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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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.

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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!

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DBA Code of Conduct


As a DBA design agency member you can reassure clients by making use of the DBA's Code of Conduct. This set of model recommended practices, which have been designed and developed to provide DBA design agency members with a series of behaviour guidelines and to improve the professionalism of the industry.

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Membership benefits in action


All DBA members use their membership slightly differently. Emphasis is placed on different areas depending on the nature and maturity of the business. This page gives you an insight into how some members make use of their membership to maximum effect.

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Freelancer agreement


This is a short basic freelancer agreement which includes some recommended terms.
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Standard employment contract for salaried staff


This document is a commentary on the structure and content of a comprehensive contract of employment that can be used in the design sector.
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Assignment of patent right


This is a template that can be used to transfer either the benefit of an application that has been made to register a patent in a jurisdiction or an actual registered patent.
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Assignment of design right


This template can be used for the formal transfer of design right, although by law this particular IP right will transfer automatically to the party who commissions the work.
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Assignment of copyright


This is a basic template that can be used for the transfer of copyright which, subject to limited exceptions, by law belongs to the ‘author’ of the work in the first instance. This document meets the minimum formalities for transferring copyright, namely that it needs to be recorded in writing and signed.
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Licence agreement


A template setting out a licence of specific rights in return for receiving a royalty.