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.


Funding for design businesses: R&D tax incentives

Could your business benefit from valuable funding? We can tell you how. You’re invited to a DBA member exclusive webinar on Tuesday...

Date: 26/02/2019


DBA members discuss…new business opportunities (Bristol)

Join your fellow DBA members and our DBA Expert, business development consultant Jonathan Kirk at our next member’s networking event in Bristol for an engaging discussion about growing your business and attracting bigger clients.

Date: 26/02/2019


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 from DBA Expert Jonathan Kirk into the client perspective on agency new business tactics and explore how client development can be built in to your client service approach for best effect.

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. Learn from industry expert Jonathan Kirk and leave with advice you can incorporate into your business.

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 your immediate team, but also your business, and beyond. This high-impact workshop with creative and analytical Coach and Trainer Heli Heartland will give you the awareness, skills and grounding to confidently step into leadership, whether it’s within your current role or a completely new one.

Date: 07/03/2019


Negotiation skills

Join DBA Expert Shan Preddy to learn how to adopt the top qualities of a good negotiator and get what you want and need from any negotiation situation.

Date: 12/03/2019


Presentation skills: improvers

Join DBA Expert, design-sector trainer, mentor and consultant Shan Preddy to increase the success rate of your presentations. During this full-day training workshop, you will learn to structure your content, work to objectives and responses and use body language to increase your influence.

Date: 13/03/2019


Redefining thought leadership

Gain a fresh perspective on thought leadership with a forensic look at what works, what doesn't, how and when agencies engage, and how you can create a relevant, consistent and effective thought leadership programme for your audience. DBA expert and Up To The Light founder Jonathan Kirk will use feedback and insight gained from hundreds of client interviews to lead this invaluable session.

Date: 14/03/2019


Client relationship skills

Enhance your client relationship skills to turn ad-hoc accounts into long-term and fruitful relationships that continue to provide your agency with business. Attend this workshop led by DBA expert Shan Preddy to find out how to develop and build strong, long-lasting relationships with your clients and, ultimately, contribute to growing the design business you're a part of through client recommendations, referrals and repeat business.

Date: 15/03/2019


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