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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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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Jan Casey
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Managing your clients and projects


Jan Casey taps into her wealth of agency and client side experience and offers this best practice guide to managing clients and projects.

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Free pitch response letter


Free pitching is a reality of the creative industries. But as a process for a client to find the best agency for their needs it is fundamentally flawed. For agencies to remain healthy and profitable, and for clients to find a partner who understands their needs, a new way is required. This template will help explain your position on free pitching to a potential client.

Financial, New business & client relations


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Simon May
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Responding to PQQs


Pre-Qualification Questionnaires are becoming more and more of a common feature of procurement. These top tips by Simon May, will help you get a feel for your approach to completing a document.

New business & client relations


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Allison McSparron-Edwards
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New business approaches


Allison McSparron-Edwards, Managing Director at Consultrix, makes her recommendations for winning more work.

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Simon May
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More buck for your bang


Simon May takes effectiveness thinking one step further to help you financially capitalise on the value you bring to clients.

New business & client relations


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Natasha Ellard-Shoefield
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Effective new business


DBA Expert Natasha Ellard-Shoefield helps unravel the mystery of 'selling' with her tips on gearing up your business for an effective new business programme.

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