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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The power of new business


Join us for a stimulating afternoon on new business development tactics and techniques that really work to drive your business to success. Chaired by Lucy Mann of Gunpowder Consulting, this seminar will be led by industry experts Robin Bonn, Hilary Gallo, Erica Wolfe-Murray, Alex Sibille and Dan Sudron.

Date: 25/04/2019



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What a difference PR makes


Join former BBC correspondent turned PR guru, Mike Sergeant, for this free breakfast to find out how to maximise the potential of your Design Effectiveness Award.

Date: 07/05/2019



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Where do you want your business to go? Shape your strategic direction


Join this workshop with DBA Expert Michael Thomson who will provoke you to step back and reflect on the strategic direction and purpose of your businesses. Whether small or large, employees or founding directors.

Date: 14/05/2019



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Presentation skills: improvers


Join DBA Expert, design-sector trainer, mentor and consultant Shan Preddy to increase the success rate of your presentations. During this full-day training workshop, you will learn to structure your content, work to objectives and responses and use body language to increase your influence.

Date: 15/05/2019



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DBA members discuss…how does your business grow? (Manchester)


Join the DBA and guest speaker Lucy Mann for breakfast in Manchester to meet old friends, make new connections, and learn business development tactics and techniques that really work to drive your business forward.

Date: 15/05/2019



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DBA members discuss…how does your business grow? (Leeds)


Join the DBA and guest speaker DBA for drinks in Leeds to meet old friends, make new connections, and learn business development tactics and techniques that really work to drive your business forward.

Date: 15/05/2019



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Pitch and win


Up to the Light’s founder, DBA Expert Jonathan Kirk, explores how you can increase your chances of success through understanding the client’s motivation and expectations, developing your own processes and structuring the right argument.

Date: 16/05/2019



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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: 21/05/2019



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Create and maintain a high performing team


Do you need engaging strategies to create and maintain your high performing team? Aliya Vigor-Robertson from JourneyHR leads this management course to help elevate your team's performance to greater success.

Date: 22/05/2019



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How to build resilience in leadership


Can you inspire your teams to develop and flourish in times of uncertainty and change? As a manager and leader, it’s essential to build resilience at work and lead your teams with confidence and strength. Sue Shaw from JourneyHR shares theoretical insight and practical tools and techniques for you and your teams.

Date: 23/05/2019



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