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December 2012

Dear members,

Each year, SBID reviews the activities and business of the past twelve months and we inform the industry of our intentions and vision for the year ahead. December is the ideal month to do so, and as such we invite you to read our review and hopes for 2013: ‘The Year of Ownership’.


November 2012

The European Council of Interior Architects celebrated on the 20th October its 20th anniversary during the General assembly in Brussels.
The ECIA is the representative body for the European professional organizations in Interior Architecture and Design and SBID is the reprensentant for Great Britain.

Please click here to read the official report.


October 2012

We are very proud to announce that SBID Members Jamie Hempsall Ltd picks up top Interior Design Award for third year in a row !
Click here to read the full press release


July 2012

Proposal for SBID members to work together towards reducing their environmental impact
Download the brochure here

All business activities cause some degree of environmental impact by consuming natural resources, generating waste and releasing polluting discharges/emissions. There is now an increasing expectation on businesses to take more responsibility for their environmental impacts and comply with environmental legislation. Implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS) to a formal standard such as ISO 14001 or BS 8555 is the most direct, recognised and meaningful response that any business can take to address these pressures.

Benefits of Environmental Management Systems:
Typically, the implementation of an EMS helps to deliver key business benefits such as:

• Cost savings through resource efficiency, pollution prevention and waste management – Defra research showed average annual cost savings for a sample of 31 small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) of £4,875 per £million of turnover;
• Alignment with customer expectations and business growth on the back of stronger marketing credentials – the same Defra research showed average annual new business sales of £14,961 per £million of turnover per SME;
• Meets expectations of stakeholders, e.g. insurers, employees, investors and regulators;
• Strengthens business image and reputation; and
• Improves legal compliance status, and reduces business risk and insurance premiums.

SBID EMS programme:
Any members of SBID who are serious about showing progress on the environmental agenda and improving their business credentials are now invited to express interest in an Interior Design sector EMS support programme. Instead of each company taking its own path to implement an EMS, SBID is proposing to offer a sector-based EMS support programme which helps to reduce implementation costs by over 50%. The programme will offer a baseline audit, 6 sequential training workshops, 2 on-site support days and a series of detailed EMS guidance notes and templates. The sector approach also provides for group best practice sharing and problem solving.

WYG is a leading multi-disciplinary consultancy with a long history of providing businesses with environmental consultancy services including, EMS implementation and has already worked with 10 sectors to deliver sector-specific programmes such as that discussed herein.

The SBID programme will run for 10 to 12 months and at its conclusion, each participant company will be ready to achieve ISO 14001 certification via a formal third party audit. The participation costs are likely to be between £3,000 and £4,000 per company, which represents great value for the package of support on offer and given the benefits typically experienced from EMS implementation.

For further details or to express interest in participating, please contact Paul Burr, Associate Director, WYG on 07771 807873 or paul.burr@wyg.com. Alternatively, please contact SBID for further details.


June 2012

Book Now and Save On Your Visit to This Year’s New Designers

Special Offer for SBID members and subscribers

New Designers is the UK’s most important graduate design exhibition and presents an unmissable opportunity to buy new products for your home and get inspired by fresh ideas as well as an unrivalled chance to discover new design talent to commission and recruit. Over 3,500 of the brightest creative talents from Britain’s leading design courses will come together for the 27th edition of New Designers, exhibiting and selling work across all disciplines, from furniture and product design to textiles and interiors.

SBID members and subscribers can purchase discounted day tickets for New Designers wp-content/2012 when booking in advance.

  • SBID members are entitled to an exclusive 2 for 1 offer on day tickets – a huge saving of £12.50 on the door price. Quote ND13 to benefit from this exclusive offer. Book online here

Day Tickets can be used once from Thursday to Saturday during either Part 1 or Part 2. To take advantage of this exclusive special offer please quote ND85 when booking before 27 June.

Part 1: 27 – 30 June (Awards Preview 27 June)
Textiles, Fashion & Accessories, Contemporary Applied Arts, Ceramics & Glass, Jewellery & Precious Metalwork, One Year On

Part 2: 04 – 07 July (Awards Preview 04 July)
Product and Industrial Design, Furniture Design, Visual Communications (including Graphic Design and Illustration), Spatial Design, One Year On

As well as a selection of the best new graduates, both weeks include ‘One Year On, a curated destination feature showcasing over 50 cutting-edge designer makers now one year on into their business – the talents to watch for 2013.

