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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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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DBA Design Effectiveness Awards: handy tips for a winning case study


With the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards entry deadline coming up on 30th June, here are some handy tips to strengthen your entry.
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Increasing creative confidence


Creative Director of Studio Texture, Stuart Youngs talks to the Design Business Association about how he developed his communication skills to confidently pitch and present creative work.

Business skills, New business & client relations


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How to successfully open an overseas studio


Elmwood's CFO, Debbie Longbottom, shares her insights into successfully opening an overseas studio.

Business skills, Financial, International trade, Strategy development


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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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Succession planning: a guide


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

Business skills, Financial, 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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