Designed for Business - A competition that connects students with 16 prestigious industry experts.\n\n\n\nThe Society for British & International Design (SBID) is facilitating an important link between creative education and business with its new \u2018Designed for Business\u2019 competition.\n\n\n\nIn a bid to showcase emerging talent across five creative sectors - Art, Fashion, Interior Design, Product Design and Interior Decoration - the competition connects students with 16 prestigious industry experts, providing inspiration through their differing routes to business.\n\n\n\nIn partnership with BE OPEN Think Tank, the competition\u2019s panel of judges came together on 18 September to assess and nominate entries, with the category winners being announced on 29 October.\n\n\n\nThe five category winners will be given \u00a31,000 each at the awards ceremony that will be held at the House of Commons on 29 November, when the overall winner will be announced and presented with a prize of \u00a330,000.\n\n\n\nThe prestigious panel of judges comprises figures from companies including: \n\n\n\nSebastian Conran AssociatesAmazon UKChristie\u2019s EducationJohn LewisAmaraHG DesignworksX+Q ArtVitrA\n\n\n\nThey asked a selection of the judges to provide insight into their own personal route to business and to offer advice for young creatives starting out on their path today.\n\n\n\nTurn your passion into a viable business\n\n\n\nSam Hood, Founder & Creative Director of Amara:\n\n\n\n\n\u201cI discovered my passion for interiors later on in my career. That led me to re-design my own home which turned into a business which was initially run from my kitchen table, then onto a retail space.We soon saw the possibility as an online only retailer and that\u2019s when Amara.com was officially launched\u201d.\n\n\n\nDiana Celella, Founding Director of The Drawing Room & President of SBID:\n\n\n\n\u201cMy advice to a young graduate would be to listen and learn from experienced designers. To be successful in the creative industries you have to be passionate about design, it is more than a job, it is all encompassing. You need to live, love and breath design\u201d.\n\n\n\nJane Hay, International Managing Director of Christie\u2019s Education:\n\n\n\n\u201cImmerse yourself in the creative hub in your city, live where the creative people live and work, and insert yourself into their world. Spend six months listening to the conversation before you start selling yourself \u2013 you will learn a lot. Any job is better than no job \u2013 it\u2019s about being there and gaining visibility\u201d.\n\n\n\nRussell Gagg, Course Leader for BA (Hons)\nInterior Architecture & Design at Arts University\nBournemouth:\n\n\n\n\n\u201cI would travel - there is no better inspiration\u201d.