All about Design

In a rapidly changing and increasingly demanding marketplace, design is a critical source of competitive advantage. Embedded within, and throughout a business, design can impact across the total enterprise transforming its fortunes and tangibly realising its strategic intent. 

From measuring success to sharing excellence and best practice, we work to build universal confidence in design investment, and to enable thriving partnerships between those commissioning and managing design and the agencies delivering it.

Through our work, and with the powerful collective voice of our membership, the DBA is uniquely placed to drive design ever further up the agenda in business and government. 

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Representing In-house design

Amongst the DBA membership is a group of  businesses that see design as an investment, not a cost. They believe it should play a central role in the way they differentiate their businesses from competitors. They are dedicated to bringing design and business closer together, working to build a truly productive partnership between those commissioning and managing design and the agencies delivering it.

Our In-house Design Group takes good design leadership to a higher level; further sharpening the competitive edge that comes from getting design into the heart of business as a driver for success.

Our In-house Design Group spans a cross section of industries that invest in and value design. The group recognises the benefits of:

  • Cutting edge thinking on design effectiveness and maximising the return of investment in design.
  • Access to expertise on every aspect of design procurement.
  • Gaining a platform to voice their views and shape the future of UK design both nationally and internationally.

Research conducted by McKinsey concluded that businesses that embrace design generated 32% more revenue and 56% more shareholder returns than rivals over a five-year period.

Members of the DBA include:


“There are two key reasons why I thought it was a good idea to be part of the DBA. First, the opportunity to network with those doing a similar role to me in Industry, share best practice and learn from my peers. Second, having worked agency side as well as client side, I relish the opportunity to both learn from interacting with a wide variety of agencies, and also bring perspectives and influence of the industry.”

Jeremy Lindley, Global Design Director, Diageo.

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