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.

Main Content

The unique characteristics that make up design businesses are what sets it apart from other industries. It’s an industry that thinks differently, works differently and aspires differently, and it is made of people like you. People and businesses who choose to be Small Giants.

You’re driven by a genuine desire to the best at what you do, to create a stimulating place for your staff to work, to provide great client servicing, to make a wider positive impact beyond simply your own financial gains.

But whether you own a design business, work in one or commission design on behalf of a department or business, these skills don’t necessarily come naturally or easily. Our training programme will help you hone the skills you need to make the design business you lead or work in truly great.


EVENT | How design can impact the sustainability agenda

If you consider the growing consumer pressure on businesses to be sustainable in all of their operations, not least their products and packaged goods, the impact on the design industry and designers is considerable.

Date: 25/04/2018


Creating high performing teams

Explore the essential workings of a creative team and how you can work dynamically with them to enhance their functionality and produce the best work.

Date: 02/05/2018


EVENT | Who owns the customer brand experience?

Join us as we gather brand heads who've worked for world leading brands such as Coca-Cola, Philips to explore where responsibility for the customer brand experience lies within an organisation and how can a design business work into the correct client function to deliver work that employs an organisation’s brand while also prioritising customer needs?

Date: 10/05/2018


Leading creative teams: How your employee culture impacts your end results

Understand the human drivers that motivate people and drastically improve the way they work together, in order to enable optimal performance and build an engaging culture for your whole team.

Date: 10/05/2018


Redefining thought leadership

Gain a fresh perspective on thought leadership with a forensic look at what works, what doesn't, how and when agencies engage, and how you can create a relevant, consistent and effective thought leadership programme for your audience.

Date: 15/05/2018


Turning clients into advocates

Learn how to leverage your existing client relationships, convert them into advocates, draw in new clients and take your design business to the next level.

Date: 22/05/2018


EVENT | What Clients Think 2018 report launch

Join the DBA and Up to the Light as we present the 2018 What Clients Think report, evidenced from 500 client interviews, the report has quickly become the definitive annual barometer of client/agency relationships.

Date: 24/05/2018


Engaging people: Management and development skills

Define the goals you need to set to manage and develop your team for motivation, commitment and job satisfaction.

Date: 01/06/2018


Presentation skills: Improvers

Increase the success rate of your presentations through this full-day training workshop where you'll learn to structure your content, work to objectives and responses and use body language to increase your influence.

Date: 13/06/2018


Unlock the potential of existing clients

Gain insights into the client perspective on agency new business tactics and explore how client development can be built in to your client service approach, rather than a bolt-on.

Date: 20/06/2018