The DBA is a vibrant community of design consultancies and design-driven businesses – a powerful alliance shaping the future of design in business.
With a membership of over 400 businesses, the DBA is a valuable network, support and voice for all those involved in the delivery, commissioning and management of design who share a common commitment to operate at the highest standards of professional practice.
We support the development and growth of you, your team, your business and brand. We facilitate enlightening interactions with your peers and communicate the value of your work. Isn’t it time you joined us?
DBA membership gives you exclusive access to a wealth of services and programmes that directly impact your team’s and your business’ performance.
From benchmarking your rates and salaries against your peers’, to accessing expert advice and guidance only a call or a click away, our extensive and relevant range of member benefits provides professional and practical support to help you drive efficiencies, professionalism and results.
The DBA is also uniquely placed to provide a powerful, united industry voice to champion the strategic and economic value of design to business and government. Join us, add your voice to our membership and proactively shape your own business’ and the industry’s future.
Access the benefits
The DBA is an engaged and progressive community of design agencies and design-driven businesses who share a set of values and beliefs, and operate to a unique Code of Conduct.
Membership of the DBA clearly demonstrates a commitment to:
- The belief that design should be treated as an investment.
- A focus on delivering a clear return on that investment.
- The highest professional standards for creative businesses.
Join the DBA and position your business within this network, aligned to these values.
Add your voice
We connect and collaborate with a range of organisations, associations and government departments, facilitating positive change and ensuring design is properly represented in areas of importance to the industry. DBA membership empowers you to help shape the future for design through a united and influential industry voice.
Differentiate your business
The DBA Directory is an invaluable online tool used by clients to search for agencies like yours. It is a framework for business assurance enabling clients to confidently choose the right agency for their needs. Only DBA members are listed. Be present in the search and secure a differentiating PQQ Badge for your consultancy, indicating you are ‘procurement ready’.
Benchmark your rates against your peers’
Our Annual Survey produces the most in-depth benchmarking report in the design industry, analysing the fees, salaries, utilisation, income, recovery rates, benefits, and trends of DBA members. Exclusively available to DBA members, the report is invaluable in setting your strategy and provides context to your fee structure when dealing with clients.
Communicate the value of your design
Help your clients to see design as an investment, not a cost, as you talk about design effectiveness alongside creativity. Our guides, case studies, webinars and events help you to embed effectiveness across your business and to communicate the value of your work. Members also benefit from a 50% discount on the entry fee for the prestigious DBA Design Effectiveness Awards.
Develop your team to grow your business
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. Competitively priced, DBA members benefit even further from highly subsidised rates to attend our programmes.
Guides, tools and templates to make your job simpler
Developed specifically for DBA members, our library of guides and resources fast tracks you to expert advice, information, data, templates and tools which address a wide range of business challenges, such as how to streamline your business processes, save you time and money, and ultimately to help you run your business better.
Quick and free advice, for peace of mind
As well as a free legal health check when you join, DBA members have on-going access to free and impartial legal and HR/employment advice via our partnerships with specialist organisations – essential for good business practice and for when those unexpected or unknown situations crop up.
Significant discounts to benefit your business and your team
The DBA is always seeking additional discounts for its members on design events that could be valuable for you or your team to attend, for beneficial services, or products that could enhance your business. For example, our commercial insurance scheme in partnership with Bluefin will save you a guaranteed 10% on your existing premiums and our new partnership with KPMG Small Business Accounting offers you the first month free.
Keep abreast of industry insight and news
Our monthly newsletter delivers a wealth of useful content, news, business advice and alerts straight to your inbox, keeping you up to date with the latest design industry insight and knowledge, as well as details of how to maximise your DBA membership.
Professional advice at hand
If you have a particular business challenge or are looking to move your agency to the next level, we’ll work closely with you to connect you to an expert, whatever the issue. We’ve identified expert consultants with sustained and relevant experience in supporting the design industry, so you can rest assured that we can introduce you to the right one to meet your needs.
Leverage your membership to set your business apart
Showing and telling prospective clients that you are a member of the Design Business Association with the member statement and logo is one of the many ways you can leverage your membership. In a crowded marketplace, DBA membership articulates the values by which you run your business and sets your business apart.