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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How to manage your team


This workshop will give you the skills and tools to manage and develop your team with confidence. Join Aliya Vigor-Robertson from JourneyHR for this informative half-day workshop to build your capabilities as a manager.

Date: 17/09/2019



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DBA Members discuss…driving new business (Edinburgh)


How do you create the perfect new business and marketing ecosystem for your company? With Brexit nearing ever-closer, there's no better time to take a magnifying glass to your new business strategy. Discuss, explore and problem solve how to grow and sustain your income with your local industry peers, receive expert advice and speak face-to-face with the DBA.

Date: 18/09/2019


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Recruit and retain your best talent | DBA Member breakfast


Your people are your business, and competition for them is fierce. Find out how to stay ahead of the curve in the recruitment race with Aliya Vigor-Robertson, Co-Founder of JourneyHR.

Date: 19/09/2019



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DBA Annual Survey Report Launch and AGM


DBA members are invited to the launch of the 2019 DBA Annual Survey Report and the 2019 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: 10/10/2019



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European Brand and Packaging Design Association’s Meet & Greet: what is the value of design?


How can we convince clients of the value of design? Join your design industry peers from all over Europe at the European Brand and Packaging Design Association’s (epda) Meet & Greet on 11 October at The Lighthouse, Glasgow. Be inspired by real success stories, receive advice on how to better sell the value of design to your clients and learn from experts such as DBA Chief Executive, Deborah Dawton, Margaret Nolan from Denomination and Jonathan Sands from Elmwood.

Date: 11/10/2019


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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: 16/10/2019



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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: 25/10/2019



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Fit for success with David C. Baker | Full day workshop


With the business uncertainty surrounding Brexit, what better time to make sure your business is fit for success? If you want to understand how to run a financially successful design business or you're looking to sense check your business against leading industry insight, look no further.

Date: 07/11/2019



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Design thinking for designers | Two-day training workshop


Design thinking asks you not just to solve a problem – but to ask questions so you can identify the real challenges facing your client. Allow yourself to think bigger and uncover more creative solutions. Join leading design thinking practitioners Jonathan Ball and David Townson for a truly hands on approach to the concept, and take away a structured approach to design thinking you can start using straightaway.

Date: 26/11/2019



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