If you’re in the business of buying design, we can help you find the right design agency to suit your needs; our free directory makes finding and commissioning the right designer simple. Search through over 450 UK design agencies who share a commitment to the practise of effective design.
From 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.
DBA members can access the resources available to support the growth of your team and your business.
The following services are exclusively available 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 from the services available.
Legal, HR and employment advisers
As well as a free legal health check when you join, DBA members have ongoing access to free and impartial advice via our partnerships with specialist organisations – essential for good business practice and for when those unexpected or unknown situations crop up.
Humphries Kirk – highly experienced in design law. DBA members get a free legal health check when they join. Throughout your membership, you can access half an hour free consultation on any particular topic. This service is unlimited, meaning DBA members can access free consultations on any number of topics at any time.
Croner Consulting – access to a team of highly experienced, professional consultants who can provide practical, reliable HR and employment advice.
Bluefin – from Professional Indemnity to Office Contents insurance our brokers, Bluefin, have developed insurance products especially for design agencies.
ForrestBrown – whether you’ve worked on designing a new product, or developed a bespoke digital solution for a client, you may be eligible to receive a valuable tax credit or refund. ForrestBrown have extensive knowledge of the design industry and come recommended by many DBA members.
We work with industry affiliates to secure additional discounts for DBA members on design events, for beneficial services, or products that could enhance your business. Previous partners include D&AD, Like Minds, the Design and Technology Association, FUSE Europe and more.
Membership logo and statement
Showing and telling prospective clients that you are a member of the Design Business Association with the member statement and logo is one of the many ways you can leverage your membership. In a crowded marketplace, DBA membership articulates the values by which you run your business and sets your business apart.
Update your agency profile
The DBA Directory is an invaluable online tool used by clients to search for agencies like yours. It is a framework for business assurance, enabling clients to confidently choose the right agency for their needs. Only DBA members are listed. Be present in the search and secure a differentiating PQQ Badge for your consultancy, indicating you are ‘procurement ready’.
Developed specifically for DBA members, our library of guides and resources fast tracks you to expert advice, information, data, templates and tools which address a wide range of business challenges, such as how to streamline your business processes, save you time and money, and ultimately to help you run your business better.
If you have a particular business challenge or are looking to move your agency to the next level, we’ll work closely with you to connect you to an expert, whatever the issue. We’ve identified expert consultants with sustained and relevant experience in supporting the design industry, so you can rest assured that we can introduce you to the right one to meet your needs.
Annual Survey Report
All DBA members can request an abridged pdf version of the Annual Survey Report. If you participated in the survey, you gain access to the Annual Survey Report website with interactive data.