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A roundup of industry expertise, exclusive resources, business support and tools for your design business.

18/05/2022


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Meet the DBA’s new Chair


At our recent AGM, we we were delighted to welcome a new Chair of the DBA Board, ELSE's Founder Warren Hutchinson.

17/05/2022


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My Life in Design: new podcast series


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The biggest issues facing design agencies


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DBA Members’ Forum | May summary


In the latest DBA Members' Forum we were joined by guest High-Stakes Leadership Mentor, Sally...

04/05/2022


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Free Pitching: how to respond


How do you tackle client requests to free pitch? The DBA's Head of Services, Adam Fennelow shares valuable pointers on how best to respond.

04/05/2022


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New appointees to the DBA Board of Directors


We're delighted to welcome three new Directors to the DBA Board. TDC PR Founder & Managing Director, Tim Duncan, A Better View...

28/04/2022


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DBA Members’ Forum | April summary


In the latest DBA Members’ Forum we were joined by guests Matt Hocking, Creative Sustainability Officer and Founder at Leap, and Sigrid Brewka-Steeves, Head of Global Retail Environments at PUMA.

06/04/2022


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Five key take-aways from the What Clients Think Report


The 2022 What Clients Think Report was launched recently in a DBA webinar with the results illustrating how the client/agency relationship has changed as the world emerges from the Covid pandemic. The report is packed with useful insights. Here are five key take-aways.

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Knowing when it’s right to part ways with a client

“This might seem surprising from someone who teaches client satisfaction and retention, but my New Year’s suggestion is to consider firing some. Do any of them demand free creative solutions in re-pitches? Do they provide the right work? Do they generate enough income? Do they pay their bills on time? Is the relationship (mostly) hassle-free? Do you actually like working with them? No? Then it’s time to let them go diplomatically.” Shan Preddy, Preddy&Co

Embrace the freelancer

“Many still think of the freelancer as an expensive necessity. But now that all the really good senior designers are freelancing we have to embrace them and re-think the financial model to include them as collaborative partners. So work out your project profit, deduct the freelancer’s share and accept that your share is what’s left. Remember a senior designer employee on £50k costs you £253 per day!” Gary Baxter, Lightbox 

The power of your Mantra

“During times of uncertainty it’s all about having true grit, determination and remaining confident in your product offer and positioning. Creating a mantra that captures in a heartbeat the very essence and spirit of your agency’s core belief is of value because it cuts through to the behaviour and standards required. All great teams have a mantra in times of need. They don’t panic, because they are; “Steady Under Fire.” What’s yours for 2017?” Rod Petrie, Rod Petrie Coaching

’tis the season

“I frequently meet talented sensitive creatives who’ve been slowly stripped of their joy by critical leadership, unconscious communication or lack of praise and recognition.

In this turbulent world, why not put JOY top of your list for 2017? Have the courage to ask for feedback, compassion to truly listen and commitment to increase joy in your studio. Your people and the world will be more joy filled because of you.” Emma Collins, Collins&Co 

Take a step back

“Christmas is the ideal time to take a step back and consider what you want from life. What will success look like to you? After all, the ultimate purpose of any business is to help its owners achieve their personal goals. So, identify those goals, and make it your resolution to ask your team, accountant, and other advisors to help your business deliver what’s important to you.” Ifan Lloyd, IDH Accountancy

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Distractions cost money

“Every time you are distracted – it takes approximately 23 minutes to get back to the task you were taken from. A group were asked to review their daily emails – over 35% of what they received was useless; 12% was considered immediate; balance could wait. Notifications and emails are spamming our lives and staying in control is the key to your maximum productivity. Don’t let them distract you.” Mark Lawrence Saunders, Agile Non-Exec Ltd

My new business advice for 2017? Stop selling.

“There’s a reason why most agency business comes from referrals or existing clients. You have a far better chance of converting opportunities where you already have a relationship (your existing client) or a tacit relationship (a referral). So for your next new business meetings, instead of selling, take the pressure off and just listen. Think of this as just hello and the start of a relationship and the work will follow in time.” Lucy Mann, Gunpowder Consulting

Nurture positivity

“2017 is set to be a year of change. Change can often bring out negative behaviour if it is not managed correctly. But if you implement an open and honest forum, employees will feel safe to discuss their concerns. By nurturing this atmosphere and developing a positive culture you’ll maintain motivation and results through this uncertain period.” Aliya Vigor-Robertson, Journey HR

The foundation of good business

“Find out what your client wants, then give it to them, on time. Deceptively simple, but it is the very foundation of a good business that gets repeat work and referrals.” Jack O’Hern, Wright Vigar

With thanks to the DBA Experts for their contribution.

