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The British Institute of Interior Design
The British Institute of Interior Design is the pre-eminent professional organisation for interior designers in the UK. It is committed to encouraging and supporting creativity and competence in the field of interior design through facilitating best practice, practical professional support, development opportunities and education.
OHIM (the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market)
The European Design Registration Centre, has full membership of ACID. By joining ACID, OHIM (which includes the 27 member European states) has acknowledged ACID’s work – a clear reflection of ACID’s profile within the UK and European community.
Associate Parliamentary Design & Innovation Group
APDIG is the leading advocate for design and innovation in Parliament. their projects, activities and research bring together Parliamentairans, representatives from the design sector and innovation industries as well as academics, civil servants and policy makers. They are a trusted source of information for Parliamentarians and industry members.
The APDIG’s mission is to promote exchange and understanding, to enable Parliamentarians to enhance their knowledge of the issues and priorities for the design and innovation sectors, and to allow these sectors to communicate their value for both British business and the public sector.
The British Design Innovation
British Design Innovation is a not for profit membership organisation comprising strategically-led design and innovation consultants, university innovation teams, in-house design and innovation teams, art & design faculties and their graduates. The BDI mission is to foster collaboration between members and create an environment to deliver innovation. British Design Innovation
Pavilion Parade Brighton BN2 1RA
Telephone: 01273 621378
The annual exhibition shows some of the very best traditional and contemporary interior design merchandise available worldwide – furnishing fabrics, furniture and upholstery, lighting, floor and wall coverings, garden furnishings and all manner of decorative accessories. Every exhibitor is selected from the list of applicants by an expert Advisory Committee, to ensure quality of product, display and service to the trade.Decorex International is open daily to trade and professional visitors only – interior designers, home furnishings retailers, contract specifiers, interior architects – although the public is admitted on one evening.
The Enterprise Centre for the Creative Arts
The Enterprise Centre for the Creative Arts offers free one-to- one business advice sessions to London-based creative practitioners who are working freelance, starting or running their own business. The website has useful factsheets; email links to financial, legal and funding experts; over 400 links to support networks and organisations; and lists creative industry events.
Own-it provides free advice, resources and events on intellectual property including copyright, design rights, trade marks, patents and licencesUniversity of the Arts London
The London College of Communication
Elephant and Castle London SE1 6SBF
Telephone: + 44 (0)20 7514 7313
Licensingpages is the global business-to-business resource for those involved, or wanting to be involved, with brands and licensing. As well as giving insight and direction on all aspects of brands & licensing, Licensingpages helps artists and designers inexpensively showcase their characters, properties and designs to licensing agents and manufacturers. Artists & designers displaying their work in Licensingpages ‘Art Gallery’ are entitled to a 10% discount on ACID membership.
Macmillan House 96 Kensington High Street London W8 4SG
Telephone: Tel: 020 7082 0801
Mazorca Projects Ltd and Hidden Art
Mazorca Projects is a not-for profit organisation that assists in the long-term development of creative businesses (based in the Thames Gateway, Lee Valley and City Fringe areas).Hidden Art is Mazorca Projects’ main initiative which supports and promotes designer-makers through training, networking, showcasing events (such as the annual Hidden Art open studios in East London) and though an interactive web portal www.hiddenart.comFor futher information contact Mazorca Projects
Telephone: 020 7729 3301
Spring Fair Birmingham
The UK’s largest international home and gift trade exhibition with 4500 exhibitors attracting over 80,000 visitors. Split into 10 sectors to make it as easy as possible for buyers to find the products they are looking for: Tabletop, Jewellery, Gifts, Travel, Essentia, Festive, Greetings, Housewares, Design Accents and Gallery.
The Lighting Association
The Lighting Association was founded in 1939. The Association has developed into the largest organisation in Europe for companies and professionals in the lighting industry.They are a privately funded company owned by our members with an annually elected Board of Directors. The Association employs 14 full time staff including technical specialists.
