And the finalists are….

After a record-breaking year for nominations, the finalists in this year’s BITA Industry Awards can now be revealed.

Launched in 2017, the BITA Awards recognise excellence in creativity and service across the sector.  The finalists range from the best designers and suppliers right the way to the best sales agents.

Diane Harding, BITA Director & Secretary said “The BITA Awards offer a credible endorsement of excellence which allows winners to stand out from the crowd.  There is no better recognition than that of your contemporaries and with winners decided solely on the votes of those from within industry the BITA Industry Awards set a standard of excellence by those who know best.”

Caroline Adam, Sales and Marketing Manager at Pike Textiles, sponsors of this years awards, said….“Pike Textiles have been at the forefront of fabric, wallpaper and window blind sampling solutions for 126 years with Excellence and Innovation being the two foundations of our business. 

Working with world leading brands and market leading retailers, we always have an eye on best practice and are pleased to be sponsoring an award recognising the best in field Sampling Solution through BITA.”

Winners will be announced at a Summer Ball, which will be held later in the year.  Details will be announced in due course.

Here are the BITA Awards 2018 finalists…..

Best Fabric Brand
Prestigious Textiles
Jacqueline Milton

Best Blind Supplier
Green & Brown

Best Pole & Track Supplier
Hallis Hudson
Bradley Collection
Jones Interior

Best Made to Measure Service
Windmill Workroom
English Rooms
Regal Blinds

Best Trimmings Supplier
Jones Interior

Best Cushion Supplier
Fine Quality Feather
Hallis Hudson
Margo Selby

Best Wallcoverings Brand
Cole & Son
Harlequin/Style Library

Best Independent Sales Agent
John Northwood
Steve Houghton
James Thomson
Andrew Bennett

Best Employed Sales Rep
Peter Barnett – Green & Brown
Stephen Green – Prestigious
Jon Ashdown – Clarke & Clarke
James Vardy – iLiv

Best Supplier for Customer Service
Jones Interior
Hallis Hudson

Best Sample Design
Ashley Wilde
Olivia Bard

Best Readymade Curtain Supplier
Ashley Wilde

Best Bedlinen Supplier
Style Library
The Portofino Studio
Ashley Wilde



January Furniture Show 2018 – A Huge Success!

The UK’s biggest furniture and interiors event, The January Furniture Show took place on 21st-24th January at the NEC, Birmingham, attracting over 20,000 trade and retail buyers, including 5,000+ interior designers and contract specifiers seeking high quality, commercially focused fabrics and soft furnishings.

BITA were proud to partner up with organisers of the show to offer BITA members with an affordable platform to exhibit in the fabrics and soft furnishings pavilion.  Attending BITA members were Art of the Loom, Norfolk House Consultants, Edmund Bell and Jacqueline Milton.

BITA member, Interior fabric designer, Jacqueline Milton said “…It was the easiest trade show I’ve ever done! BITA took care of everything for me, from setting up the display to manning the stand. I had daily updates, leads and a full visitor list after the show. I was delighted with the results, not only were the leads really positive, I’ve already had new customers sign up!”

Building on the success of 2018, organisers of the event have released dates for 2019: 20th to 23rd January.

Event director, Cleere Scamell of Clarion Events said “We were delighted to work with BITA this year as there is great synergy between the show and the interests of the BITA members which we are very happy to support and help with growing their client base.

The January Furniture Show is a diverse event which serves the whole of the UK furniture industry, including fabrics, textiles and interiors which are all key parts of a sector with which BITA helps us connect.”

Further information can be found at  BITA members who wish to express an interest in the 2019 show can do so by contacting


BITA (British Interiors & Textiles London Showcase)

Chelsea Harbour Hotel, March 4th – 5th (during London Design Week)

With the show opening at the same time as London Design Week, on Sunday 4th March just a stone’s throw away from the Design Centre, visitors can see Spring collections from a wide range of top brands.

BITA will be returning for another year to Showcase fresh and innovative products for all your interior and textile needs. This popular, trade only show is held in the ballroom overlooking the gorgeous yachts in the harbour – a lovely backdrop to browse a range of stunning products at your leisure, whilst enjoying complimentary tea & coffee and a canapé lunch. A great way to make the most of your trip to London Design week!

Pre-register for FREE Entry at

  “We always look forward to exhibiting at the BITA London showcase; we enjoy the opportunity to meet new people and connect with our existing customers, whilst presenting our latest collections in a relaxed and intimate environment.” Andrew Hoyle, Sales and Marketing Director, Edmund Bell. Regular exhibitors

“Needing a suitable platform on which to display our products for the first time in the U.K., we felt that the BITA exhibition would be ideal. With so many visitors in attendance it will provide the perfect opportunity to show people just who and what Ladna is.” Ladna Embroidery Studio, First time exhibitors

Show times:

Sunday  4th March 10am – 5pm

Monday 5th March 9.30am – 4pm

Enjoy viewing new collections from exhibitors such as Bennett Silks, Chatham Glyn, Edmund Bell, Fabricut, Hallis Hudson, Interior Solutions Sales Agencies, Just Dining Chairs, Ladna Embroidery Studio and Sanders and many more.

Over 800 visitors and 50+ exhibitors/brands enjoyed last year’s BITA’S CHELSEA HARBOUR two day show and we are expecting even more in 2018 our 11th year of exhibitions.

