ASSOCIATIONS

SoFarSoNear UK is member of some influential British associations.

THE ARMY & NAVY CLUB
Army_&_Navy_logo The Club was founded in august 1837 as a response to the popularity of other service clubs in the area. Originally it was to be called the Army Club but the Duke of Wellington, Commander in Chief who became the Club’s first patron, insisted that membership should also be offered to officers of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. For the past 175 years, the Army & Navy Club (or ‘The Rag’ as it is affectionately known) has provided a base for its members – men and women who hold or have held a commission in the British or Commonwealth Armed Forces – in which they can socialise and relax. Delivering outstanding service in elegant surroundings for almost two centuries, SoFarSoNear are honoured to be celebrating The Rag’s 175th Anniversary in the same year that Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, marks the 60th year if her reign – her Diamond Jubilee. (www.therag.co.uk)
THE SOCIETY OF BRITISH & INTERNATIONAL DESIGN
SBID The Society of British and International Design (SBID) is the UK representative organisation to the European Council of Interior Design and Architecture (ECIA). SBID membership provides professional interior designers and manufacturers with a competitive business advantage. It endorses professional knowledge and ability and demonstrates a commitment to delivering the highest possible standards in professional interior design. They guide and measure the profession’s trading standards through practice, knowledge and education. They steer and aid their members in increasing their profile, protecting and promoting their reputation and creating new opportunities. The Society of British and International Design (SBID) is Britain’s standard-bearer organisation to the profession of interior design and the national organisation representative at the European Council (Interior Architects & Designers). (www.sbid.org)
THE BELGRAVIA RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
belgravia The Belgravia Residents Association, founded in 1972, promotes the conservation and enhancement of their unique urban environment. They are at the forefront of daily life, always on hand to support residents when they need help. They work closely with Westminster City Council, Grosvenor and the Metropolitan Police to improve the overall high standards of their community as well as help and advice individuals with residents’ particular concerns. (www.belgraviaresidents.org.uk)
THE MAYFAIR AND ST. JAMES ASSOCIATION
logo-mf copy The MSJA represents the interests of businesses in London’s two finest business districts, Mayfair and St James’s. The Association campaigns for and protects member interests through consultation with local government, particularly Westminster Council and the Mayor of London. The Association also acts as a networking forum – we are here to represent business interests and one of the most important interests is new business. We actively encourage members to support fellow members and with some of the best known companies in the UK as members, it is an effective networking group. (www.mayfairstjames.com)