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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.

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SBID history

SBID History

The Society of British & International Design (SBID) was founded in 2009 by Dr Vanessa Brady, OBE.

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Interior Design

SBID Partnerships

By forging regional, national and international partnerships, SBID works to protect, promote and celebrate interior design.

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Our Board & Directors

Collectively we have the experience, ability and tenacity to create a valued industry voice locally, nationally and around the world.

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Our relationship with SBID is a genuine partnership: as SBID has grown and developed, Interior Architecture and Design at the Arts University Bournemouth has been encouraged to grow and develop under the generous, constructive and critical friendship of the Society and their team of dedicated professionals. The benefit to the students who pass through, and graduate from, the course has been enormous, whether in being able to gain key insights into leading contemporary practice through lively debate and critique of their work on the course or employment opportunities across the creative industries at the highest level when they graduate. The students value the enhancements to their education that working together will bring. They know that they can depend on this relationship and the support of SBID long after they leave university, as they progress through their professional lives. The academic team at the Arts University Bournemouth are proud of their partnership with SBID and look forward to working with them in the years to come.

Russell Gagg – Course Director and Principal Lecturer

Arts University Bournemouth

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