SBID throws spotlight on issue of non-payment

September 11, 2019

(UK) – Society of British and International Design set to tackle a persistent taboo in interior design – the issue of non-payment – during Meet the Buyer event.

This all-too-common industry injustice is a challenge SBID will address head on through a panel discussion featuring an expert line-up, who will outline the issues and examine what’s being done to protect professionals. Designers, specifiers and manufacturers are invited 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.

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.

The seminar will take place at 10.30am on 24 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.