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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Your DBA training, events and coronavirus

Updated on 30.05.2020

Timely and relevant insight from leading industry advisors and trusted experts to help you tackle your current business challenges.

In recent weeks, we’ve been joined by an eclectic mix of industry experts, including David C. Baker, Blair Enns, John Gleason, Moore Kingston Smith and PepsiCo’s Mauro Porcini to name a few, covering topics from financial strategy and new business development to client relationships and design leadership. 

Couldn’t join us at the time? DBA Members can view all past webinar recordings here by logging in with a member account.

Stay up to date on upcoming DBA webinars and online training by signing up to our mailing list here and regularly checking our listing below.

Get in touch with us at bookings@dba.org.uk if you have any queries about past or future events.

I’m finding the webinars and support from the DBA invaluable at this time. It helps to feel connected, they focus the mind and highlight simple action points that are all achievable. – Helen Noel, Client Services and Creative Director, Brand+Soul

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Managing people: getting the best out of your team | Online 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: 01/10/2020



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DBA Annual Survey Report launch 2020 | DBA Member webinar


Join us on Thursday 8 October from 3pm for the launch of the 2020 DBA Annual Survey Report via a special member-only webinar. Esther Carder, Partner, Moore Kingston Smith will present a detailed analysis of the benchmarking data and trends across key performance metrics affecting design agencies, and will give insight into how to apply these valuable findings to your business. The DBA Annual Survey Report is the most valuable tool you will find to help you plan effectively for 2021.

Date: 08/10/2020



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Presentation skills | Online 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 these fast-paced online sessions packed with interactivity, brain-stretching exercises, practical work and top tips.

Date: 19/10/2020



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HR Webinars, free for DBA members


As part of your DBA membership you are able to access our HR and employment law partner, Croner's schedule of webinars. This currently includes webinars focused on workplace issues arising out of the coronavirus pandemic. Simply quote the DBA scheme number when registering. View the schedule, read further details about each webinar and register your place.

Date: 26/10/2020



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Managing your time: taking back control to stay focused and increase productivity | Online workshop


Join creative industry expert Jenny McConnell at this essential half-day online workshop to learn the habits and hacks to propel you from being hyper-busy to becoming focused and productive. Regain control of your time and create a better balance to increase your productivity and make the most of your working day.

Date: 27/10/2020



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Influencing at board level: how to communicate and persuade at the top | Online workshop


Join business transformation and DBA Expert Ralph Ardill at this inspiring online 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: 04/11/2020



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Positioning for business growth: achieving your strategic point of difference | Online 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 online 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: 10/11/2020



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Watch past DBA Friday webinars: expert advice during the coronavirus pandemic


During DBA Friday webinars, design-sector specific insight and advice is delivered to help members tackle the business challenges they are currently facing. DBA members can watch the recordings of all previous webinars here by logging in with a member account.

Date: 31/12/2020


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