British Interiors & Textiles Association
BITA is the voice of British Interiors & Textiles and aims to inform, support and promote all aspects of the Interiors & Textiles industry for the mutual benefit of the industry as a whole. We link our members with suppliers and services including: relevant associations, affiliations and governing bodies, in the UK and beyond. BITA is dedicated to the prosperity of this exciting industry.
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Posted by: BITA Team 24 Jul 2015

BITA is the voice of British Interiors & Textiles and aims to inform, support and promote all aspects of the Interiors & Textiles Industry for the mutual benefit of the industry as a whole. We link our members with suppliers and services including: relevant associations, affiliations and governing bodies, in the UK and beyond. BITA is dedicated to the prosperity of this exciting industry. 

 

Key Benefits

  • Discounted exhibition space at BITA showcases.
  • Promotion of your services on the website
  • BITA’s Facebook Trade Only Forum
  • Monthly supplier offers and discounts – you can offer you own to other members too!
  • A quarterly full colour ‘Review’ newsletter, which you can advertise in.
  • Fabric Sourcing Service
  • Affiliations with Smart Currency & Utilitywise
  • Discounted Insurance e.g. for Public Liability.
  • Discounts for our chargeable Masterclass held around the UK.
  • Discounts on trade and commercial magazine advertising.
  • Help and advice with the following: Health & Safety and HR – Pensions – Buying Power – Sub Contractors – Holiday Pay and any other business services that you require assistance with.
  • BITA’s advice line – call us for help with: where to find your fitters & curtain makers; a database of potential customers; suppliers & manufacturers and all your other interior and textiles needs.
  • Use the BITA logo on all your marketing and business literature.

 

The Voice of the Textile Industry

  • BITA speaks on behalf of its members to a wide range of organisations; so membership of BITA means your views are heard!
  • BITA regularly consult with the Government to ensure that the achievements and needs of our industry are brought to the attention of Members of Parliament and Civil Servants.
  • BITA representatives sit on a number of technical committees to ensure the views of the industry are taken into account on areas such as standards (British, European and International standards) and the environment.
  • BITA is an active member of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT). Membership of this organisation means BITA members join over 2000 other companies in a very large and active trade body. UKFT talks on behalf of the whole textile and fashion pipeline; is very active in lobbying on behalf of the industry and provides an excellent network.
  • BITA members are able to attend seminars run by UKFT at discounted rates; recent seminars have covered topics such as Selling to Russia, An Introduction to Licencing and the very popular How to Get Paid.
  • BITA members are also listed in Sources; the UKFT’s listing of its members (distributed worldwide).
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The BITA Facebook Trade Only Forum

As BITA understands the power and importance of social media, especially communication with customers and potential partners, we created the BITA TRADE ONLY FORUM on Facebook.

This group is entirely dedicated to giving you and your industry peers a place to discuss business, promote new collections or just to ask a question and get some help.

We have 1000+ members and that number is constantly growing, with our active promotions resulting in nearly 200 new members already in 2015 far. If you want to be part of this exciting forum, simply click on the Facebook icon above and make sure you have your company name on your profile. We want to keep it trade only - for the privacy and convenience of all our members, both suppliers and trade customers.

We would also be happy to manage new Facebook posts for you. Simply make sure you have joined the forum, email your updates to marketing@norfolkhouse-uk.com and like and share once we have posted!

The BITA Directory and Website (www.interiortextiles.co.uk)

The BITA online directory is an invaluable tool for both BITA members and anyone wanting to connect with them. We have a complete profile of each company that is part of the association and we give potential customers a great opportunity to navigate their way to the right supplier. The website receives a large number of hits from all over the world and provides a searchable database of members' products. Listing on the BITA website is FREE for all BITA members.

Product Sourcing Service

Exclusive to BITA members is our Interiors & Textiles Product Sourcing Service!

