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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Data protection – guidance note


The Data Protection Act controls how individuals' personal information is used and provides strict rules which must be followed by anyone responsible for using that data. This useful guide outlines the details.
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Agency and customer intellectual property: how to achieve harmony


Joanna Frears from Blandy & Blandy Solicitors gives top ten tips on how to keep your customer happy by meeting their demands, whilst ensuring you don't forfeit your creative endeavour.
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The free pitching debate


Free / speculative / creative pitching - whatever you want to call it, it amounts to the same thing – doing free unpaid creative work in order to impress a client to win a job. This guide explains why a “free pitch” request is something that should be pushed back against. Not necessarily because it is bad for the agency (although it certainly is) but because it is not an effective way for clients to source the best agency for their needs.

New business & client relations


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FAQ: Redundancy


We’ve compiled a range of frequently asked HR related questions. The questions are based on real life examples but are not actual cases. Answers are provided for guidance only and should not be regarded as an authoritative statement of the law, which can only be made by reference to the particular circumstances which apply.
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FAQ: Training, apprenticeships and internships


We’ve compiled a range of frequently asked HR related questions. The questions are based on real life examples but are not actual cases. Answers are provided for guidance only and should not be regarded as an authoritative statement of the law, which can only be made by reference to the particular circumstances which apply.
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FAQ: Capability, performance management and dismissal


We’ve compiled a range of frequently asked HR related questions. The questions are based on real life examples but are not actual cases. Answers are provided for guidance only and should not be regarded as an authoritative statement of the law, which can only be made by reference to the particular circumstances which apply.
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FAQ: Disciplinary and grievance procedures


We’ve compiled a range of frequently asked HR related questions. The questions are based on real life examples but are not actual cases. Answers are provided for guidance only and should not be regarded as an authoritative statement of the law, which can only be made by reference to the particular circumstances which apply.
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FAQ: Absences


We’ve compiled a range of frequently asked HR related questions. The questions are based on real life examples but are not actual cases. Answers are provided for guidance only and should not be regarded as an authoritative statement of the law, which can only be made by reference to the particular circumstances which apply.
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FAQ: Health & Safety and data protection


We’ve compiled a range of frequently asked HR related questions. The questions are based on real life examples but are not actual cases. Answers are provided for guidance only and should not be regarded as an authoritative statement of the law, which can only be made by reference to the particular circumstances which apply.
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FAQ: Family friendly, flexible working, disability and age


We’ve compiled a range of frequently asked HR related questions. The questions are based on real life examples but are not actual cases. Answers are provided for guidance only and should not be regarded as an authoritative statement of the law, which can only be made by reference to the particular circumstances which apply.