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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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


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DBA members discuss… Small Giants


DBA members are invited to attend an evening of discussion in Leeds with fellow members who have developed their businesses to be Small Giants. Speakers include Mandy Barker (Sail Creative), Ian Thompson (Thompson Brand Partnership), Jonathan Sands OBE (Elmwood) and Nigel Morris (Arup).

Date: 05/06/2018


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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: 20/06/2018


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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