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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The unique characteristics that make up design businesses are what sets it apart from other industries. It’s an industry that thinks differently, works differently and aspires differently, and it is made of people like you. People and businesses who choose to be Small Giants.

You’re driven by a genuine desire to the best at what you do, to create a stimulating place for your staff to work, to provide great client servicing, to make a wider positive impact beyond simply your own financial gains.

But whether you own a design business, work in one or commission design on behalf of a department or business, these skills don’t necessarily come naturally or easily. Our training programme will help you hone the skills you need to make the design business you lead or work in truly great.


Leadership: key challenges and how to tackle them

Join your fellow DBA members and leadership expert Sally Henderson at our first breakfast event of the year for an enlightening discussion about channeling leadership for satisfaction and growth in the design industry.

Date: 12/02/2019


Expert project management skills

Successful project management is essential in the design industry. It helps to give structure to high-pressure environments, ensures your team are working to their optimum capacity, and makes sure every hour is well spent. Design industry expert Jan Casey will share practical guidance to help you towards becoming a skilled project manager.

Date: 05/03/2019


Unlock the potential of existing clients

Gain insights into the client perspective on agency new business tactics and explore how client development can be built in to your client service approach, rather than a bolt-on.

Date: 06/03/2019


New thinking for new business development

Discover new ways to transform and rejuvenate your new business effort, whilst making your approach more enjoyable, up to date, client relevant and effective.

Date: 06/03/2019


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...

Date: 07/03/2019


Negotiation skills

In the design business, negotiation is a skill you use every day. With prospects, clients, colleagues and suppliers alike, you spend a significant amount of time negotiating deadlines, creative decisions, budgets and many other elements of your work.

Date: 12/03/2019


Innovation management

Innovation is key to the growth of design businesses and their clients. This workshop gives you the skills to review, revalue and improve you innovation management processes.

Date: 12/03/2019


Presentation skills: improvers

Increase the success rate of your presentations through this full-day training workshop where you'll learn to structure your content, work to objectives and responses and use body language to increase your influence.

Date: 13/03/2019


Designing strategy for growth

Join DBA expert Michael Thomson to gain greater clarity on how design can be more powerfully connected to strategic growth. This workshop will provoke you to step back and reflect on the strategic direction and purpose of your businesses – whether small or large and whether employees or founding directors.

Date: 13/03/2019


PR and profile raising

Simplify your sales process and increase your strike rate with a comprehensive PR and marketing programme that increases your profile and reach.

Date: 14/03/2019


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