For further information and photos please contact:

Tel: 01908 410598 extension 5

BITA Masterclasses – Want to attend? Maybe even host?

The British Interior Textiles Association are hosting specialist masterclasses across the country for Textile Design students and new graduates to learn more about the essential skills needed to make you interview ready!

Next Date & Venue:
Prestigious Textiles, Bradford
Thursday 16th November 2017
This event is free of charge for BITA members or £20 per ticket (inc VAT & lunch).
To book your tickets please contact or call 01908 410598 (ext 5)

Too far or not a convenient date? – let us know and we will let you know when there are other dates and places over the coming months.

We at BITA have many years’ experience in recruiting designers for many of the top furnishing design studios, brands & mills in the UK and abroad. We have a panel of some of the most talented and experienced Furnishing Fabric and Wallcovering Design Directors, Managers and Designers to talk to you about how they got to where they are today and what they look for when recruiting new designers.

The events will cover the following:


–              Do’s and Don’ts about structuring your CV
–              What to include in your portfolio and why?
–              How to conduct yourself in Interviews and how to follow up afterwards?


–              Hear their career stories and receive their help to shape your future career
–              Networking opportunities with Textile Industry Recruiters and Designers

–              NB At Prestigious Textiles on 16 November you will get to see how fabric collections are created, warehoused and shipped around the world too.


–              Trend forecasting and colour awareness
–              Building your personal brand and the importance of self-promotion online
–              Being commercially aware

Also present your CV/portfolio to experienced Industry Recruiter Diane Harding, for your chance to get one to one advice and be considered for future textile designer roles (UK and internationally).

What have attendees and presenters had to say about previous events?

‘The event was a huge success, and enabled students to hear about important aspects of the design industry from key speakers with experience. The live interview element also broke down the ‘mystery’ of what happens at an interview and how students can best prepare their portfolios and understand what types of questions are asked..’ Donna Claypool – Bolton University

‘The professional workshop was an extremely helpful and insightful session, to help advise on what I need to do to achieve my dream job in the Textiles industry. The session was incredibly valuable as it opened my eyes to what I need to develop in my portfolio – and who better to advise me than the experts themselves!’ – Megan Stolley, Student.

“I was delighted to share my experiences as a Design & Colour Consultant with such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable group of students and tutors. The mock interview scenario must have been a super insight into the cold reality of the search for that career in the design industry – something I hope has helped students prepare for the next step in their career journey.” Chris Hodgson – Colourist for Prestigious Textiles

‘The event definitely put things into context for me.’ – Student

‘A fantastic session – especially the interview!!’ – Student

‘The session was really amazing and so informative. I’ve learned so much and feel more inspired – it was great’ – Student

Interested in holding a similar event?

The British Interiors & Textiles Association are looking for Textile Design Colleges and Universities to sponsor these Masterclasses.  Are you able to supply a Seminar Theatre/Private Room and pay from just £300 ex vat towards the speakers time and expenses?  In return your College/University can invite as many of their own students/graduates to attend as they wish free of charge. In addition, have your logo and address promoted to 1000’s of Designers around the Country as we promote this event.

Businesses can hold this event free of charge at your offices.

For further information – Email Alternatively call 01908 410598 (ext. 5)

BITA Textile Designers Career Masterclass

BITA Textile Designers Career Masterclass

To be held at Prestigious Textiles on Thursday 16th November 2017

The British Interiors and Textiles Association (BITA) will be delivering an inspiring educational masterclass to Textiles and Surface Design students and new graduates with the help of the design team at Prestigious Textiles.

Aiming to advise the next generation of textile designers on how to stand out from the crowd in the Textile Design Industry; the event on Thursday 16th November 2017 will be offering invaluable advice on the importance of work experience, what makes a great portfolio & CV and how to prepare for career interviews.

With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Diane Harding (Marketing Director of BITA and Managing Director of Norfolk House Consultants) will give insight into her career highlights including how she built her own business, winning several awards on the way, including COSMOPOLITAN MAGAZINE’S – ‘ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR’ in 1994.

“Educating new designers on the process needed to get the job of their dreams, is something I feel passionately about. In the same position myself all those years ago, I really wanted to impart my industry knowledge and experience gained onto the next generation of skilled and ambitious designers.”  Diane Harding

In addition – the design team at Prestigious Textiles will explain to new Textile design graduates and students how they create award winning collections and what they look for when recruiting new designers to join their team.

 The event also includes mock interviews which allow new designers to gain feedback on their own trend research and portfolios.  A great way to learn first hand how to present themselves and their work to potential employers.

Last year BITA ran the same event at Bolton University and intends to take the Masterclass across the country to venues which will include Design Colleges and Companies within the trade.

‘The event was a huge success, and enabled students to hear about important aspects of the design industry from key speakers with experience. The live interview element also broke down the ‘mystery’ of what happens at an interview and how students can best prepare their portfolios and understand what types of questions are asked..’ Donna ClaypoolBolton University

Students comments included: ‘The event definitely put things into context for me.’ ‘A fantastic session – especially the interview!!’ ‘The session was really amazing and so informative. I’ve learned so much and feel more inspired – it was great’


For further information please contact:
Tel: 01908 410598 ext. 5