business operates from three branches, our head office is in Shepperton Middlesex and we cover the whole of the UK with our sites in Dudley, West Midlands and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in the North. The company has been supplying bearings to the trade for 35 years and we pride ourselves on offering only the best quality products with our assurance to you of the best service in the business.
The company has developed unequaled reputation for it’s stance of only supplying the Bearing Trade, where other trade suppliers also deal with end users of the products, in competition with their trade customers.
The company has also developed an excellent Export business, where again the superb ' in stock ' situation means that when immediate delivery is required, Godiva is the supplier of choice.
A sourcing department for hard to find bearings is also in place and over recent years and has contributed to the constant growth of the business which has added the comprehensive FAG range of Ball, Roller & Spherical Roller Bearings to it’s portfolio, giving customers a true ‘one stop shop’ for bearings and related products.
The company was acquired by David Harrow and Ray Eccleston in 2004 with Paul Cuthill staying on. These three remained shareholders and Directors until recently when the next MBO took place.
In May 2012 Tom Hamlett and Trevor Brain took the company through it's second Management Buy-out. Once again Paul Cuthill has remained and between the three of them plus the superb management team and the vast knowledge of the staff the company will once again grow and move forward.
With more new products due to be launched in the very near future these are indeed very exciting times for Godiva.
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