Imagine your customers knowing exactly what fabric design, texture, product type or colour they require but not knowing that you supply it. BITA connects your customers with you to ensure that this is no longer a problem.

We receive leads daily about products and designs that interior designers, soft furnishing retailers and other manufacturers are looking for on a daily basis and we connect these potential customers to the right supplier!

The BITA Review

Issued quarterly, The Review is full of information that is relevant to your business. Find out about sector specific information, funding opportunities from Brussels, the latest government training opportunities and upcoming seminars.

New and exclusive: Now you can advertise your products and services in BITA's newsletter. This is emailed and posted to over 15k potential customers. Don't forget: members and exhibitors get 10% discount on all advertising and editorial space.

The BITA Showcase

Our very popular BITA Showcases provide a fantastic and economical way for BITA members to see their existing customers and meet new ones.

In March 2015 BITA was delighted to celebrate our 15th showcase event in 8 years – that's 92 days of exhibitions!

Over 70 Fabulous Brands of Furnishing Fabrics, Curtains, Blinds, Poles, Trimmings, Cushions, Wallpapers, Bedlinen and other Accessories are exhibited at the shows. Our visitors also enjoy:
  • Free Entry
  • Free Parking (except London)
  • Free Tea & Coffee All Day
  • Complimentary Buffet Lunch or Canapés at all venues
  • Complimentary tickets to our Masterclasses
The BITA Showcases continue to grow in popularity and gain more visitor interest year after year. Our Spring Showcase took place in London, on 8 and 9 of March 2015, at the beautiful Chelsea Harbour's 5* Chelsea Harbour Hotel with over 600 visitor pre-registrations from 300 companies. Our Autumn Roadshow Showcases will give exhibitors and visitors access to 6 shows across the UK - in Manchester, Nottingham and will culminate with two days at London's Hilton Syon Park (next door to Decorex). See the Showcase pages for full information.

For regular updates, you can get in touch with BITA. For more pictures of the showcases and exhibitors' collections you can also find us on . NB: Non-members pay 15% surcharge to exhibit with us!

BITA's partnership with Smart Currency Business

BITA's partnership with international payment specialist Smart Currency Business will provide your business with a wide range of information and services. Smart Currency Business has been working with interiors and textiles companies for over ten years to help them minimise losses and mitigate risk on currency exchange transactions.

"Smart Currency Business provides more than currency exchange transactions," says Alex Bennett, the company's sector business specialist. "The Smart Currency Business ethos is to provide clients with added value, through sharing industry-specific news, insights and educational content, networking opportunities, and hospitality arrangements.

Joining force and pooling resources allows BITA members to maximise their business opportunities. Contact marketing@norfolkhouse-uk.com for more information.

BITA's partnership with Utilitywise

Utilitywise is proud to be selected as the preferred Energy Partner for BITA, trade association for the UK interior textiles industry.

Thousands of businesses of all sizes rely on us for their energy and water management needs, whether at one site or across the UK.

We have access to prices from major gas and electricity suppliers in the UK, allowing us to find an energy price for your business and removing the hassle of dealing with your energy account.

Key Benefits:
  • Fixed price contracts for up to five years.
  • Reduction of energy consumption through a wide range of auditing, monitoring and reduction services.
  • Central billing - for customers with multiple sites
  • Excellent customer service

Promoting Design Talent

BITA organises the Emerging Talent Award to recognise the wealth of design talent in the UK. The competition is open to all undergraduates, or those who have graduated in the past three years.

Hundreds of entries are received and are judged by leading directors from the industry. The winning entry plus the runners up are displayed during the Autumn BITA Showcase.

In 2013 the FIRST PRIZE of £1000 and a week's work experience placement in the design studio at PRESTIGIOUS TEXTILES, one of the UK's TOP furnishing brands, was awarded to Natalie Radcliff.

For further information, please contact David King, on 07514 282475 or by email: David.King@Norfolkhouse-uk.com

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