Hot 100 2014: Glen Day & Ed Hole, Weston Beamor

Glen Day and Ed Hole were named Trailblazers in Professional Jeweller's Hot 100 2014 (Kalory.co.uk)

Business manager and head of 3D printing on their optimistic approach.

The intrigue roused by 3D printing and CAD design has made a marked impact on the UK jewellery industry in recent years.

Whether jewellery graduates presenting skilfully-crafted final projects produced using CAD or larger brands daring to venture into the realms of printing in precious metals; the call for a leading rapid prototyping specialist has been clear.

Glen Day and Ed Hole of Weston Beamor are the knights in shining, 3D-printed armour, answering the industry’s needs with true enthusiasm.

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In the past year, the team at Weston Beamor has staked its claim to the CAD and bespoke design sector of the UK industry. “Bespoke has been a big growth area for Weston Beamor and having a first-class team of CAD designers, goldsmiths and stone setters confident to deliver high quality, bespoke stone-set jewellery for customers is a valuable asset for the company, as well as our clients,” says Ed.

This growth follows two years of profile pushing at Weston Beamor, spearheaded by Glen Day, who was promoted from Domino production manager to Weston Beamor business manager in 2012. “Since then I have been determined to raise our profile within the jewellery industry; I am passionate about Weston Beamor, the services we provide, the quality and the fact that we are a British manufacturer,” he states.

Glen’s unyielding enthusiasm for the British jewellery industry (his experience dates back 31 years) and that of Ed and the team at Weston Beamor is notable by the number of industry-wide initiatives the business is now involved in, teaming with trade shows, colleges and universities to promote its services and inspire jewellers of all generations.

The company also sponsors a prize at the New Designers graduate show, awarding and supporting young jewellers with work experience at its Birmingham Jewellery Quarter HQ.

Says Ed of gaining CAD experience: “It is a textbook chicken and egg scenario – employers want someone with experience so they can be productive from day one, but getting experience – especially if you’re a new graduate – is difficult.” His advice? Teach yourself how to use the software – it really is possible – but make sure you understand how jewellery is constructed.

“You can be the best CAD designer in the world, but if you don’t know how to construct claws that will hold the diamonds you can’t make jewellery,” Ed adds. “Your model has to work on the bench.”

So who does the duo leading this growing facet to the industry admire, at a time when so many other talents, both young and established, are looking up to them? “Patrick Fuller, chairman of WB The Creative Jewellery Group, is my inspiration,” Glen states.

“He has built the business up to the successful position it’s in today through hard work, determination and an ability to get out there and get to know everyone, sharing his vision for the company whilst also being prepared to listen to customer feedback.”

Glen Day and Ed Hole were named Trailblazers in the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2014, in association with headline sponsor Pandora and principle partner The Company of Master Jewellers.

To read a digital version of the Hot 100 2014 book in full online, click here.

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