Limited tickets are also still available for the prestigious Awards Preview evenings on Wed 27 June and Wed 04 July. Tickets are £17.50* for each day and present an opportunity to view the show before anyone else.
Ticket price also includes entrance to the Awards evenings at which the cream of this year’s graduates will be recognised with prizes by the likes of John Lewis, Made.com and Virgin Atlantic, accompanied by complimentary drinks served up by ABSOLUT Vodka. Book now

New Designers wp-content/2012 takes place at the Business Design Centre, London. For information on opening times and traveling to the venue please visit www.newdesigners.com

*£1.50 booking fee applies to tickets purchased in advance


June 2012

(Article) Business news : Finance – Corporate Governance Government Rulings on Directors Pay (Click to read it)


June 2012

Book – 70s Style & Design

70s Style & Design, by Dominic Lutyens and Kirsty Hislop, is a meticulously researched, visually lavish book that examines all aspects of 70s design – interiors, architecture, fashion and graphic design, chiefly in London, Paris, New York and Milan. It features architecture and design, ranging from Habitat to the legendary Big Biba, Frank Gehry to Richard Rogers, John Stefanidis to Ettore Sottsass. Design is interwoven with related trends in fashion by such names as Yves Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood, Zandra Rhodes, Celia Birtwell, Bill Gibb and Fiorucci.

Dominic Lutyens is an arts journalist who writes for The Telegraph, The Guardian and Harper’s Bazaar; Kirsty Hislop is a freelance writer and stylist who has worked for Elle and the Observer.


Phaidon – the British publisher of books on the visual arts, including architecture, photography, and design – has contacted SBID with an interesting offer.
From this month, we will be featuring a Phaidon Book of the Month in each of our Industry Updates, with exclusive offers for our members.

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec – Works


April 2012

Build and enhanced your stands with d3

This is the only book on the design duo to contain every work they’ve ever created. The brothers took the design world by storm when they first burst onto the scene in the 1990’s with their groundbreaking, innovative, simple and beautiful products.
Since then, they’ve worked with the likes of Alessi, Vitra and Habitat to create objects that have already become icons in international museums.
Ronan and Erwan have been hands-on through every step of the publishing processes creating a book that stands alone as a beautiful piece of design.

SBID members get 35% OFF
Was £59.95, NOW £38.97

Just visit Phaidon.com and enter promotion code BB35NR to use your special discount. Valid until May 18.

COLLECT – The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects

COLLECT is a highlight in the cultural calendar for anyone curious to explore the best in UK and international contemporary craft. This four day fair taking place from 11 – 14 May at the Saatchi Gallery, London, brings together an exciting selection of galleries representing dynamic contemporary craft by their portfolio of artists.

MEMBERS 2 for 1 TICKET OFFER: Quote C12SBID when you book before 10 May and you can buy two tickets for £15. To book tickets call +44 (0) 844 481 8898 or book online www.collectwp-content/2012.org.uk.

The offer available on standard price tickets only. Booking fees apply.

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March 2012

Legislation Updates

Higher Apprenticeships Fund

The government are keen to see apprenticeships offer a route into, and where appropriate an alternative to, higher education. University doesn’t suit everyone and those that want to study a trade can receive financial support and training in ‘Not Higher Apprenticeships’ which have the potential to deliver high-level skills, up to degree level, tailored specifically to individual sector and business requirements. Through the Higher Apprenticeship Fund, the National Apprenticeship Service has allocated £18.7 million.

Unfair dismissal changes

As a result of the decision to increase the qualifying period from one to two years, the government expect 2,000 fewer unfair dismissal claims per annum. This will reduce the risk to employers who are taken through rogue claims by disgruntled ex-employees which wastes suffering distracts suffering companies time. This change does not affect the rights of employees in all other areas.

Employer Ownership Pilot

The Employer Ownership Pilot fund will be allocated to employers through a competitive bidding process. Bids will be appraised against a number of key criteria, with a focus on supporting proposals that offer good value for money, quality and show real employer commitment to finding innovative ways to develop the skills of the workforce. Robust audit and monitoring arrangements will be put in place for successful bids.

BIS will shortly be issuing an Employer Ownership Pilot prospectus which will set out how employers can bid for access to the public investment available in the pilot fund- up to £250 million over two years.

March 2012

Trade discount is for trade, not retail, and mixing the two is unfair to all parties. The SBID Fair Trading Policy does not recommend, support or promote passing on trade discounts to the public.

