Events & Training

Whether junior designer or design leader, account handler or MD everyone benefits from fresh perspective, knowledge-share, new insights and debate.

Our events and training courses are renowned within the industry for their quality, relevance and proven capability to boost the confidence and performance of individuals and teams.

From lively networking events to skills development workshops, from in-depth business growth programmes to stimulating round-tables, our extensive range of events and training has something to offer every member of your team, across all roles and levels within your business.

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In-house training

Bring our leading design industry specific workshops to your office. You can save on travel costs, time and course fees when our expert trainers come to you and your team.

All of our workshops are available to be delivered in-house and they can be tailored to suit the specific needs of your team and your business. Fees cover all course materials, couriers and tutor fees. You just need to provide the space for the workshop to take place, catering and AV equipment.

Benefits of in-house training:

  • Enjoy the flexibility and convenience of bringing our highly regarded training courses to you. 
  • Provide a learning experience for your team which is specific to your organisation and to the needs of your business. 
  • Choose from our standard courses listed below, or chat to us about tailoring a course to your needs or creating a bespoke course. 
  • Reduce time out of the office and bring the trainer to your business. 
  • Take advantage of our in-house training discounts to save money. 

Contact us to discuss the options available on 020 7251 9229 or email bookings@dba.org.uk.

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Expert project management skills


Successful project management is essential in the design industry. It helps to give structure to high-pressure environments, ensures...

Core business skills


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Managing your time


Got a million things on your things-to-do list? Time is money. Discover how to spend your time better and maintain quality and creativity under pressure. A half-day workshop with Jenny McConnell.

Core business skills


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What clients want


That burning question - learn how to see design from the client's perspective. A half-day workshop with Jan Casey.

Client relationships


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Managing design agencies and teams


Build on the theory and your on-the-job experience and become the driving force in your agency relationships. Discover how you can get exactly what you need from your agencies every time. Full-day workshop with Jan Casey.

Working with design agencies


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From management to leadership


Being a leader is different to being a manager – suddenly you're responsible for the direction and success of not only yourself and...

People management and leadership


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Making the most of what you own


Understand your business assets and how you can retain and monetise them. Join this workshop to understand more about IP, and come away with a toolkit you can use to explore all your asset opportunities.

IP and understanding the law


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Transform and grow your creative business


You may have a vision for your business growth, but how can you make this into a reality? Attend this workshop to understand how to successfully transform and grow your business.

Business development and new business


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Managing projects efficiently


The ability to manage a variety of different projects is key in the design industry. Learn how to prioritise conflicting demands using a 5 step framework for effective project management.

Core business skills


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Influencing at board level


Take your business further by understanding the unspoken rules for successful board-level relationships. Join this workshop to increase your ability to craft board level conversations.

Client relationships


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Effective communication: the fundamentals


Communication skills are essential when liaising with colleagues, clients and suppliers. Understand how to instinctively use the right approach in different settings and gain renewed confidence in your communication skills.

Communications skills


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