The Society of British and International Design (SBID) is the leading British professional accrediting body and representative for global interior design, supporting professional and trading standards of Interior Designers, Architects and manufacturers.
SBID works with business experts, government bodies, trade associations and academics to guide and measure the profession through best practice; setting the standard for the industry at large to develop future growth. SBID’s accredited members include interior designers, architects, developers, specifiers and construction professionals. They operate across both commercial and residential sectors and represent the range, diversity and international spread of a creative global design industry.
SBID is active in 45 countries and is represented across the world. We are the official UK partner to a variety of overseas trade events, particularly in France and Italy where together our three countries hold a leadership in design recognised around the world. In the Gulf States and the United States of America, SBID holds unique partnerships to create opportunities for trade and promotion of British design and product supply. In Canada and New Zealand, SBID led the way to create trading standards through measured knowledge and education for the profession of interior design in 2009.
As the selected representative for interior design since 2009 and previously as an independent observer, the SBID have been instrumental in lobbying government, the Bank of England, the House of Commons and the House of Lords for trading standards at the highest level. Advising and promoting industry growth, professional standards and business guidelines across the creative sectors, engineering and manufacturing. The outcome has encouraged and enabled growth which generated a variety of trade agreements for the UK around the world.
The SBID report to the highest government level of business development in the country, contributing to the Manifesto that represents the interests of small businesses across the UK. The lobby group represents 99.1% of all UK businesses (SME & MSME). The 130 strong membership of professional organisations represents all industries, directly communicating with Boards that influence how professionals are steered. The body led by the Patron, HRH Prince Michael of Kent, champions professional standards, practice and productivity across the UK and in Brussels at the European Union. Since its inauguration in 2009, SBID has proudly held the highest position of authority for professional interior design governance and growth at this highly accredited and influential body.