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Accrediting the best in UK Interior Design

The Society of British and International Design (SBID) is one of the leading British professional accrediting bodies, supporting professional and trading standards of UK Interior Designers, Architects and manufacturers. It is the sole representative organisation for the European Council of Interior Architects (ECIA) for the United Kingdom.

The organisation aims to promote best practice and expert knowledge in the interior design industry, create routes to market for interior design professionals and strengthen the links between emerging industry talent and the interior design industry.

SBID works with business experts, government bodies, trade associations and academics to guide and measure the profession through best practice; SBID membership include interior designers, architects, developers, specifiers and construction professionals. They operate across both the commercial and residential sectors and represent the range, diversity and international spread of the global design industry.

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SBID Vanessa Brady

Representing British Design globally

Not only are SBID the sole representative for British Interior Design on the European Council of Interior Architects (ECIA), they are also the selected representative for UK interior design with the all party business-lobby group (representing 99% of all UK businesses) led by Patron HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

SBID is active in 45 countries and is represented across the world through its partnerships and promotion of British design and product supply. It also has ten regional offices and a franchise in Ukraine.


SBID takes a role in lobbying bodies such as the UK Government, Parliament and the Bank of England in areas such as the improvement of UK trading standards, the promotion of industry growth, professional standards and business guidelines across the Interior Design sector. It is also a contributor to the Genesis Initiative, the National Senate for the UK SME Sector formed to improve the quality of the debate on SMEs and create economic reform. .

SBID have been instrumental in advising and promoting industry growth, professional standard and business guidelines for Interior Design. Since its inauguration in 2009, SBID has proudly held the highest position of authority for professional interior design UK governance and growth. The outcome has encouraged and enabled growth which generated a variety of trade agreements for the UK around the world.

To promote best practice in a number of interior design sectors, SBID has established Councils in Healthcare Design, Education Design, Colour, Construction and Fit-out. These panels bring together industry experts and the latest research to promote best practice to SBID accredited members and the wider UK interior design industry.

SBID launched a new digital platform SBIDPro, a digital engagement and knowledge hub for professional members.

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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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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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