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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Determine your business direction


Susan Bilton from ARK Associates provides a useful checklist for your senior team to use in establishing a clear and agreed strategy, you all believe in.

Strategy development


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Ian Cochrane
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Effective business reports


To be effective, business reports need to convey what you want to say as quickly and as simply as possible. Follow this guide written by DBA Expert Ian Cochrane, in association with DBA Supporter CtrlPublishing, and you won’t go far wrong.

Business skills


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Allison McSparron-Edwards
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Effective meetings


This guide written by Allison McSparron-Edwards in association with DBA Supporter Headrooms provides a wealth of tips on planning and running effective meetings.

Business skills


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Effective paper choice


A handy checklist for making the right paper choice, developed in association with DBA Supporter Arctic Paper UK.

Business skills


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Copywriting 101


Whether you are putting your argument across in a report, selling products on your website or writing an email to a client, copywriting will help you to be clear, concise and engaging, and these persuasive tips from DBA Supporter Stratton Craig are a great place to start.

Business skills


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Writing press releases


The DBA's media partner Packaging News, explains how you can increase the chances of your press releases getting coverage.

Business skills


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Why the ‘free pitch’ serves no-one well


A cast iron case against unpaid creative work, written by client Tom Foulkes and outlining why the free-pitch is as bad for clients as it is agencies.

New business & client relations


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Growing upstream business


Business development specialist Tim Hill explains how to put your business in the frame to win in-depth strategic work.

New business & client relations


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Jonathan Kirk
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Making your website work harder for new business


DBA Expert Jonathan Kirk on how to leverage more new business mileage out of your website.

New business & client relations


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Shan Preddy
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How to make really great presentations


DBA Expert Shan Preddy of PREDDY & CO, shares her top tips for working on your presentation style, content and delivery, to make sure you get the results you want from client meetings.

New business & client relations


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