Telephone: 01952 290905
The sdea gives you instant access to over 200 companies which produce specialist display systems, shopfittings, props and accessories for retail interiors. Our members are committed to providing the very best in retail display!The sdea site will help you source specific products, services and suppliers, and in many cases, link you direct to their sites.
Telephone: 01883 348911
The Design Council’s purpose is to ‘inspire and enable the best use of design by the UK, in the world context, to improve prosperity and well-being.’ It helps people and organisations in business, education, public services and government understand design and use it effectively as part of their strategy.
Telephone: 020 7420 5200
The Garden Industry Manufacturers Association ( GIMA)
Promotes the interests of all suppliers of ‘hard’ goods to the UK garden market , and its members’ Combined sales at retail level exceed ?1.5 billion.The association provides business support, information and advice, training, meetings with key speakers and customers, and runs the GIMA Awards annually to promote innovation in new products and marketing ideas.
DACS – the Design and Artists Copyright Society
DACS is the UK’s copyright and collecting society for artists and visual creators. We exist to promote and protect the copyright and related rights of artists and visual creators.Design and Artists Copyright Society
33 Great Sutton Street London EC1V 0DX
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7336 8811
The Furniture Ombudsman
The independent standards body for furniture (including floor coverings, kitchens and bathrooms). The Furniture Ombudsman provides a dispute resolution service and can perform on-site inspections of products. Full details of their service, including a list of current members is available from The Furniture Ombudsman website.
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APID, Association of Professional Designers
APID, The Association of Professional Interior Designers, was formed to be the apex body for the interior designer fraternity in the Middle East comprising of designers, design companies, suppliers, educators and students, all committed or related to this profession. Based in Dubai, UAE, it aims to have chapters in all the GCC and Middle Eastern countries.
Its aims and objectives are:
1. To promote the highest professional ideals of interior design to governmental bodies, industry and membership
2. To monitor standards of design and professional practice of membership
3. To be recognized as the authoritative body in all matters concerning professional interior design and practice within the Middle East
4. To be considered as a necessary constituent party in the education of interior designers by involvement in training and assessments
5. To be consulted as an authoritative body by other related professionals and to readily provide guidance and assistance as may be required to both membership and industry.
6. To stand equally alongside other representative societies and institutions and to participate fully in world wide events, debates and issues relating to professional interior design practice and interior design standards.
APID (Association of Professional Interior Designers) P.O Box 408 Dubai, U.A.E.
Telephone: +9714 3406161 or +97150 2958144
British Library Business and IP Centre
The British Library Business & IP Centre is designed to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business.The Centre offers free access to the UK’s most comprehensive collection of business and intellectual property information, including around 50 million patent specifications, unique databases on trade marks and registered designs, thousands of market research reports, company reports, trade journals, business directories and guides to legal information and government publications. British Library information experts are on hand to guide you to the resources.There is also a programme of workshops and events run by British Library experts and partners. Since opening in March 2006 we have welcomed over 34,000 people through the doors and, together with partners and have delivered more than 2,000 business advice sessions.
The Centre is free to use – all you need is a Reader Pass
Cockpit Arts supports and promotes the work of artists, designer-makers and product designers through all stages of their business development – from first beginnings through to international commercial success. It is the largest creative business incubator for designer-makers in the UK, housing a total of 165 creative practitioners working in a number of disciplines including fashion, jewellery and interior products, at its two London premises in Holborn, WC1 and Deptford, SE8. Those interested in studio spaces at Cockpit Arts, participating in our courses or finding out more can visit the Cockpit Arts Centre Website
The Guild of Jewellery Designers
The Guild of Jewellery Designers is a collaboration of British jewellery designer artisans ranging from part time enthusiasts to dedicated full time professionals offering support and networking.
As an organisation we want to create as many opportunities as possible for you to share, enjoy and learn about all aspects of jewellery making. Our aim is also to help promote UK jewellery designers and to offer our members substantial discounts for products and services ranging from tools to insurance and website building from participating supplier partners.
The website is the central hub of the guild where you can share your jewellery making techniques, hints and tips in the form of article tutorials or videos, source suppliers, and sell your products through our future online shop.
Visit the Guild of Jewellery Designers Website