PP3 – Financial Management and Accounting for Designers (18/01/18)

Thursday 18th January 2018


Thursday 18th January 2018


9:00am to 5:00pm


Unwin Room | Royal Institute of British Architects | 66 Portland Place | London | W1B 1AD


  • BIID Members / £125.00
  • Travelling Members / £100.00
  • General / £180.00

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PP3 is the third instalment of four Professional Practice Seminars presented by Dr Rachel Smart

Rachel provides a structure for professional interior designers to rethink accounting and financial management for interior designers - introducing financial future planning, profitability, time management, fee setting as well as book keeping and accounting in a way that helps you to feel confident about these topics


The series of four seminars offer designers the opportunity to take time out from their job, or business, and review their approach and thinking for the future on each of the four core topics. The seminars can be attended as a block of four (giving a month to review/implement between) or as a one off session. 

Having developed these seminars with BIID members since 2003 based on their burning questions about professional practice, the seminars have evolved and developed to ensure that they cover contemporary practice whether sole practitioner or larger studio. Delegates range from students, early stage businesses and businesses with over 20 years’ experience giving a great opportunity of sharing within the group. 

This is an all-day event and a light sandwich lunch will be provided.


The sessions do not use PowerPoint, instead diagrams are drawn that explain how to 'rethink' your approach to matters faced each day by interior designers in relation to their work. These diagrams provide a framework for continued use when back in the studio. The diagrams and approach have been tested repeatedly with Rachel's clients since 2000 and with the BIID since 2003. During the session delegates will have the opportunity to put forward their own particular stumbling blocks and receive advice there and then that they can apply after the session. 

Every delegate is equipped to gradually and continuously improve the delivery of projects and the management of a studio to generate long-term business success in both design and financial terms. Improvements in professional practice make it much easier to win clients, earn appropriate fees, deliver projects smoothly and generate repeat business.    


Delegates range from students, early stage businesses and businesses with over 20 years’ experience giving a great opportunity of sharing within the group. 


Rachel Smart provides a unique combination of services for architects and designers including management consultancy and professional practice seminars. Her knowledge is informed by:

  • the understanding of a designer’s aspirations having trained in interior design for five years 
  • the experience of being director of a leading London architectural practice
  • the rigour of a Master’s in Business Administration at Durham University with a specialisation in design business strategy
  • the specialist knowledge of PhD research completed at Birkbeck focusing on successful design entrepreneurs and their firms
  • the practical knowledge gained by helping small design and architecture businesses to thrive since 2000
  • working with BIID since 2003 to develop professional practice for interior designers

Rachel offers a range of services to start-up, run and grow small design and architectural businesses for more profit and less stress. “Creative people want to get on with the job and not worry about management and paperwork. My intention is to help designers enjoy their businesses more and optimise their financial success.” Rachel Smart 

Additional information

Prices advertised are not inclusive of VAT.

*BIID member traveller rate:

To make our workshops more accessible to those based outside London, we are offering a discount to individuals whose offices are located more than 60 miles from the BIID office (EC2A 4PE). If this includes you, please book using the rates above. We will then contact you to verify your postcode.

To see if your office is located more than 60 miles please click here.

When booking please provide the name of the person who will be attending the event - we will use this for their delegate badge and materials.

All BIID events are subject to standard terms and conditions which can be read in full here.

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