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The DBA is a valued hub for the national design community, providing opportunities for professional development and networking with a series of stimulating events and professional development workshops for all levels, that focus on both long-standing and emerging industry issues.

 

Our workshops are taught by design industry experts and have been developed specifically for design agency staff, so we can guarantee you'll see the benefit for your staff and your business.

Discounts on training workshops are available for members travelling from more than 60 miles from London.

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Forthcoming events and training workshops:

29/9/2016 - 30/9/2016

 

Silicon Beach 2016 Details

DBA member discount

Silicon Beach 2016 brings together the UK's leading strategic thinkers, digital innovators and people who look at brands. DBA members will find a 25% discount code on the member's area of the DBA website when they login.

 

30/9/2016 Front End North Details
DBA member discount

An event for front-end developers, designers and people who make things for the web. DBA members will find a 10% discount code on the member's area of the DBA website when they login.

 

04/10/2016 Negotiation skills Details

Training

workshop

Being a confident negotiator helps you to achieve the best outcomes for yourself and your business. This workshop will provide practical strategies to help you hold the power during negotiations, whether its with your clients, suppliers or your team.

 

05/10/2016 How to get a flying start in design Details
Training workshop

Set yourself up for success with an in-depth induction to the design industry. Understand how the industry operates and how you can best contribute to projects in the creative process.

 

05/10/2016 Presentation skills: improvers Details
SOLD OUT

Do you want to polish your presentation skills? Learn how to clearly present your ideas to clients, suppliers and colleagues in this practical workshop.

 

06/10/2016 Running a creative business Details
Training workshop

Are your team working in the most efficient way? Could the systems you use to manage your business be simpler and more intuitive? Set the right operational structures so your team can spend more time delivering great creative work.

 

11/10/2016 Benchmarking your design business Details
DBA member breakfast

Understand the latest data from the DBA Annual Survey Report. Benchmark your client fees, salaries and staff benefits against the current industry standards to retain a competitive edge.

 

11/10/2016

Bristol Media: Vision Keynote Details

Partner event

Join Bristol Media for this Vision Keynote from DBA Expert Shan Preddy, where she’ll be sharing the 10 things you should be doing post-Brexit if you’re running a design firm. Hosted by DBA members Kinneir Dufort.

 

12/10/2016 How to frame your strategic offer and charge for it Details

Training

workshop

Positioning your offering for clients in the right way helps to reaffirm your value to them as a strategic partner. Understand how to package your strategic work, and learn from insight from hundreds of client interviews.

 

13/10/2016 People management skills Details

Training

workshop

 

Hone your personal management style to get the best work from your team. Attend this workshop to polish your management skills and motivate your team.

 

13/10/2016 DBA AGM 2016 Details
DBA AGM

Hear from DBA Chief Executive Deborah Dawton on the successes we've had as an industry over the past year. Take the chance to meet the board directors and share your views.

 

17/10/2016 Expert project management skills Details
Training workshop

Project management is essential in the design industry. Build on your practical experience to move towards becoming a project management expert, trusted to drive projects to successful completion.

 

20/10/2016 Influencing at board level Details

Training

workshop

 

 

The ability to sell your ideas to senior clients helps to progress your business. This workshop will help you hold impactful conversations at the C-suite level.
25/10/2016 How to create a winning business development plan Details
Training workshop

Developing a plan to acquire and retain new business helps you to stay on track. Take a proactive approach to developing more new business so that the right clients are coming to you.

 

01/11/2016 Expert client handling Details
Training workshop

Building great relationships with your clients helps you to ensure your business is at the front of their mind for new projects. Take your client relationships to the next level and establish your position as a trusted advisor.

 

02/11/2016 DBA member drinks Details

Member social

FREE

 

Join us to catch up with your fellow DBA members over a drink - with the first one on us.

 

08/11/2016 Develop your business plan and strategic direction Details
Training workshop

A clear business plan helps you define where you want to be and the steps you need to take to achieve this. This workshop will help you make your vision a reality by setting tangible objectives to drive your business forward.

 

09/11/2016 Managing your time Details
Training workshop

Perfecting your time management skills will not only help you achieve more, it creates more space for creative thinking. Join this workshop to learn how to take back control of your time and increase your productivity.

 

15/11/2016 What clients want Details
Training workshop

Understand what clients expect from a design business, and how you can best communicate with them during the creative process. Join this workshop to learn how to lead successful client meetings so you’re their agency of choice.

 

22/11/2016 Transform your creative business Details
Training workshop

You may have a vision for change, but how can you move your busness towards this? This workshop will help you develop your business by putting the change you want to see into action.

 

23/11/2016 How to win more new business Details
Half day seminar

Business development techniques have moved on. If you’re looking to grow your business, take a fresh approach to business development. This half-day seminar will help you transform and rejuvenate your new business effort.

 

24/11/2016 From management to leadership Details
Training workshop

Everyone has their own leadership style, and developing yourself will help you set the course for your business. Whether you’ve recently assumed more responsibility or you want to expand on your existing skills, this workshop will help you plan your own progression.

 

29/11/2016 Lead the team, lead the vision Details
Training workshop

Understanding your personal strengths as a leader will help you grow your business. Identify your key leadership competencies and those of your management team to improve your chances of success.

 

30/11/2016

- 2/12/2016

 

FUSE London Details

Partnership event

An event where creatives and brand leaders share their passion and make the case for design to be infused into every element of your organisation. Deborah Dawton, DBA Chief Executive, will be chairing a session. DBA members will find a 30% discount code on the member's area of the DBA website when they login.

 

NEW DBA Grow design management training

Intensive training programme

The DBA has partnered with Grow to bring professional design management training to UK businesses and design agencies. Find out more


Exclusive prices on books

Buy Blair Enns' book - 'The win without pitching manifesto' for an exclusive price of £10. To place your order please get in touch with us on 020 7251 9229 or email bookings@dba.org.uk

For more special discounts on design related books see our Gower Publishing page.

 
 
On-demand webinars:
Developing an export strategy - Details
Free pitching - problems and solutions - Details
How to run a successful design business - Details
DBA Design Effectiveness Awards - how and why to apply - Details
Managing cash-flow and getting paid - Details
From Integration to Transmedia - Details
Top 10 Tips for Surviving 2012 - Details
Driving Profitability - Details
Networking at work: possibilities, pitfalls, pleasures - Details

Pricing: An art or a science? - Details

Package Design: Design ROI and Effectiveness Details
View all on-demand webinars

Footage from previous DBA events:
An evening with Luke Johnson - Details
Directory Launch - Details

Seminar write-ups

All events in our seminar series are written up into reports which you can access in the featured guides section. You can also follow the live twitter feeds from all DBA events at @dbaHQ

 

Presentation Skills
The DBA offers training in presentation skills at three levels depending on your experience and requirements. Compare the courses and see which one is right for you?

 

Funding opportunities:

There are a variety of schemes available for funding. Click here to view some funding schemes that the DBA have found.


Previous Events:

For the archive of previous events click here
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