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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How to create a winning business development plan


How can you set your business apart in an increasingly competitive design industry? To stay ahead you need to take a proactive and targeted approach to developing new business. Creative industry expert David Parrish will share practical guidance to help you transform your new business effort and truly master the ‘soft sell’.

Business development and new business


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New thinking for new business development


Join us for a half-day workshop with business development and DBA expert Jonathan Kirk, who will look at ways to transform and rejuvenate your new business effort, whilst making your approach more enjoyable, up-to-date, relevant to clients and effective.

Business development and new business


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Presentation skills: improvers


Limited to 6 attendees, this practical full day workshop delivered by Preddy&Co Partner and DBA Expert Shan Preddy, is for those already giving presentations in their role, and explores the knowledge, skills and practical techniques needed in order to make presentations really successful. Attend to increase your confidence for successful presentations.

Communications skills, Presentation skills


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Presentations skills: the principles


If you’re starting to present to clients, suppliers or colleagues, or want to brush up on your skills and boost your confidence, then this half-day introductory workshop is for you. At this session Preddy&Co Partner and DBA Expert Shan Preddy will cover all the basics you need to know in order to have the impact that you want with your presentations.

Communications skills, Presentation skills


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How the law works for you


Get up to speed with your colleagues on intellectual property rights in a global context and find out how your designs can generate income while you sleep. Industry expert Henry Lydiate will address key questions through an intensive exploration of design IP.

IP and understanding the law


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Design and the law


Gain an excellent basic working knowledge of the legal and business frameworks in which design consultancies and their clients operate worldwide with legal and business consultant Henry Lydiate. You will also explore essential contractual situations in the design industry, how to construct and manage them, as well as strategies for handling disagreements and legal disputes, and how to avoid them.

IP and understanding the law


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Managing people


This half-day workshop with Henry Lydiate is aimed at people working in design who’ve had little or no training or experience in managing or supervising work colleagues. Learn a range of skills and abilities you'll need to manage people effectively, and achieve great results through your team.

People management and leadership


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Engaging people: management and development skills


At this solution-focused and practical half-day workshop, leadership and coaching expert Hilary Gee will draw on his extensive experience and yours to explore the use of different management styles and behaviours. He’ll equip you with confidence, tools and techniques so you can develop greater clarity, engagement, creativity and commitment in your staff to maximise your team’s potential.

People management and leadership


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Developing your people


A design agency’s biggest asset is its people. If you are a leader or senior manager who wants to improve their business by developing people, this workshop is for you. Legal and business consultant Henry Lydiate draws upon the key strategies and tactics employed by successful businesses that have managed organisational change over the past 15 years.

People management and leadership


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Make your website work harder


Is your website a proactive advertisement or a passive brochure? Are you confident that it’s communicating your agency’s true strengths? At this half-day workshop with DBA Expert Jonathan Kirk, we’ll look at how clients view design agency websites, using feedback from hundreds of client interviews that Up to the Light conducts on behalf of agencies.

Marketing and PR


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