Historically some interior decorators and designers passed on their trade price to potential clients to obtain work. That is desperation, not a design commission. Such designers and decorators cause mass damage to the overall industry: they undermine the retailers’ position and they betray the supplier’s price structuring integrity. In doing so, they create grey billing procedures where the customer is unable to breakdown an invoice costs and assumes inflated pricing, leading to disputes. In addition, a lack of transparency on fees, discounts and project fee structuring has often prevented potential clients from seeking professional design advice at all.

The common practice of designers passing trade discounts to their customers, i.e. the public, shrinks the development of interior design as a profession and ultimately costs each market sector profit and reputation. It is not surprising that those who trade in this practice are the largest sector in administration and bankruptcy. They are also the most boisterous when policies such as the SBID Fair Trading Policy are introduced. SBID’s aim in implementing the Fair Trading Policy is specifically to further separate hobbyists from professionals and, in doing so, raise the standards of the entire profession.

Practitioners who provide a design service free of charge undermine the overall design industry. It is neither appropriate nor financially sustainable for professionals to provide their key performance, their design knowledge and advice, free of charge. It is by charging a fee for the trained services of a professional designer, that a designer generates income.

Retail prices include the cost of stock and customer service. Trade prices are products supplied on business to business (B2B) terms by manufacturers, or professional industry partners (PIPs). Interior design has until now rarely respected the difference. Currently, two common unprofessional billing methods adopted by designers are:
1. Sharing trade prices as leverage to obtain projects;
2. Providing a free design service, creating income from ‘supplying goods’ only.

All too often a designer’s unrealistic recognition of project costs and random product supply between trade and retail-pricing generates customer complaints. This common practice is therefore a threat to the overall reputation and growth of the profession of design.

Other grey areas of passing on trade prices to one-time-purchasers make it impossible for retailers to compete fairly. Supplying goods has additional costs attached for different performances: retailers absorb costs such as showroom space, staffing, after-sales service and product training etc. which designers do not provide.

There is a clear additional cost in every sale a retailer makes when compared to the service provided by a designer. Designers may need to install, take delivery, organise returns of products, and so on, and this clearly has time (and cost) attached. Therefore the fee a designer earns in a trade price reflects some of the services the designer performs.

Under the SBID Fair Trading Policy, a clear charging system sets out procedures for other services such as sourcing and supplying products. SBID design professionals are encouraged to be transparent about rates for hourly, daily and project billing fees in their terms of engagement.

The policy supports SBID Designers and PIPs* and provides a fair, equitable industry plan for growth. Registered SBID international industry body members are supported by the policy to promote qualified services, however the policy does not advise, direct or propose what a fee rate should be.
*PIPs – Professional Industry Partner

A 6-point policy and standard letter will be uploaded in this password-protected area by Friday 13 April. For more information, please call the office on 0207 738 9383.


March 2012

Grand Designs Live – the inspiration for your next project

We’ve teamed up with the show organizers to bring our members an exclusive invitation to visit the multi-award winning Grand Designs Live exhibition. This year’s show returns to Excel London from 5-13 May and is a must attend event for anyone working in the interior design industry. You can visit the show during the week by booking your free weekday ticket now.

Register now – offer ends 15 April
Book a place and get free entry to the show on any one weekday (8-11 May). Visit www.granddesignslive.com, go to the ‘book tickets’ page and enter code SBIDFW*

Join us on the weekend and save 50%
If you can’t make it to the show during the week, you can join us on the weekend and book tickets for just £9 (saving 50%**). Visit www.granddesignslive.com or call 0844 854 1348 and quote TRADE9

Whether you’re an interior designer, or studying to become one, you’ll find everything you need for your next project at Grand Designs Live.

February 2012

February 2012

Dear Member,

SBID represent the Interior Design sector at the Bank of England and quarterly issues a questionnaire from the Bank of England for our members.
It would be much appreciated if you could fill out the questionnaire and it return to us via info@sbid.org by Monday, February 27th.

Kind Regards,

The SBID Team

February 2012

January 2012

Investing in design capital should be our plan for growth

‘Restarting Britain: Design Education and Growth’ is the first inquiry of the Design Commission, and was directed by Vicky Pryce and Baroness Whitaker. The Design Commission was set up to carry out long-term, investigative research and thinking about how design and policy interact, and bring that thinking to a Westminster audience. It is comprised of leading designers, academics and parliamentarians, and is chaired by Lord Michael Bichard.