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DBA Roundup


A roundup of industry expertise, exclusive resources, business support and tools for your design business.

18/05/2022


News


Read more >>
shortlist

Meet the DBA’s new Chair


At our recent AGM, we we were delighted to welcome a new Chair of the DBA Board, ELSE's Founder Warren Hutchinson.

17/05/2022


News


Read more >>

My Life in Design: new podcast series


Lifting the curtain on some of the design sector's most respected names, tune in to the Design Community Hub's new podcast.

17/05/2022


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Read more >>

The biggest issues facing design agencies


There are a number of issues facing agencies at the moment which are applying pressure to everyday...

17/05/2022


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Read more >>

DBA Members’ Forum | May summary


In the latest DBA Members' Forum we were joined by guest High-Stakes Leadership Mentor, Sally...

04/05/2022


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Free Pitching: how to respond


How do you tackle client requests to free pitch? The DBA's Head of Services, Adam Fennelow shares valuable pointers on how best to respond.

04/05/2022


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New appointees to the DBA Board of Directors


We're delighted to welcome three new Directors to the DBA Board. TDC PR Founder & Managing Director, Tim Duncan, A Better View...

28/04/2022


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DBA Members’ Forum | April summary


In the latest DBA Members’ Forum we were joined by guests Matt Hocking, Creative Sustainability Officer and Founder at Leap, and Sigrid Brewka-Steeves, Head of Global Retail Environments at PUMA.

06/04/2022


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Five key take-aways from the What Clients Think Report


The 2022 What Clients Think Report was launched recently in a DBA webinar with the results illustrating how the client/agency relationship has changed as the world emerges from the Covid pandemic. The report is packed with useful insights. Here are five key take-aways.

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All hail the Bruirn-bru_pr_redesign-03

“It’s fizzy, it’s ginger, its (rebrand) is phenomenal! I’m talking, of course, of the mighty Irn Bru. Scotland’s second national drink has re-enforced its bold maverick spirit with a witty homage to the brand’s differentiating claim, ‘made from girders.

Quite simply their 2016 rebrand reaffirms its status as a Scottish Icon. Iconic in its simplification of core equities and Scottish through its nod to the country’s industrial past. All hail the Bru!”

Brian Mansfield, Managing Partner, Taxi Studio

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“I am truly impressed with the new Microsoft Surface Studio. It is the first Microsoft product I have seen in recent years, which will challenge Apple. The perfect balance of technology and “human centric” design.”

Paul Flowers, Chief Design Officer, LIXIL Water Technology

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“The Royal British Legion released a limited edition, hand-made brass poppy pin for Somme 100. Formed from British shell fuses collected from the front line, the brooches’ red-enamelled centres are partially made of battlefield mud. Each is dedicated to a life lost, coming with a certificate with a soldier’s details. It’s also a smart, modern looking piece of jewellery. I think this is exceptionally thoughtful design with real emotional punch for which the Legion should be commended.”

Erika Clegg, Co-founder, Spring

 

A contemporary take on heritagenorth_coop_001_bag

“Perhaps it’s a nostalgia thing and the fact that I’m old enough to remember Green Shield stamps, but I’ve liked watching the Co-op rebrand this year.  It’s repositioned the business certainly in my mind, taking it back to fundamental values with a contemporary take on the heritage. It’s not just the identity design, but the careful consideration to the service offer and business model too. I like the authenticity.”

Lesley Gulliver, Managing Director, The Engine Room

 

DBA Roundup


A roundup of industry expertise, exclusive resources, business support and tools for your design business.

18/05/2022


News


Read more >>
shortlist

Meet the DBA’s new Chair


At our recent AGM, we we were delighted to welcome a new Chair of the DBA Board, ELSE's Founder Warren Hutchinson.

17/05/2022


News


Read more >>

My Life in Design: new podcast series


Lifting the curtain on some of the design sector's most respected names, tune in to the Design Community Hub's new podcast.

17/05/2022


News


Read more >>

The biggest issues facing design agencies


There are a number of issues facing agencies at the moment which are applying pressure to everyday...

17/05/2022


News


Read more >>

DBA Members’ Forum | May summary


In the latest DBA Members' Forum we were joined by guest High-Stakes Leadership Mentor, Sally...

04/05/2022


News


Read more >>

Free Pitching: how to respond


How do you tackle client requests to free pitch? The DBA's Head of Services, Adam Fennelow shares valuable pointers on how best to respond.

