Established in 1996


Bearings and Drives is the exclusive UK distributor of CeramicSpeed Insulate, and a leading supplier of MRO products from globally recognised manufacturers of Bearings, Power Transmission, Industrial Gearboxes, Motors, Tools & Consumables. Drawing on our vast experience of customer requirements, our products and services have been developed for all types of industries including Food, Paper, Recycling, Distribution, Quarrying and Plastics.

Due to the unpredictable nature of MRO spares, we offer single source supply which includes managed inventory services, to streamline your ordering process, reduce downtime and improve production efficiency - creating considerable cost savings.

Bearings & Drives industry leading Repair Services cover Motors, Gearboxes & Pumps. Available 24/7, our team of highly skillful engineers is on hand to deliver advice and engineering solutions. We also offer a free collection and delivery service.



In 2009, with many industries relying on Fluid Power in their manufacturing processes, Fluid Power Technology was established as the dedicated Fluid Power Division of Bearings and Drives. Since then it has grown to not only carry large stocks of FRL’s, Solenoid Valves, Mechanical Valves and Metal & Plastic Fittings, but also, due to the indepth knowledge and expertise of our staff, we are able to offer Product Interchange, System Advice and Bespoke Solutions to specific requirements. These are our Unique Selling Points and set us apart from the competition.

However large or small the requirement, however simple or complex the problem, both Bearings & Drives and Fluid Power Technology prides themselves on meeting your requirement with on time, on budget solution and supply.

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Meet the Senior Team

William Simpson, Managing Director at Bearings and Drives
William Simpson - Managing Director
John Middleton, Operations and Purchasing Director at Bearings and Drives Ltd
John Middleton - Operations and Purchasing Director
Steve Bacon , Sales Director at Bearings and Drives Limited
Steve Bacon - Sales Director
Ben Booth - General Manager at Bearings and Drives Ltd
Ben Booth - General Manager

William founded Bearings and Drives Ltd in 1996 as Congleton Bearings supplying local industry and farming, leading to Bearings and Drives Ltd being established in 1998. With a wealth of industry expertise spanning 45 years, William has overseen the expansion of the company and product portfolio development to include MRO, Fluid Power and PPE products, leading to Bearings and Drives Ltd becoming one of the North West’s & North Staffordshire’s leading suppliers.

With 43 years’ of industry experience, John has a wealth of expertise in the supply and distribution of maintenance, repair and operations products. After co-founding the company with William, John oversees the purchasing and sales at Bearings and Drives Ltd, working closely with both customers and leading manufacturers to provide effective solutions.  

With over 30 years’ experience in the Bearings and Transmission industry, Steve is ideally qualified to offer you balanced and informed technical advice on all your bearing and transmission requirements. An expert in the field of hybrid bearing technology he can easily offer guidance and recommendations on specific ‘problem area’ applications to offer you a bespoke solution.


As General Manager at Bearings and Drives Ltd, Ben has a key role in overseeing the entire customer journey, including understanding customer requirements, working closely with suppliers to generate competitive quotations, and ensuring the availability of the required products, to maintain a smooth flow throughout the enquiry to delivery process. Once the sales quotations are finalised and approved, Ben also manages the distribution process to ensure the efficient delivery of parcels to customers.

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