Here, Baroness Whitaker and Vicky Pryce give their thoughts on the report:

‘Our conclusions are quite straightforward. Government needs to develop a National Design Strategy with clear ownership, accountability and with the budget to deliver; design needs to be embedded within the Curriculum with a clear understanding of how this operates in schools and a view to continuously improving delivery; FE routes into design need to continue to expand together with the development of consistent and persuasive HEI vocational entry routes. Higher Education Centres of Excellence need funding and they need to take cross-sectoral approaches to unlocking innovation from other sectors, especially in science and technology via interdisciplinary centres of excellence. Ultimately we would like to see design put on a par with other engineering subjects and recognized as a STEM subject.

Importantly, this is not a cri de coeur from the design education community about why it doesn’t want to have its funding taken away. This is about protecting and investing in a sure way for the UK to continue to compete in the future.’

Read the full report here.

December 2011

Interior Design: Theory and Process uses a ground-breaking approach which brings vitality and clear communication to a misunderstood and often free-wheeling design discipline. It categorises design into nine key elements, including space, light, display and storage, and offers new terminology to describe each area.

Click here to order your copy now.

October 2011

Intellectual Property Campaign Update from The House of Lords

The Earl of Sandwich (Crossbench) asked Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the advantages of European Union accession to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) over the existing World Trade Organisation agreement at Doha.
Baroness Wilcox (Conservative) replied ‘counterfeiting and the piracy of intellectual property rights (IPRs) are recognised as a problem that requires effective action on a global scale’.
Anti-counterfeiting and piracy measures are not part of the Doha negotiating mandate at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), but minimum standards of IPR enforcement are set out in the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS).

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will assist the European Union in its efforts to combat IPR infringement by building on the minimum standards set out by TRIPS, establishing common enforcement standards and practices and greater international co-operation between the signatories.

Baroness Wilcox (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Business, Innovation and Skills; Conservative) and the Minister of State for Universities and Science have today made the following statement:
The UK has a global reputation for innovation and research and our future prosperity rests on our ability to continue to compete in a global economy. Innovation and research is a key priority for this Government and the Secretary of State and I are today publishing the Government’s Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth that seeks to build on our existing strengths. A copy of the strategy is being placed in the House Library.

September 2011


The government’s Project Merlin scheme, designed to encourage banks to lend more to small businesses will see banks lending about £190bn to businesses this financial year – including £76bn to small firms (SME). It also aims to curb bonuses and reveal some salary details of their top earners.

SBID represents the interior design profession at the Bank of England and at the House of Commons and has done since interior design was finally recognised as a profession of financial at £11.6 billion p.a. Government recognises interior design and finally looked at how to promote the creative industries as a whole.

“Interior designers are not in the main, likely to benefit from Project Merlin due to their structure, they will not comply with the terms to receive some of the cash,” said Brady.

“The Project Merlin was released at the beginning of February to increase business lending by 6% to £190m, but business leaders are complaining that as inflation is currently 3.5% – 4%, the increase in lending is virtually void. Small business lending at £76m is up 15%, but there is little evidence that banks are lending new money, they have been converting overdrafts into secured loans to comply with government targets but not lending new money, this may be good for the banks and compliant with government guidelines but it will not help amortise smaller companies that need help to drive the recovery.”

Brady went on to say that the restricted flow of credit has been crippling for many SBID members and liquidity is required to stop the tide of small firms going into administration, 98% of British business is made up by small medium enterprise (SME) and improved cashflow is the only way to reverse the downturn.

“However the government needs to go much further to help small business as there is still too much red tape and many have lost faith in the banking system.”

The Bank of England hold quarterly consultative meetings with selected trades and professions’ business leaders. These meetings linked with the House of Commons business leaders is extremely valuable to the design professional, finally the prejudices have been broken down as we demonstrate from a position of achievement and results the value of design as a serious business. Banks are trying to understand the risks of the design profession and in doing so can premium-load areas of high risk and lower rates where they feel less exposed. This will be good news for real business in the design industry and profession who have measures and qualifications in place thus demonstrating to lenders the probability of return in investment, thus improving borrowing opportunities by reducing risks.

“What is needed now is a serious move to cut the red tape that binds small businesses in employment law, availability of credit, payment terms and taxation in particular,” Brady said in May. The Government announced in August that they have acted on reducing red tape and are the first government to have reduced legislation rather than increased it when in office. Nat West Bank have provided a free of charge service to SBID members regardless of where you bank.

Vanessa Brady spoke among fellow members of the Kitchen and Bathroom Forum “The government declared a serious attempt to understand how small business works and can best be supported to help the recovery, we are in direct contact with government for business, education and export. As ever, our door at SBID is open for business open to opportunity and ready to deliver a serious and professional destination for interior design”.