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 or call 020 7251 9229 and we’ll look to source or signpost you to guidance to match your needs. 

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How to run a successful design business

This webinar presented by DBA Expert Shan Preddy will provide everything owners and managers of design firms need to know. Packed with insights, guidelines and thought-provoking opinions gathered from over 80 design-sector experts from a whole host of related fields.

Business skills

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Ten minimum requirements for business owners

Even if you only employ one or two people, you must still adhere to strict legal requirements. This handy document sets out the ten key requirements you must have in place as an employer.
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Job description template

This template will help you structure a description of a particular job and its given responsibilities.
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Debt collection guide

An informative guide which outlines the process for debt collection and includes details of what you can claim for, a letter before action template, details of county court claims and applications for enforcement of judgment.

Financial, Legal

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Terms and conditions checklist

This checklist contains details of some of the important issues that should be dealt with in any contract with a client for the provision of design services.
Chris Lang
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How to make more profit from the same number of clients

DBA Expert Chris Lang explains how using some simple financial models alongside a job costing system, an agency can make more from its existing portfolio. Greater efficiencies can lead to attracting those clients that generate the biggest fees.
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Member press releases and statements

To help you stand out in a crowded marketplace, announce your DBA membership in style. Download a useful guide on writing an effective press release.

Business skills, Maximise membership

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Demonstrate assurance

Give clients confidence to choose your business. Complete your DBA Directory agency profile after reading our helpful guide and reading the experience of other members. Don’t be daunted by the thought of compiling policy documents for the Directory. It’s worth the effort!

Maximise membership, New business & client relations