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.

Main Content

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. 

deatrophy_210x118
Free to view

Leveraging reputation internationally


How to maximise your own business’ reputation along with that of the UK design sector as a whole?

International trade


Read more >>
export cargo
Free to view

First steps to exporting


Ten essential steps to get you started.

International trade


Read more >>
export
Free to view

Should designers export?


Whether times are good or bad, it’s always worth developing international business and now is a good time to be considering just that. Andrew Summers, Chairman of Design Partners, lays out the case for trading overseas.

International trade


Read more >>
Members only

Exporting to the United Arab Emirates


This guide brings together advice from the Sector Lead for the Creative Industries at the British Embassy in Dubai, guidance from the Embassy of the UAE and helpful nuggets from the UKTI LinkedIn Group, to offer useful pointers for any agency looking to work in this market.

International trade


Download the resource >>
Members only

Exporting to Brazil


This guides summarises the presentation made by UKTI's Commercial Manager in Sao Paulo, Simone Ricci to DBA members in September 2012 on how to export design services to the Brazilian market.

International trade


Download the resource >>
Ralph Ardill
Free to view

Project You


DBA Expert Ralph Ardill outlines why your design agency is your next most important client in these difficult economic times.

Business skills, Strategy development


Read more >>
Members only

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


Download the resource >>
Ian Cochrane
Members only

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


Download the resource >>
Allison McSparron-Edwards
Members only

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


Download the resource >>
Members only

Effective paper choice


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

Business skills


Download the resource >>