04/05/2022


News


Read more >>

New appointees to the DBA Board of Directors


We're delighted to welcome three new Directors to the DBA Board. TDC PR Founder & Managing Director, Tim Duncan, A Better View...

28/04/2022


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Read more >>

DBA Members’ Forum | April summary


In the latest DBA Members’ Forum we were joined by guests Matt Hocking, Creative Sustainability Officer and Founder at Leap, and Sigrid Brewka-Steeves, Head of Global Retail Environments at PUMA.

06/04/2022


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Five key take-aways from the What Clients Think Report


The 2022 What Clients Think Report was launched recently in a DBA webinar with the results illustrating how the client/agency relationship has changed as the world emerges from the Covid pandemic. The report is packed with useful insights. Here are five key take-aways.

05/04/2022


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Ukraine conflict | Resources for businesses


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29/03/2022


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DBA Roundup


A roundup of industry expertise, exclusive resources, business support and tools for your design business.

18/05/2022


News


Read more >>
shortlist

Meet the DBA’s new Chair


At our recent AGM, we we were delighted to welcome a new Chair of the DBA Board, ELSE's Founder Warren Hutchinson.

17/05/2022


News


Read more >>

My Life in Design: new podcast series


Lifting the curtain on some of the design sector's most respected names, tune in to the Design Community Hub's new podcast.

17/05/2022


News


Read more >>

The biggest issues facing design agencies


There are a number of issues facing agencies at the moment which are applying pressure to everyday...

17/05/2022


News


Read more >>

DBA Members’ Forum | May summary


In the latest DBA Members' Forum we were joined by guest High-Stakes Leadership Mentor, Sally...

04/05/2022


News


Read more >>

Free Pitching: how to respond


How do you tackle client requests to free pitch? The DBA's Head of Services, Adam Fennelow shares valuable pointers on how best to respond.

04/05/2022


News


Read more >>

New appointees to the DBA Board of Directors


We're delighted to welcome three new Directors to the DBA Board. TDC PR Founder & Managing Director, Tim Duncan, A Better View...

28/04/2022


News


Read more >>

DBA Members’ Forum | April summary


In the latest DBA Members’ Forum we were joined by guests Matt Hocking, Creative Sustainability Officer and Founder at Leap, and Sigrid Brewka-Steeves, Head of Global Retail Environments at PUMA.

06/04/2022


News


Read more >>

Five key take-aways from the What Clients Think Report


The 2022 What Clients Think Report was launched recently in a DBA webinar with the results illustrating how the client/agency relationship has changed as the world emerges from the Covid pandemic. The report is packed with useful insights. Here are five key take-aways.

05/04/2022


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Ukraine conflict | Resources for businesses


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29/03/2022


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DBA Roundup


A roundup of industry expertise, exclusive resources, business support and tools for your design business.

18/05/2022


News


Read more >>
shortlist

Meet the DBA’s new Chair


At our recent AGM, we we were delighted to welcome a new Chair of the DBA Board, ELSE's Founder Warren Hutchinson.

17/05/2022


News


Read more >>

My Life in Design: new podcast series


Lifting the curtain on some of the design sector's most respected names, tune in to the Design Community Hub's new podcast.

17/05/2022


News


Read more >>

The biggest issues facing design agencies


There are a number of issues facing agencies at the moment which are applying pressure to everyday...

17/05/2022


News


Read more >>

DBA Members’ Forum | May summary


In the latest DBA Members' Forum we were joined by guest High-Stakes Leadership Mentor, Sally...

04/05/2022


News


Read more >>

Free Pitching: how to respond


How do you tackle client requests to free pitch? The DBA's Head of Services, Adam Fennelow shares valuable pointers on how best to respond.

04/05/2022


News


Read more >>

New appointees to the DBA Board of Directors


We're delighted to welcome three new Directors to the DBA Board. TDC PR Founder & Managing Director, Tim Duncan, A Better View...

28/04/2022


News


Read more >>

DBA Members’ Forum | April summary


In the latest DBA Members’ Forum we were joined by guests Matt Hocking, Creative Sustainability Officer and Founder at Leap, and Sigrid Brewka-Steeves, Head of Global Retail Environments at PUMA.

06/04/2022


News


Read more >>

Five key take-aways from the What Clients Think Report


The 2022 What Clients Think Report was launched recently in a DBA webinar with the results illustrating how the client/agency relationship has changed as the world emerges from the Covid pandemic. The report is packed with useful insights. Here are five key take-aways.

05/04/2022


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Ukraine conflict | Resources for businesses


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29/03/2022


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