With over 75 years of industry experience, Quality Bearings Online is a multi-award-winning company which supplies precision bearings, engineering spares, and technologically advanced lubricants to customers in over 110 countries worldwide. We pride ourselves in offering industry recognised and quality brands, expert knowledge, excellent customer service and rapid delivery to anywhere in the world. Our products are used in sectors as diverse as Food Manufacturing, Aerospace, Oil and Gas and Precision Engineering. So, whether you are a large multi-national or single site company, we delight in exceeding your expectations.
In 2022, as we mark our 10-year anniversary, we are also crowned with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade, providing even more cause for celebration. Following on from this success, we are working on our 5-year strategy to ensure we bring the company vision forward while focusing on delivering our mission to customers.
Could we transform the way Bearings are traditionally sold and disrupt the industry by selling them online?
It began with this simple idea our founders were trying to explore.
With many other companies doing the same thing with mixed success, they wanted to do it differently. They envisioned an online bearing company with online philosophies both in selling and customer service. The idea may have been simple but not as simple to achieve, so here is QBOL’s story.
We were established in 2012 by our two Directors, Denny Maude and Simon Riley. QBOL Web 0.1, the very first version of our website, launched in April 2012 with limited success. It was a struggle to find customers at first who were willing to move away from the old-fashioned way of ordering and buy our key product lines.
For the following three years, we fought to change the standard ways of working, trying to attract customers to buy into the online concept. While the uptake was slow in the UK, we started to see that the success we sought was in the international market. In March 2016, we diverted our strategy away from the UK market and overseas, changing our online presence and launching QBOL Web 0.2.
From 2016 to 2019, we won 7 major awards representing our international expansion and development in exporting. One of the most important awards during this time was the Northern Powerhouse Export Award for Export Team of the Year. Seeing our culture and values accredited was a real credit to our team.
A simple idea has built an incredible company with remarkable people who are continuously challenging to change the world of Bearing Distribution, and this is only the start.
Stay turning with us for ‘What’s Next?’
Our Vision, Mission & Values
Our mission is to become the number one choice for premium bearings and auxiliary engineering products, offering the fastest and most reliable service worldwide. We pride ourselves on the array of services we offer and how flexible we can be to cater to the needs and pressures our customers face. We want to provide this level of service and trust to customers worldwide so that we can become your number one choice as a supplier.
Never Competing, Always Exceeding
As we continue to evolve in the years to come, we wish to be known for our one-of-a-kind QBOL Culture and continue to reshape the bearing industry internationally.
Responsible | Excellence | Shared Success | Ambitious | Quality
We want to achieve our mission whilst delivering the shared core values above through our behaviour and commitments to our environment, local communities, and each other. We want to work alongside stakeholders who share the same values to help us deliver our mission.
Meet Our Team
Every member of the team is committed to their personal and professional development. Our company ethos is to develop and grow as a business and as individuals. All team members are encouraged to undertake training and qualifications as part of their continuous professional development. This way, we can ensure we are providing the best service to our customers around the world.