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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Person specification template

This template will make it easier to match the right person to a role by helping you bring clarity to the requirements of the position.
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Guide to working with a recruitment agency

A good recruitment company can be an asset in the hunt for the best staff – this ten-point guide will help you maximise that relationship.
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Recruitment best practice guide

Effective recruitment is central to the successful day-to-day functioning of any business. This step-by-step guide draws on CIPD and best practice recommendations and is an invaluable resource for your recruitment process.
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Managing talent and culture in larger agencies  

Sally Henderson shares the common themes that impact upon recruitment and talent in larger companies and what you can do to combat them.
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Design and build: creative teams that work

A well-functioning team plays key part in delivering the best creative results for your design business – but what makes a great team? How do you build that team, and how do you nourish them so that they keep delivering?
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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.