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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New business: harnessing marginal gains for agency growth

In a busy world, with a dizzying array of marketing channels to master, how can you gain control of your new business effort and deliver the best possible return?

New business & client relations

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Hiring the best graduate talent

School's out and there are graduates about! Now is the time to be attracting fresh, new talent to your agency so make sure your candidate experience is up to scratch with this useful advice from JourneyHR.
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DBA Design Effectiveness Awards: handy tips for a winning case study

With the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards entry deadline coming up on 30th June, here are some handy tips to strengthen your entry.

Business skills

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Increasing creative confidence

Creative Director of Studio Texture, Stuart Youngs talks to the Design Business Association about how he developed his communication skills to confidently pitch and present creative work.

Business skills, New business & client relations

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How to successfully open an overseas studio

Elmwood's CFO, Debbie Longbottom, shares her insights into successfully opening an overseas studio.

Business skills, Financial, International trade, Strategy development

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Thinking of moving office?

Agencies share their advice on moving offices. What are the first things to consider? Is there a particular order in which things should be done? What are the pitfalls?

Financial, HR, Legal

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Succession planning: a guide

DBA Expert Jack O'Hern presents his definitive plan for ensuring your business thrives through leadership change. 

Business skills, Financial, HR

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The secret to capturing data on design effectiveness

On a recent holiday to Italy, my elderly parents had driven into an ancient hilltop town in their tiny hire car and got hopelessly lost...

Financial, New business & client relations

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Pension auto enrolment

KPMG Small Business Accounting offers useful advice to ensure compliance and a smooth set-up of ‘pension auto enrolment’ for your design business.

Financial, HR, Legal

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Discussing deals informally

The intention to establish legal relations is an important part of creating a contract. But what happens if the deal was discussed informally and not confirmed in writing? Humphries Kirk explore the legalities.