The Three-Minute Interview

Three-Minute Interview: Q Branch Bespoke Casting

Q&A with Dan Roe, director at Q Branch Bespoke Casting, to learn more about what makes him tick

Describe yourself in three words?

Geeky, organised and logical

When you were at school, what did you want to be and why?

I wanted to be in a band, playing guitar or keyboards. Why? Having a ridiculous ‘flock of seagulls’ hair cut, Going on tour. The cool synths and samplers, and having a laugh with your friends. The band I was in once opened for ‘Radio 2’ soft rockers – Scouting for Girls and also played on a bill with Finlay Quaye which was very, should I say, interesting.

How did you get to be where you are today?

I have worked in a luxury bespoke jewellery retailer/manufacturer for the last 13 years – this gave me a fantastic insight of all areas of the business from setting and goldsmithing to rapid prototyping and casting. It essentially boils down to a lot of hard work, going the extra mile for the customer – it is not just a job. Embracing new technology and having a natural affiliation to anything hardware/software related has helped a lot too, I think.  

Which aspect of your job do you enjoy and why?

One thing I find particularly enjoyable is the arrival of a new metal order. The grains or pieces, as they arrive at Q Branch, are relatively uninteresting, apart from the obvious attraction of being precious metals, but I love wondering what form they will take once cast. Will they be an engagement ring, a signet ring for a 21st birthday, a bridal collection for a new designer, or a pendant for dear old nan? They could become anything, and that just captures my imagination.

What is your proudest achievement?

Founding Q Branch. With a retail business, I feel there are certain expectations for an established luxury jeweller that are harder to break free from – with Q Branch, we have more of a startup mentality, we have more freedom and more flexibility. We have a fantastic, talented and extremely knowledgeable team who are a joy to work with – I am very proud of them.

What is the best advice you’ve been given in work or in life in general?

For work – spend more time on the business, not in the business. This can be pretty hard. I am sure some of your dear readers can relate to this – it is so easy to get absorbed into the day to day that you forget about the bigger picture. For life – don’t take yourself too seriously.

What is your next goal?

This is more of a long-term aim – to always be learning and acquiring new skills, to make Q Branch the go-to casters for quality and innovation, to stay out of the comfort zone. Currently getting my head around zBrush, a fantastic 3D modelling app for creating more organic designs.  

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Lewis Catchpole

Lewis is a multimedia journalist and a alumnus of the University of Sheffield. He is a keen reader, follower of all sports and an avid supporter of Manchester United, for better or for worse. If you have any news or feature ideas please do not hesitate to contact.

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