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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Unlock the potential of existing clients


Client development is a vital skill that can have a massive impact on agency growth; however, there often tends to be a greater focus on the more expensive business of winning new clients. At this half-day workshop with DBA Expert Jonathan Kirk, you’ll explore how client development can be integrated into your client service approach.

Business development and new business


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Using thought leadership and events to attract new business


As digital technology continues to disrupt the way we buy and sell services, there are an increasing number of opportunities for creative businesses to market themselves to prospective clients. Join business development and DBA Expert Lucy Mann for this half-day workshop exploring the value of thought leadership and how your agency can stand out from the crowd.

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Turning clients into advocates: how to grow referrals


Are you focusing your business development efforts solely on new (mostly cold) business opportunities? If the majority of your new business comes from referrals, then why not focus more of your marketing and business development efforts on promoting referrals from existing clients and advocates. This workshop with DBA Expert, Lucy Mann, will show you how to leverage your existing client relationships.

Business development and new business


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How to punch above your weight


As a small or medium agency, it's important to sell your strengths and use your position to your advantage. DBA Expert Jonathan Kirk will share his expertise, from both the client and agency sides, to help you explore a range of practical ideas to really sell your strengths. Join us to find out how to use your position to your advantage and change client perceptions.

Business development and new business


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How to frame your strategic offer and charge for it


To solve your client’s business issues you need to work with them at a strategic level. But how do you go about framing your strategic offer, persuading clients of your value to them as a strategic partner, and charging for it? Join DBA Expert Jonathan Kirk to explore how to more effectively package and articulate your agency's offer and turn it into a real revenue stream.

Client relationships


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Expert client handling: managing high level relationships


How can you develop better relationships with your clients and work together more collaboratively? Join client services expert Chris Merrington to explore the unique ways in which you can take your senior client relationships to the next level.

Client relationships


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Cracking procurement


Getting past your client’s procurement team can sometimes be a bit of a hurdle, so why not make the process as painless as possible and get better results for your agency at the same time? This interactive workshop with marketing procurement specialist Phil Massey explores the key to cracking procurement.

Client relationships


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The business of design


Ever wondered how design businesses operate in a commercial context or what clients actually expect from design? This half day workshop with industry expert Michael Thomson develops your understanding of design as a business in a national and international context and is relevant to agencies of all shapes and sizes.

Core business skills


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Leading creative teams


Leadership consultant and DBA Expert Roberta Ronsivalle Pearce draws from the latest thinking in neuroscience and positive psychology to help you redefine your purpose as a leader. This highly experiential full-day workshop will provide you with insight on what motivates people and how to drastically improve the way they work together, and help you develop a culture where you, your people and your business thrive.
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