Members’ Area

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.

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Essential guidance, templates, insight and tools to support you on all aspects of the business of design. From contracts to client opinion, legal updates to exporting support, our resources give you instant access to expert advice and tools to help solve a wide range of business challenges.

If you can’t find the information you’re after please email membership@dba.org.uk or call 020 7251 9229 and we’ll look to source or signpost you to guidance to match your needs. 

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Two-way Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)


Standard NDA's are fine, but creative conversations are rarely one-way. Both sides need to speak freely in the knowledge that their IP is safe. This two-way NDA from Humphries Kirk does just that and is free to DBA members.

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Engaging for success: enhancing performance through employee engagement


Employee engagement goes beyond simple job satisfaction. It combines commitment to the organisation and its values with a willingness to go the extra mile for colleagues. Engaged employees are both more productive and more fulfilled than their less engaged counterparts. Employee engagement is a key ingredient for organisational success and employee wellbeing.

Business skills, HR


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Making sure your team feels motivated from month one


Behaviour is contagious so leaders need to remember to be role models for the business and demonstrate the behaviours that they want to see in the rest of the team.
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Navigating the summertime slump


Rather than fear the summer exodus, JourneyHR's Aliya Vigor-Robertson looks at how you can embrace the chance to create a culture at your business that puts employee wellbeing at the heart and gives staff something to look forward to, whether in or out of the office.
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Give new clients an early win


In a world where there are fewer traditional, tactile deliverables, we need to rearrange our thinking about what we’re doing for clients. I want to suggest two specific things.

New business & client relations


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Taking control of events


Events can (and should) be key to your business development success, but care is needed.

New business & client relations


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Contracts add clarity


What would you do if a freelancer walked out on a project the day before a big client meeting – with everything you needed on their laptop?

Legal


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Contract termination: Securing the right to walk away


When negotiating a contract it is easy to become fixated on the terms governing who will do what, by when and for how much. However, equal thought needs to be given to what happens if things go wrong and in particular your rights of termination.

Advice for clients, Financial, Legal, New business & client relations


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Best or reasonable endeavours? What a difference a word makes


Once signed, a contract represents a formal record of the agreement made between you and your client. The obligations under that agreement are often absolute, with any failure to satisfy them being considered a breach of contract which could result in a dispute, and considerable expense.

Advice for clients, Financial, Legal, New business & client relations


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The key to success: put employees first


A workforce is, without a shadow of doubt, a business’ biggest and best asset. Without the right employees, it can be an uphill struggle to grow and thrive, especially in times of uncertainty. But while waving a decent paycheck may once have been enough to attract people to the job, employee demands and needs have evolved.

Business skills, HR


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