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1) Show you belong to a community of design businesses with shared values that benefit clients.

Show and tell clients that you’re a member of your industry association.

Use the collective Code of Conduct to open discussions and demonstrate you will bring a level of professionalism to the relationship, both in running your own business and in dealing with theirs. (See how Glued use their membership to stand out in a crowded marketplace)

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2) Increase overall client confidence in your business. 

Make full use of your listing in the DBA Directory - a framework for business assurance enabling clients to confidently choose the right agency for their needs – and achieve your DBA PQQ Badge to demonstrate your ‘procurement ready’ status. (See how 4c used their PQQ Badge to win a prestigious Commonwealth Games contract)


3) Help your clients to properly reward your value. 

Benchmark your prices with the Annual Survey Report. Over 80% of our members use this data, which helps you review your business processes, and allows you to compare your salaries and fees with those of your peers, providing context to your fee structure when dealing with clients.

4) Help your clients see design as an investment by talking design effectiveness as well as creativity. 
We’ve been championing and rewarding design effectiveness for over 25 years - our guides, webinars and events can help you develop a road map for building effectiveness into your work. Members also benefit from a 50% discount on the Design Effectiveness Awards entry fee. (Read why Elmwood put design effectiveness at the heart of their business)

5) Invest in your business, your people and your knowledge. 
Plug into expert knowledge through a wealth of quality events, training courses, webinars, guides and a range of free business help lines (HR, legal, financial) to build your performance and deliver improved value to your clients. The HR and legal help lines are backed up by a variety of tools and templates, which can be easily downloaded and used for your business needs. What’s more, membership entitles you to free legal and financial health checks, putting your business on the right foot from the start.

6) Develop your team to further your business.
We have over 20 years experience delivering some of the highest regarded training courses for the design industry. Attend our scheduled courses, at discounted rates and benefit from connecting with your peers, or we can tailor a programme to specifically suit your business and your people.

7) Drive change, improve efficiencies, deliver results with Expert support. Access to approved Experts in Business Development, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance and more. Our Experts undergo a rigorous process in order to be accepted onto the Register. We do this to ensure that our Experts are the best people to advise you, and to ensure that your business is in safe hands. They offer advice around a number of key areas from business development to succession planning and strategic-positioning of your brand.

8) Save money with the DBA Commercial Insurance scheme.
Benefit from policies tailored specifically to your needs and save a guaranteed 10% on your existing premiums through this unique policy in association with Bluefin. Members have been known to save more than three times the total of their membership fee through this scheme.

9) Make better-informed decisions about your business.
Our Twenty/Twenty mentoring programme utilises the wisdom and vision of design industry pioneers found within the DBA’s membership. The programme inspires a new wave of leaders to make better informed decisions about their businesses, their people and themselves. Set up with Arts Council England funding, this programme is for DBA members only. (Read about the impact Twenty/Twenty has had on Owen Turner at United by Design)

10) Gain insight
Our monthly ezine Insight delivers a wealth of useful content, news, business advice and alerts straight to your inbox and members have unrestricted access to all of the content.

“Even though we are one of the larger businesses within this territory, we are still a very small company compared with the organizations we work with and seek to influence. By combining with others we can have a stronger voice with which to promote the value of design in business and in many other important areas of life.”
Dorothy Mackenzie, Chairman, Dragon Rouge - DBA member

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