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.

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Effective communication: the fundamentals


Communication skills are essential when liaising with colleagues, clients and suppliers. Understand how to instinctively use the right approach in different settings and gain renewed confidence in your communication skills.

Date: 09/10/2018


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DBA Annual Survey Report launch and Annual General Meeting


DBA members are invited to the launch of the 2018 DBA Annual Survey Report and the 2018 Annual General Meeting. The evening is a fundamental example of what DBA membership is about; championing the transformative power of design and supporting the industry's growth, join us to gain invaluable knowledge and share your voice.

Date: 09/10/2018


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Presentation skills: introduction


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.

Date: 11/10/2018


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Managing projects efficiently


This workshop will cover how to prioritise conflicting needs, pitfalls to avoid and how to prevent things going wrong through exercises and discussion. When you leave you'll be armed with a 5 step framework for effective project management.

Date: 11/10/2018


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How to frame your strategic offer and charge for it


Your agency may already offer strategic services. Join us to explore how to more effectively package and articulate your strategic offer and turn it into a real revenue stream. ** Places at this workshop have now sold out. Please email bookings@dba.org.uk, we'll add you to the waiting list and email you if a place becomes available. **

Date: 16/10/2018


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Influencing at board level


Take your business further by understanding the unspoken rules for successful board-level relationships. Join this workshop to increase your ability to craft board level conversations.

Date: 16/10/2018


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Leading creative teams: how to motivate your people


Roberta Ronsivalle Pearce draws from the latest thinking in neuroscience and positive psychology to provide a basic framework to help you redefine your purpose as a leader and develop a culture where both you, your people and business thrive.

Date: 17/10/2018


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DBA members discuss… Small Giants (Manchester)


Join your fellow Manchester based DBA members as DBA Head of Services, Adam Fennelow chairs a discussion with Colin Burns, Chief Design Officer at the BBC to dissect the attributes of creative leaders and what sets them apart from the rest.

Date: 17/10/2018


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Expert client handling


Become an expert at managing high-level relationships. Join this workshop to take a proactive approach and reboot your relationships.

Date: 18/10/2018


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DBA members discuss… Small Giants (Midlands)


Join your fellow DBA members as Paul Brammer, Managing Director of Exesios, discusses how he downsized his business to regain control, and how unique alternatives to new business development, namely joining an international collective of agencies, have delivered results for growth.

Date: 06/11/2018


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