The UK design industry is world leading. With some of the most highly regarded brands in Great Britain among over 600 interior design practices Accredited by SBID.
In 2009, SBID led the way to create trading standards through measured knowledge and education for the profession of interior design. As a dynamic organisation representing its members in professional practice, ️SBID recognise that the industry is stronger with an appropriately equipped workforce. As well as accrediting industry professionals, SBID are authorised to accredit course content for professional application. Accrediting suitable interior design courses provided by universities with degree awarding powers.
As the industry representative connecting with government for over a decade, SBID have been the daily cohort for the interior design sector throughout Covid to the government. As an essential investment to business, interior design is one of the UK’s largest growing creative industries. It is innovative, diverse and competitive. The design economy generated £85.2 BN in gross value added (GVA) to the UK in 2016(1), equivalent to 7% of UK GVA. 2021 now represents a fresh landscape for investment from countries who 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.
SBID is the leading British professional accrediting body and representative of global interior design, supporting professional trading standards for UK interior designers, architects and manufacturers.
SBID’s broad membership network comprises extraordinary design and industry professionals across the commercial and residential sectors, presenting its annual SBID International Design Awards to further champion the industry and promote design talent throughout the profession.
SBID is the official UK partner to a variety of overseas trade events, particularly in France and Italy where together we are renowned for our leadership in design. In the Gulf States and the USA, SBID holds unique partnerships to create opportunities for trade and promotion of British design and product supply.
The SBID have been instrumental in liaising with 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 at this highly accredited and influential body.
In 2021, Genesis launched the first Visa card for SME in response to cash flow pressures on small business caused by coronavirus. Genesis selected SBID of the interior design sector to be among its 132 multi-industry membership organisations to pilot-test the credit card with SBID members.
* 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.
(1) The Design Council
The SBID was founded in 2009 by Dr Vanessa Brady OBE to promote and champion the profession of interior design.
By forging regional, national and international partnerships, SBID works to protect, promote and celebrate interior design.
Collectively we have the experience, ability and tenacity to create a valued industry voice locally, nationally and around the world.
“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.”
Arts University Bournemouth
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