Organisations and associations

Below a list of organisations and associations which may be of interest

Design Council a national strategic body for design.
Design Museum information on a variety of design issues
The Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) the world’s largest chartered body of professional designers and is unique in representing designers in all disciplines.
Design Association accredits and represents professional designers across the spectrum of design disciplines.
British Design Innovation a not for profit membership organisation whose services and professional membership reflect the increasing focus on open & collaborative innovation by designers, industry, universities and dealmakers.
The British European Design Group promotions many of the most talented designers in the creative industries in the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, USA, Asia and the Middle East.
Parliamentary Design Group a dynamic all-party forum dedicated to inspiring and engaging parliamentarians about the value of effective design in stimulating and supporting UK economic growth.
The Design Business Association exists to promote professional excellence through productive partnerships between commerce and the design industry
New design partners an online directory of UK design consultancies
Designers Block curates and produces international shows alongside major design events and trade shows.
National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) oriented towards teachers and educators in art and design
National Association of shopfitters (NAS) to promote a single authoritive voice for the shopfitting industry, protecting the interests of, and promoting dialogue between our members.
The Design Trust promotes the excellence of British design, it manages the Eureka project (which creates links between designers, retailers and manufacturers) and it helps designers with business training after they leave college.
Eureka celebrates the quality of British design and encourages designers, retailers and manufacturers to collaborate and bring new products to market
Re Design holds innovative, engaging, accessible events for public, design trade and business audiences throughout the year
D & AD (British Design & Art Direct) an educational charity that represents the global creative, design and advertising communities.
Design Nation to promote the excellence of British design internationally and to provide business support to designers wishing to set up in business.
BIDA: British Interior Design Association exists to promote and support the interior design and decoration professions.
The International Federation of Interior Architects/ Designers : unites and provides discussion of Interior Design issues.
Association of Interior Specialists (AIS) a trade association that represents companies involved in the manufacture, supply and installation of all aspects of interior fit-outs and refurbishments
The British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA): a trade association representing the UK contract furniture and furnishings industry.
The National Furniture Directory: aids British furniture makers promote there product to the trade and public.
The Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) aims support members’ businesses, add value to their products and processes and help improve their bottom line performance
Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers provides support and advice to people in the trade as wells as to consumers
British Furniture Confederation (BFC) a single voice of the furniture and bed industry
The association for British Furniture Manufacturers representing the membership, safeguarding the interests and promoting the standards and competitiveness, both nationally and internationally
ASFI – Association of Suppliers to the Furniture Industry a network and service provider for furniture industry suppliers
Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers to assay and to recognise the very finest pieces of furniture made in the United Kingdom.
Kitchen, bathroom and bedroom  
Institute of Kitchen Bedroom & Bathroom Installers (ikbbi) created to distinguish the best installers from the rest and to offer the UK consumer an opportunity to select the right installer
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association (KBSA) formed in 1978 by a group of independent retailers to improve professionalism within their industry
Independent Bathroom Specialist Association (ibsa) represent a selection of bathroom retailers meeting a certain membership criteria.
The National Bed Federation a trade association representing UK manufacturers of beds and mattresses and their suppliers.
Bathroom Manufacturers Association association to give the industry a recognised voice, aimed towards government and Industry Regulators within the UK
Lighting & electrical  
Professional Lighting Designers’ Association a voluntary federation of lighting designers and lighting consultants
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) provides a global knowle network to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas and promotes the positive role of Science, Engineering and Technology in the world.
The Lighting Association promote and protect members & provides marketing and technical services in the lighting business
Other disciplines  
British Council Section on Furniture and interiors
The British Interior Textiles Associations (BITA) a trade association for the British interior textile industry
Cultural Industries Development Agency (CIDA) a the leading support organisation for the creative and cultural sector.
Society of designer craftsmen to emphasise designer-making where innovation, orginality and quality are paramount.
UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO) the official government body responsible for granting Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom (UK).
Intellectual Property Institute aims to provide knowledge and expertise for industry, policy makers, professionals and the general public, in order to foster a legal, social and regulatory climate that supports an innovation-based economy.
ACID (Anti Copying In Design) a hard-hitting “not for profit” trade organisation created to combat the growing threats of plagiarism in the design and creative industries
The Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (IPHE) a professional and technical body for all plumbing and heating professionals
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) the largest trade association in the UK building industry.
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is the representative forum for the professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations in the construction industry.
UK Green Building Council their mission is to dramatically improve the sustainability of the built environment by radically transforming the way it is planned, designed, constructed, maintained and operated.
British Association for Modern Mosaic to promote, encourage and support excellence in contemporary mosaic art, and to raise public awareness of modern mosaic art through exhibitions, publications, events and related educational activities.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to protect people’s health and safety by ensuring risks in the changing workplace are properly controlled.
Safety in Design (SID) to support designers in the built environment and to provide benchmarked standards for knowledge and competence for designers.
Royal Society of Arts encourages public discourse and critical debate by providing platforms for leading experts to share new ideas on contemporary issues.
IHS – The Construction Information Service provides fundamental industry information and legislation, as well as
additional sector material
The Access Association aims to improve access and facilities for disabled people and consequently
for all people who would benefit from an accessible environment.