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 tap into different thinking styles

There are no hard and fast rules for creating the ultimate cross-cultural design experience, but tapping into some of these findings can help to challenge assumptions.

Business skills, International trade

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Who needs an Expert?

DBA Head of Services, Adam Fennelow, details the benefits gained through our Experts Register.

Business skills, Legal, Maximise membership

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Working for free on a Friday?

As we prepare to launch the 2017 Annual Survey Report, Mike Satterthwaite of Pegasus Systems explains how to optimise your recovery and utilisation rates.

Business skills

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Trading Disclosure Requirements

A reminder of legal requirements for company trading disclosure information from our legal partners, Humphries Kirk.

Financial, Legal

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Master the art of managing your nerves

DBA Expert Catherine Allison details some valuable tactics to help you master sometimes unavoidable pre-pitch or pre-presentation nerves.

Business skills, New business & client relations

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Why does ‘About Us’ have to be so dull?

Could it be time to look again at the ‘About Us’ part of your agency presentation, pitch and website? DBA Expert Jonathan Kirk explains how to make it work harder for your business.

New business & client relations

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Take an agile approach to new business

Having an action plan in place for the months and potentially years ahead is crucial for your agency’s success. But so too is having the flexibility and ability to change it, if and when necessary.

Business skills, New business & client relations

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Going for growth

A wrap of our national tour of member agencies, where we gathered with members aplenty to discuss the hot topic of agency growth.

New business & client relations, Strategy development

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Rosters – a recipe for success

Many organisations need to work with numerous creative partners, either because of the range of media for which they are responsible or because of the quantity of work. Managed correctly, this multiple agency requirement can be capitalised on as an opportunity.

Advice for clients, Business skills

Vicki Young by Chris McAndrew. Image credit: The Times/News Syndication.
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Agency growth case study: Nalla

As part of our new series of case studies on agency structure and growth, we asked Vicki Young of London based Nalla (13 staff, £1m fee income) to tell us how they have facilitated growth and their plans for the future. Hear the advice she'd give to agencies with about 4+ staff looking to grow.