Events & Training

Whether junior designer or design leader, account handler or MD everyone benefits from fresh perspective, knowledge-share, new insights and debate.

Our events and training courses are renowned within the industry for their quality, relevance and proven capability to boost the confidence and performance of individuals and teams.

From lively networking events to skills development workshops, from in-depth business growth programmes to stimulating round-tables, our extensive range of events and training has something to offer every member of your team, across all roles and levels within your business.

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In-house training

Bring our leading design industry specific workshops to your office. If you have a group of 6 or more people you can save on travel costs, time and course fees when our expert trainers come to you.

All of our workshops are available to be delivered in-house and they can be tailored to suit the specific needs of your team and your business. Fees cover all course materials, couriers and tutor fees. You just need to provide the space for the workshop to take place, catering and AV equipment.

Benefits of in-house training:

  • Enjoy the flexibility and convenience of bringing our highly regarded training courses to you. 
  • Provide a learning experience for your team which is specific to your organisation and to the needs of your business. 
  • Choose from our standard courses listed below, or chat to us about tailoring a course to your needs or creating a bespoke course. 
  • Reduce time out of the office and bring the trainer to your business. 
  • Take advantage of our in-house training discounts to save money. 

Contact us to discuss the options available on 020 7251 9229 or email bookings@dba.org.uk.

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Effective communication: the fundamentals


Communication skills are essential when liaising with colleagues, clients and suppliers. Understand how to instinctively use the right approach in different settings and gain renewed confidence in your communication skills.

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Better conversations: improve your personal impact


Conversations in a creative environment can often be tricky. The creative act of designing involves both conscious, rational thought and...

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Effective communication: the power of listening


At this workshop, developed specifically for the design industry, business coach Philip Mann will explore this essential area of communication in depth.

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Communicating in writing


To make yourself clearly understood, to exchange ideas effectively, to communicate with colleagues and build their confidence in you, you need to write well. This half-day workshop with Liz Lydiate shows you how.

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The business of design


Ever wondered how design businesses operate in a commercial context or what clients actually expect from design? A half-day workshop with Michael Thomson.

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Negotiation skills


Negotiation skills help you get the best from any situation. Understand the top qualities of a good negotiator to get the results you need from any negotiation situation.

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Money matters


Is your piggy-bank always full? Improve your financial management process with this half-day workshop with Mandy Merron.

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Managing your time


Got a million things on your things-to-do list? Time is money. Discover how to spend your time better and maintain quality and creativity under pressure. A half-day workshop with Jenny McConnell.

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Expert project management skills


Successful project management is essential in the design industry. It helps to give structure to high-pressure environments, ensures...

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Managing projects efficiently


The ability to manage a variety of different projects is key in the design industry. Learn how to prioritise conflicting demands using a 5 step framework for effective project management.

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