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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What Clients Think…and how to make them love you | Half-day seminar

Jonathan Kirk at Up to the Light, has been conducting his ‘What Clients Think’ report every year since 2014, interviewing over 500 clients each time to lift the lid on what clients are really thinking. Join us at this half-day seminar for exclusive first access to the report, and the thinking behind it all, to help you understand what clients really want – and how you can deliver it.

Date: 27/11/2019


Moore Kingston Smith: the certainty of uncertainty

Join Moore Kingston Smith at the launch event for their 2019 annual survey report. The seminar will cover the key findings of the survey, analysing identified KPIs and trends within the advertising, digital, branding and design, PR, media buying and marketing and sales promotion sectors. DBA members will receive a 20% discount off ticket purchases and the survey - click 'read more' to find out how to claim.

Date: 28/11/2019


Exporting: events, tradeshows and missions

Events are one of the most effective ways to support companies looking for trade opportunities. Keep up to date with the Department of International Trade's calendar of events, webinars and tradeshows, to help your business export.

Date: 30/11/2019


Planning for success: setting your strategy for new business in 2020 | Half-day training workshop

Join business development and DBA expert Lucy Mann at this new business planning bootcamp for 2020 to create a workable, efficient plan and start the new year with a fresh approach. Gain momentum and start 2020 with confidence and direction.

Date: 03/12/2019


Finding your gravitas: winning new business with confidence | Half-day training workshop

Your overall performance in the presentation room can be the tipping point for a client and persuade them that your idea is worth buying. Join DBA Expert Catherine Allison to gain that much needed edge when pitching for new business.

Date: 03/12/2019


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. Simply quote the DBA scheme number when registering. View the schedule, read further details about each webinar and register your place.

Date: 11/12/2019


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