Surface Design Show (SDS) is a professional and business event. You may be required to show proof of your profession (eg a business card) at the entrance.
All attendees, be they visitors, exhibitors, press or speakers, to SDS must hold a valid badge and be registered for the current show either at the event or pre-show.
Visitors must have a business-related interest in design, architecture or associated industries.
Badge holders must not allow their badges to be worn by anyone else.
Anyone obtaining a show attendee badge by theft, deception or other illegal means may be asked to leave the event.
No one under the age of 16 is able to attend SDS. It is a business event and the presence of children is not encouraged.
Anyone attending SDS must not take part in any canvassing, leafleting, demonstrations, objectionable behaviour or any activity which may disrupt the business activities at the event.
The Organisers reserve the right to exclude or remove anyone from the event and venue who does not comply with this policy or who they reasonably consider are likely to break these rules or who are prohibited from attending under any applicable laws or regulations.
Press badges at the event are restricted to publishers, editors, journalists, photographers, broadcasters and bloggers associated with the relevant industries. Members of the press may be required to complete an application form and produce accreditation in the form of a photocopy of a recognised press or media card, business card, NUJ card, a letter from the editor or an official web address linking to a press release or article in order to verify their position.
Due to the health and safety restrictions of the venue, pushchairs or buggies will not be allowed to enter the event. The aisles are very busy and in the event of a fire, pushchairs or other buggies may impede a swift exit of the building.
Groups of students will only be allowed to attend SDS if they have written permission from either the Event Director or Head of Marketing. Individual students are allowed to enter the events.
Non-exhibiting companies attending SDS are requested not to solicit for business on the show floor or from exhibitors within the show environs.
By choosing to allow your badge to be scanned by an exhibitor, sponsor or for a seminar session when at SDS, you consent to providing the exhibitor, sponsor and organisers with your personal data provided when registering. This personal data may be used by the exhibitor or sponsor to contact you about their products or services and could transfer this data outside of the European Economic Area for these purposes.
The venue reserves the right to refuse anyone entry to the venue at their discretion and any person who fails to comply with instructions from a steward or other person acting on behalf of the venue may be asked to leave.
“Surface Design Show gives us access to clients we wouldn’t usually meet and so it opens new opportunities that we wouldn't find at any other show.”
“Smashing day at the Surface Design Show at the BDC today. Some seriously outstanding products on show over the past couple of days.”
Off The Wall Creative
“An outstanding show for us, great location and very high quality of interactions with architects and designers. Surface Design Show 2020 has delivered great opportunities for us!”
Lignia Wood Company
“Great show - lots of interesting new products. Inspirational!”
Gaby Higgs Architects
"It was my first time visiting Surface Design Show and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is a fantastic array of surfaces on show and so much to see.”
Hurley Palmer Flatt
“I really liked the show. I think it was very well organised and I liked the type of visitors, that were serious, attentive and showed a lot of interest. There was a lot of promotion before and during the show.”
King Kong Design
“Surface Design Show this year has delivered us exactly the audience we wanted to talk to: architects, specifiers and designers. To gather these people together in one room for three days is priceless.”