Members’ Area

From receiving expert help and guidance to benchmarking your business’ performance, the Members’ Area is a gateway to resources, services and support specifically developed for those working in the field of design.

Some sections are exclusively accessible to DBA members, connecting you to the extensive range of benefits your membership provides.

DBA membership extends to everyone working within your business – all members of your team can register for their own password – ensuring the whole team benefits.

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Resources

Essential guidance, templates, insight and tools to support you on all aspects of the business of design. From contracts to client opinion, legal updates to exporting support, our resources give you instant access to expert advice and tools to help solve a wide range of business challenges.

If you can’t find the information you’re after please email membership@dba.org.uk or call 020 7251 9229 and we’ll look to source or signpost you to guidance to match your needs. 

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Thinking of moving office?


Agencies share their advice on moving offices. What are the first things to consider? Is there a particular order in which things should be done? What are the pitfalls?

Financial, HR, Legal


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Thought leadership as a tool for agency growth


Discover how you can leverage your business's creative and problem solving talents to increase your reach and influence in the industry, through effective thought leadership.

Advice for clients, Business skills, Strategy development


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Succession planning: a guide


DBA Expert Jack O'Hern presents his definitive plan for ensuring your business thrives through leadership change. 

Advice for clients, Business skills, HR


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The secret to capturing data on design effectiveness


On a recent holiday to Italy, my elderly parents had driven into an ancient hilltop town in their tiny hire car and got hopelessly lost...

Financial, New business & client relations


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Pension auto enrolment


KPMG Small Business Accounting offers useful advice to ensure compliance and a smooth set-up of ‘pension auto enrolment’ for your design business.

Financial, HR, Legal


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Discussing deals informally


The intention to establish legal relations is an important part of creating a contract. But what happens if the deal was discussed informally and not confirmed in writing? Humphries Kirk explore the legalities.

Legal


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Agency growth case study: PATH


As part of our new series of case studies on agency structure and growth, we asked Thomas Herman of London based PATH (30 staff, £3.5m fee income) to tell us how they have facilitated growth and their plans for the future. Hear the advice he'd give to agencies with about 15+ staff looking to grow.

Business skills, Strategy development


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Agency growth case study: Uniform


As part of our new series of case studies on agency structure and growth, we asked Nick Howe of Liverpool based Uniform (50+ staff, £2.65m fee income) to tell us how they have facilitated growth and their plans for the future. Hear the advice he'd give to agencies with about 20+ staff looking to grow.

Business skills, Strategy development


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Keeping an eye on your financial position


DBA Expert Gary Baxter outlines two useful calculations to enable you to identify potential weaknesses in your business.
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Guide to pricing: An art or a science?


DBA Expert Allison McSparron-Edwards explains how to price your work appropriately and ensure the health and profitability of your business.