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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Trading with the EU and Northern Ireland – SME Toolkit


Toolkit for SMEs offering guidance on trading with the EU and Northern Ireland, post-Brexit.

International trade


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Want to secure meaningful business growth? 8 essential tips to ensure smart use of PR & communications


These eight pointers have been designed to help steer businesses who are thinking about engaging in PR services or who want to inject new life and targeted rigour into their existing communications activity.

Business skills, New business & client relations, Strategy development


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Department for International Trade’s Internationalisation Fund


The Department for International Trade has launched its new Internationalisation Fund for eligible businesses in England. Match-funded grants of between £1,000 and £9,000 will be available for future activity (subject to eligibility and availability). To secure a grant, you will need to fund a proportion of your costs yourself. This varies according to where your business is based and will be either 40 or 50% of the total cost.

Financial, International trade


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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.

New business & client relations


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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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Tackling diversity & inclusion in the creative sector


In this excellent article, DBA Annual Survey Report sponsor Paprika explores how the design sector can tackle diversity and inclusion.
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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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