The Commercial Interiors UK Annual Luncheon: Celebrating Success and Innovation

On November 2nd, the opulent Royal Lancaster Hotel in London played host to the most significant event on the calendar for the commercial interiors industry – the Annual Luncheon organized by Commercial Interiors UK. This annual gathering has solidified its reputation as the most prominent event for designers, architects, manufacturers, and suppliers in the commercial interiors sector. It’s a day of celebration, reflection, and the exchange of innovative ideas.

“It’s the only event that brings us all together from all areas of our industry,”

Carolyn Mitchell, Commercial Interiors UK Chair, in her keynote address to the guests, emphasized the unique role that the Annual Luncheon plays in uniting professionals from all corners of the commercial interiors sector. “It’s the only event that brings us all together from all areas of our industry,” she noted. Her address didn’t stop there; she also touched on the prevailing issue of inflation, highlighting the prolonged impact it has had on the sector.

Carolyn Mitchell, Commercial Interiors UK Chair

In an ever-evolving industry, technology has become an essential component of commercial interiors. Carolyn highlighted the pivotal role that technology, including smart solutions and augmented virtual reality, plays in transforming the way we design and experience commercial spaces. The integration of such technology offers a glimpse into the future of the sector, where creativity and functionality are enhanced through digital innovation.

Colleagues and friends had a fantastic time together

Another notable aspect of the event was the recognition of Design Insider as the dedicated media partner of Commercial Interiors UK. This unique partnership sets the association apart, providing a valuable platform that amplifies the brands and services of its
members. As the only trade association with such a tool, it underscores the organization’s commitment to fostering collaboration and growth within the commercial interiors community.

Sean Holt, Managing Director of Commercial Interiors UK

The event also marked the introduction of Sean Holt as the new Managing Director of Commercial Interiors UK and Design Insider. In his speech, Sean outlined his vision and objectives, alongside the board, to further expand the organization’s membership, enhance the benefits members receive, and establish Design Insider as the leading industry journal. His mission is to promote collaboration within the commercial interiors community, setting a path toward continued innovation and progress in the field.

Over 550 guests were welcomed to this year’s luncheon

One of the highlights of the Annual Luncheon was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Panaz. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry throughout their careers. In 2023,
the award was presented to Colin Mustoe MBE, a truly deserving recipient.

Colin Mustoe MBE received the Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Panaz

Colin Mustoe’s journey in the commercial interiors industry began in 1976 when he founded Kingsway Contracts, which later evolved into Senator International and is now known as The Senator Group. In 2022, The Senator Group achieved a remarkable milestone, with a turnover exceeding £220 million pounds. Beyond his impressive business success, Colin Mustoe’s MBE, awarded in 2017, was for services to Manufacturing and Charity. His commitment to the Blackburn Youth Zone and his dedication to apprenticeships have left an indelible mark on the industry. He has consistently advocated for the inclusion of young talent, further emphasizing the importance of investing in the industry’s future.

ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent contestants Welsh of the West End

The event concluded on a high note with entertainment provided by Welsh of the West End, known for their stunning performances on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent contestants Welsh of the West End

Their renditions of musical theatre classics have garnered over 18 million views online and captivated audiences at iconic venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the London Palladium.

After dinner guests moved through in to the to continue their conversations

Reflecting on the success of the event Sean Holt said:

“The Annual Luncheon is not just a celebration of our industry’s accomplishments, but also a platform to foster new relationships, share ideas, and explore business opportunities. This year’s event was a testament to the industry’s resilience, innovation, and commitment to collaborate. With over 525 attendee’s I can now see why this is the must attend event for those working in the commercial interiors sector.”

The Annual Luncheon is a celebration of our industry

The Annual Luncheon has once again proven itself as the highlight of the commercial interiors industry calendar, uniting professionals, recognizing achievements, and inspiring a brighter future. It would not have been possible without the generous support of its sponsors, who are industry giants in their own right. We would like to say a big thank you to the 2023 sponsors: Agua Fabrics, Edmund Bell, GP&J Baker, Hansgrohe, Hypnos Contract Beds, Muraspec, Panaz.

Design Insider was delighted to welcome our guests Rachel Withey and Sarah Dodsworth, Founding Partners of Ekho Studio


About Alys Bryan

Alys is a knowledgeable design editor who is focused on instigating conversations, both online and in-person, with industry experts which challenge, educate and advance the commercial interior sector. Her training and 15 years of professional experience as a furniture designer for the commercial sector makes her uniquely placed to lead Design Insider as Editor
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