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SBID represents, protects and promotes the interior design profession

The UK interior design industry is world-leading and we are proud to represent a diverse professional community consisting of the industry’s most skilled and proficient interior design practitioners. Our reputation for excellence spans the globe as we set industry standards in the UK and champion competence and best practice for enhancing the reputation, quality and delivery of interior design services around the world.

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What does SBID do?

  • Since 2009, we have led the way in establishing new trading standards through measured knowledge and education for members of the interior design industry.
  • As an organisation representing interior designers in professional practice, we support their development at every stage in their careers through specialist advice, resources and ongoing training.
  • We recognise that the industry is stronger with an appropriately equipped workforce. As well as accrediting interior design industry professionals and practitioners, SBID is authorised to accredit University course content for professional application.

Professional Accreditation for Interior Design

SBID is the leading British professional accrediting body for interior designers in the UK. SBID Accreditation represents professional competence and best practice through education, experience and continued professional development.

Our broad membership network comprises extraordinary design and industry professionals across both the commercial and residential sectors.

Representing the interior design industry on the global stage

SBID has been the trusted industry representative consulting with the UK Government for over a decade

Interior design is one of the UK’s largest-growing creative industries – it is innovative, diverse, competitive, and has a very bright future ahead. The UK design economy generated £85.2 billion in gross value added (GVA) in 2016, which was around 7% of the country’s total GVA that year. 2022 now represents a fresh landscape for investment from countries that recognise Britain’s potential as the third-largest creative industry in the world. We’re here to show that the British interior design sector is ready for international trade.

The SBID has been instrumental in liaising with the government on industry matters and Intellectual Property Protection. As part of the Genesis Initiative, the all-party lobby group for SME, SBID contribute to its Manifesto in representing the interests of small businesses across the UK, providing industry data to the Bank of England for the interior design profession, as well as working across the House of Lords and House of Commons for professional trading standards. The outcome has encouraged and enabled growth which generated a variety of trade agreements for the UK. SBID has, since its incorporation in 2009, proudly held the highest position of authority for professional interior design governance and growth.

(1) The Design Council

SBID’s founder, Dr Vanessa Brady OBE, was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2014 for services to the interior design industry and the UK economy. This honour is a testament to the incredible achievements of the organisation and our commitment not only to our members but to the design sector as a whole.

* SBID’s founder was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014: the Prime Minister’s list for services to the interior design industry and the UK economy.

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SBID History

The SBID was founded in 2009 by Dr Vanessa Brady OBE to promote and champion the profession of interior design.

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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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Russell Gagg

“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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