If you’re in the business of buying design, we can help you find the right design agency to suit your needs; our free directory makes finding and commissioning the right designer simple. Search through over 450 UK design agencies who share a commitment to the practise of effective design.
From receiving expert help and guidance to benchmarking your business’ performance, the Members’ Area is a gateway to resources, services and support specifically developed for those working in the field of design.
Some sections are exclusively accessible to DBA members, connecting you to the extensive range of benefits your membership provides.
DBA membership extends to everyone working within your business – all members of your team can register for their own password – ensuring the whole team benefits.
The following services are exclusively available to DBA members, connecting you to the extensive range of benefits your membership provides.
DBA membership extends to everyone working within your business – all members of your team can register for their own password – ensuring the whole team benefits from the services available.
Helplines – Legal, HR and employment, Insurance and R&D tax credits
In addition to a free legal health check when you join, DBA members have ongoing access to free and impartial advice via our partnerships with specialist organisations – essential for good business practice and for when those unexpected or unknown situations crop up.
Legal Helpline – our solicitors are highly experienced in design law and have advised members since the Association was first founded in 1986. DBA members get a free legal health check when they join. Throughout your membership, you can access half an hour free consultation on any particular topic. This service is unlimited, meaning DBA members can access free consultations on any number of topics at any time.
HR and Employment Helpline – unlimited access to a team of highly experienced, professional consultants who can provide practical, reliable HR and employment advice.
Insurance – from Professional Indemnity to Office Contents insurance our brokers have developed insurance products especially for design agencies.
R&D Tax Advisors – whether you’ve worked on designing a new product, or developed a bespoke digital solution for a client, you may be eligible to receive a valuable tax credit or refund. Our partners have extensive knowledge of the design industry and come recommended by many DBA members.
Showing and telling prospective clients that you are a member of the Design Business Association with the member statement and logo is one of the many ways you can leverage your membership. In a crowded marketplace, DBA membership articulates the values by which you run your business and sets your business apart.
Update your agency profile
The DBA Directory is an invaluable online tool used by clients to search for agencies like yours. It is a framework for business assurance, enabling clients to confidently choose the right agency for their needs. Only DBA members are listed. Be present in the search and secure a differentiating PQQ Badge for your consultancy, indicating you are ‘procurement ready’.
Update your profile. (We are currently updating this feature)
Guides & Resources
Developed specifically for DBA members, our library of guides and resources fast tracks you to expert advice, information, data, templates and tools which address a wide range of business challenges, such as how to streamline your business processes, save you time and money, and ultimately to help you run your business better.
If you have a particular business challenge or are looking to move your agency to the next level, we’ll work closely with you to connect you to an expert, whatever the issue. We’ve identified expert consultants with sustained and relevant experience in supporting the design industry, so you can rest assured that we can introduce you to the right one to meet your needs.
Annual Survey Report
All DBA members can request an abridged pdf version of the Annual Survey Report. If you participated in the survey, you gain access to the Annual Survey Report website with interactive data.
Discounts to third party events
When there is a conference or seminar by another organisation that we feel would be of interest to our members we try to secure a DBA Member discount. If you are interested in one that is not listed on our discounts page please flag it to us so we can approach the organisers.