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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Dividend allowance


The Finance Act 2016 includes changes to legislation which will affect anyone in receipt of dividends. Chartered accountants Wright Vigar have the low down.

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Capability drives a business, without it you’re in trouble


Capability drives a business, and without it you're in trouble. Shan Preddy outlines how to implement a development programme to ensure the ongoing capability of your team.
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The importance of information


The success of a design business and its profitability is down to how efficiently the agency uses its resources. Find out the value of information, how to keep happy clients and how to make it work.

Financial


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Contracts and electronic signatures


The use of electronic signatures has become increasingly common, but how well do they hold up in a court of law?

Legal


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What it takes to be a ‘brand custodian’


Many agencies like to see themselves as their client's 'brand custodian' but does it always stand up to examination?

New business & client relations


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The right questions get actionable answers


As an industry we're used to supporting clients to come up with answers to big and complex questions; is it time to turn the process on ourselves?

Business skills, Strategy development


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Carrots and sticks, motivation and you


Your design training doesn't necessarily mean you've come equipped with the makings of an inspiring leader. But motivation isn't rocket science, explains Emma Collins - here's how to get it right.

Business skills, HR


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Adrian Wheeler
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Which type of leader are you?


As a business owner, understanding whether your leadership style is that of an Artisan, a Hero, a Meddler or a Strategist will allow you to be in more control and determine the trajectory of your business. See if you recognise yourself.

Business skills, HR


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Letter to a drowning agency principal


Your situation looks complicated and maybe hopeless from the inside, but from where I sit, unencumbered by the baggage of history, emotions and relationships, it’s clear what needs to be done. These 12 steps are the map, says Blair Enns.

Business skills, Financial, New business & client relations


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Play the long game and succeed


Successful agencies take responsibility from their people, fuelling loyalty and unleashing creativity. Rod Petrie explains how playing the long game is key to creating an environment where people flourish and the business prospers.

Business skills, HR


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