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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Resources

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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DBA Roundup


A roundup of industry expertise, exclusive resources, business support and tools for your design business.

Business skills, Financial, HR, International trade, Legal, Maximise membership, New business & client relations, Strategy development


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Embracing Change


DBA Expert Natasha Ellard-Shoefield takes a timely look at how we can capitalise on changes brought about the by the pandemic, to improve opportunities for all.
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2021 What Clients Think report


Based on 580 client interviews conducted on behalf of design agencies, this highly respected annual report is a fascinating snapshot of the client/agency relationship. Browse 3 top take-aways from the launch event and access the full report.

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HR and employment law webinars


DBA members benefit from free registration to a wide range of webinars delivered by our HR and employment law partner, Croner. Hosted by knowledgeable and renowned professionals in their respective fields, Croner’s Webinar & E-Learning sessions cover HR and health & safety basics, right through to specialised training sessions including relevant legislation and key case law. They are currently also running webinars focusing on workplace issues arising from the coronavirus pandemic. View the schedule and book

Advice for clients, Financial, HR, Legal


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Making the right financial decisions in 2021: live Q&A with Moore Kingston Smith LLP | DBA webinar


When we are faced with tough business decisions and multiple, sometimes unclear options, thinking with our heart before our head is a tempting path to follow. In this 90-minute webinar, Moore Kingston Smith covered staffing, finance, debt and cashflow management and Brexit. Ensure you have all the answers and watch the full recording here.

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Crossroad moments: how to take the right turn


How agency leaders can make confident business decisions at pivotal moments.

Business skills, Financial, New business & client relations, Strategy development


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DBA Webinars: Providing you with expert advice to support your business


Design-sector specific insight and advice delivered by experts, to help you tackle the challenges and opportunities for your business. DBA members can browse the gallery and watch recordings of previous DBA webinars.

Business skills, Financial, HR, Legal, New business & client relations, Strategy development


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What Clients Think 2021 report launch | Exclusive webinar for DBA Members


Watch the launch webinar of Up to the Light’s highly anticipated ‘What Clients Think' report in association with the DBA. In this webinar exclusively for DBA members, DBA Expert, Up to the Light founder and author of the report Jonathan Kirk, took us through the main findings of the brand new report and answer your questions about what clients really think.

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On your marks, re-set, go! | Exclusive webinar for DBA members


There has never been a greater need for design business to take a long hard look in the mirror and ‘re-set’ their businesses for future growth and success. Watch this DBA member exclusive hour-long discussion with Ralph Ardill, during which he drew upon his 25 years of top-level client consulting and agency leadership experience to share some timely and thought-provoking pointers on the perils and possibilities for how agencies can best ride the ‘re-set’ wave - rather than be overwhelmed by it.

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New Year, New Business – a panel discussion and Q&A with DBA Experts


To kick off the new year, we brought together three new business gurus for a one hour session to ensure your new business strategies in 2021 put you on the front foot to compete and thrive. In a lively panel discussion and Q&A, Lucy Mann, Jonathan Kirk and Tim Duncan discussed the thinking, techniques and execution required to succeed, covering everything from how you identify and define what your offer is now, to what you should be saying to the outside world and the best practice needed to cut through the noise and win new clients. Watch the full recording here.

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