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SBID uphold rigorous trading standards to maintain professional interior design practices

SBID promote best practice for the interior design profession in the United Kingdom and around the world. Under SBID’s wing, professional members sustain and improve business and career prospects by operating at the highest levels of competence. The standards SBID uphold creates a route for professionals and trainees to enhance their professional profile, whilst creating valuable industry links.

Representing British interior design

SBID is a leading British professional accrediting body and representative of global interior design. SBID support professional trading standards for interior designers, architects and manufacturers; representing, defending and promoting interior design for its members across the UK and in 71 countries worldwide. It has ten regional offices across the UK and a franchise in Ukraine to support its mission to raise the profile of professional interior design.

Celebrating interior design excellence

As part of its extensive global interior design awards programme, SBID hosts the renowned annual international design awards and networking event at the House of Lords. Once a year, highly regarded design professionals from around the globe travel to London to attend this prestigious, sell-out ceremony in celebration of global interior design.


Accrediting interior design Honours Degree courses

SBID Get me 2 the Top Student Competition Winner for Public Space
SBID Get me 2 the Top Student Competition Winner for Public Space

SBID is authorised to accredit honours degree courses provided by accredited institutions in order to permit professional practice within the interior design industry. In 2015, SBID was listed as an official accrediting body of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) under the Key Information Set (now the Unistats Dataset) for interior design, where it registered five modules for a BA Interior Design course. This made SBID the first organisation in the industry to become a content provider for professional practice and education.

Shaping industry developments

Having been the interior design industry’s sole government representative for over a decade, SBID holds an influential position as the formal advocate of professional standards and business guidelines for interior design.

Making significant steps towards Trademark, Copyright and Intellectual Property Protection for the industry, SBID also meets with the Greater London Agency of the Bank of England each quarter to discuss the economic and business conditions affecting the SME sector. This has led to a variety of trade agreements in the UK and worldwide that in turn have helped to bolster the industry’s growth, despite the various difficulties of recent years.

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From Left: Leo Telling, BBC; Peter O Doherty, Detective Chief Superintendent, City of London Police; Dr Vanessa Brady OBE, SBID; Tony Nash, TM Eye Ltd.

Corporate Governance of SBID

In the course of SBID’s mission to transform the interior design profession, the SBID Board guides the strategic direction of all business activities and partnerships, adapting to market forces and ensuring SBID remains relevant to both the Government and the design industry.

The SBID Board is responsible for:

  • Decisions on the annual plan
  • Performance and reports
  • Procedures for professional practice
  • Share dialogue with thought-leadership bodies

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SBID History

Learn about SBID’s journey; from key challenges and successes to our mission for the future of interior design as we continue to grow and thrive in keeping with industry standards.

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SBID Partnerships

On behalf of its members and partners, SBID has protected, promoted and celebrated the interior design profession in the UK and around the world.

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SBID 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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