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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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 | (New) business summit with Blair Enns and David C. Baker

Held yearly in the US for an international audience, this two-day summit has been tailored to the British creative industries and held in the UK for the first time. If you are a leader in the creative community in the UK and your role includes positioning, lead generation, selling, and pricing, this is the high-level event you have been waiting for.

Date: 25/06/2018


Like Minds Create: Ideas Festival

The DBA has partnered with Like Minds Ideas Festival in Liverpool this June to deliver a day of keynotes and debate around the role of creativity and design and its impact on business success.

Date: 28/06/2018


Client relationship skills

Enhance your client relationship skills to turn ad-hoc accounts into long-term and fruitful relationships that continue to provide your agency with business.

Date: 10/07/2018


DBA members discuss… Small Giants (Brighton)

DBA members are invited to attend an evening of discussion in Brighton with fellow members who have developed their businesses to be Small Giants. Speakers include Jonathan Kirk (Up to the Light), Tony Lock (Sherlock Studio) and Luke Trotman (Thomas & Trotman Design).

Date: 10/07/2018


PR and profile raising

Simplify your sales process and increase your strike rate with a comprehensive PR and marketing programme that increases your profile and reach.

Date: 11/07/2018


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: 12/07/2018