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The Society of British and International Design is set to tackle a persistent taboo in the interior design industry – the issue of non-payment – during one of its biggest annual events for design professionals.

This all-too-common industry injustice is a challenge SBID will address head on during the forthcoming SBID Meet The Buyer event in October 2019. A panel discussion featuring an expert line-up will outline the issues and examine what’s being done to protect professionals. Designers, specifiers and manufacturers are all welcome to take part in the discussion.

Getting paid by a client at the end of a project can be a thorny issue for interior designers and is still one of the biggest challenges for many designers. With construction and interior design among the least regulated professions, many professionals in these industries remain at the mercy of clients when it comes to payment. When a client chances non-payment, which often occurs where the sums are substantial, the costs and delays incurred by the professional for court proceedings often outweigh the sum in question. In these cases, the designer or contractor is more willing to settle for a lower sum than the due amount.

Jo Frances

Joanne Frances
Interior Designer


Stephen Probert
Head of IP Office Mediation Service

Vanessa Brady

Dr Vanessa Brady OBE
Interior Designer & Founder of SBID

Speaking on the panel will be interior designer Joanna Frances, who recently won a case against a client for non-payment; Head of Intellectual Property Office Mediation Service Stephen Probert and SBID CEO Dr Vanessa Brady, OBE who has also had her own experiences of non-payment.

As a campaigner for regulation in the interior design industry, Vanessa Brady, has raised the issue of non-payment regularly at cross-party government meetings in parliament, and is now inviting the industry professionals who are likely to be or have been directly effected by the issue to openly engage with the experts and their peers to discuss their thoughts and experiences in one of the exclusive SBID Meet the Buyer Business Seminars.

The seminar will take place at 10.30am on Thursday 24th October as part of the SBID Meet The Buyer event, which brings together some of the best interior designers to meet face to face with leading design-led product manufacturers from around the world.

If you’re interested in attending this year’s event with access to the exclusive business seminars, click here to enquire about booking.


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