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.

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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.

Date: 09/10/2018


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Presentation skills: introduction


If you're starting to present to clients, suppliers or colleagues, or want to brush up on your skills and boost your confidence, then this half-day introductory workshop is for you.

Date: 11/10/2018


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Managing projects efficiently


This workshop will cover how to prioritise conflicting needs, pitfalls to avoid and how to prevent things going wrong through exercises and discussion. When you leave you'll be armed with a 5 step framework for effective project management.

Date: 11/10/2018


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How to frame your strategic offer and charge for it


Your agency may already offer strategic services. Join us to explore how to more effectively package and articulate your strategic offer and turn it into a real revenue stream.

Date: 16/10/2018


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Influencing at board level


Take your business further by understanding the unspoken rules for successful board-level relationships. Join this workshop to increase your ability to craft board level conversations.

Date: 16/10/2018


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Expert client handling


Become an expert at managing high-level relationships. Join this workshop to take a proactive approach and reboot your relationships.

Date: 18/10/2018


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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 your team are working to their optimum capacity, and makes sure every hour is well spent. Design industry expert Jan Casey will share practical guidance to help you towards becoming a skilled project manager.

Date: 05/03/2019


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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: 06/03/2019


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New thinking for new business development


Discover new ways to transform and rejuvenate your new business effort, whilst making your approach more enjoyable, up to date, client relevant and effective.

Date: 06/03/2019


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Negotiation skills


In the design business, negotiation is a skill you use every day. With prospects, clients, colleagues and suppliers alike, you spend a significant amount of time negotiating deadlines, creative decisions, budgets and many other elements of your work.

Date: 12/03/2019


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