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.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check out our in house training sessions here.

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Developing your leaders: effective frameworks for business continuity | Half-day workshop


Have you thought about the future of your business beyond your involvement, even if you have no intention of exiting it anytime soon? Your long-term business plan is inextricably linked to succession planning to ensure your business continues to run as usual. Join organisational strategy and DBA expert Heli Heartland at this essential workshop to apply a leadership development framework to your organisation and futureproof your business. Strengthen your organisation and lead your business to success.

Date: 04/03/2020



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Expert account management: delivering the best for your team, agency and clients | Half-day workshop


Successful account management gives structure to high-pressure environments, helps build good relationships with your clients and ensures your team are working to their optimum capacity. Join design industry expert Jan Casey who will share practical guidance at this timely half-day workshop to hone your approach so that you are leading and excelling as a skilled account manager. Deliver the best work to time, budget and brief by understanding your client and their vision.

Date: 10/03/2020



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Differentiating your design business | DBA Networking (Leeds)


Join your design industry peers and hear from DBA Expert Nick Gray at this stimulating networking evening event on differentiating your design business. Challenge the competition and build your networks by engaging with the DBA and meeting our experts face-to-face.

Date: 11/03/2020



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Differentiating your design business | DBA Networking (Manchester)


Join your design industry peers and hear from DBA Expert Nick Gray at this stimulating networking breakfast event on differentiating your design business. Challenge the competition and build your networks by engaging with the DBA and meeting our experts face-to-face.

Date: 11/03/2020



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Positioning for growth: achieving your strategic point of difference | Half-day training workshop


Standing out from the crowd is a challenge in an increasingly competitive design industry. Join creative advisor and DBA Expert Nick Gray at this hands-on workshop where he will provide client examples and offer practical advice to illustrate how to achieve your strategic point of difference. Gain a deeper understanding of what clients want and challenge the competition with an authentic approach to positioning.

Date: 19/03/2020



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Presentation skills | Half-day workshop


The more you know about presenting your ideas, plans, budgets, timelines and recommendations confidently and convincingly to colleagues and clients, the more successful you’ll be at getting the results you want in meetings and in scheduled video and voice calls. Join Shan Preddy, Partner at Preddy&Co and long-term DBA Expert, for a fast-paced session packed with interactivity, brain-stretching exercises, practical work and top tips.

Date: 26/03/2020



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Influencing at board level: how to communicate and persuade at the top | Half-day workshop


Join business transformation and DBA Expert Ralph Ardill at this inspiring half-day workshop to raise your confidence and ability to hold authoritative and impactful conversations at board level. Articulate the value of design at board level to propel your design business further and stay competitive.

Date: 02/04/2020



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Managing a team: transitioning from employee to manager | Half-day workshop


Stepping up and becoming a manager requires an elevated skill set. Some of what you need will be innate and there’s a likely reason that you were chosen to be a manager. However, there are some other skills you will need to learn and build; even your natural gifts have to be strengthened. Join co-founder of JourneyHR and DBA Expert Aliya Vigor-Robertson to gain useful tools and advice on how to get the best out of the people you manage.

Date: 23/04/2020



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Owning the work: leveraging your assets for commercial success | Half-day workshop


Do you make the most of what you own? Most design agencies have under-utilised intellectual assets sitting across their business, not to mention those they might be unwittingly giving away for free. Join intellectual property and DBA expert Erica Wolfe-Murray at this fast-paced half-day workshop to unearth your IP, explore its value and build new income generating products and services. Leverage your assets and improve commercial resilience.

Date: 29/04/2020



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2020 DBA Design Effectiveness Awards Ceremony and Dinner


Join us at the 2020 Design Effectiveness Awards ceremony to celebrate the transformative power of design. Toast the success of the collaborations between businesses and agencies at this prestigious industry event and discover which shortlisted entries have won Gold, Silver or Bronze awards.

Date: 05/05/2020



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