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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DBA Roundup


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

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Post-Brexit intellectual property rights: a guide


International trade, Legal


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“Never before did design capture as many agendas simultaneously.”


With the global crisis releasing a wealth of tacit design thinking, these observations from the book 'Design: A Business Case' are compelling.

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Creativity, community and belonging: in conversation with Morag Myerscough | DBA webinar


For our final webinar of the year, we were joined in conversation by Morag. We explored her work and its energy, and opened up the floor to you and your questions as we talked about her experiences of the past year, her views on the opportunities for creativity to build identity and belonging and the values that matter most as we develop ideas and make things together.

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Getting the softer factors right for pitching success


A key finding from the ‘What Clients Think’ report is that 67% of pitches are lost because of soft factors, over and above harder factors. Find out what the soft factors encompass and master them to win more business in 2021.

New business & client relations


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New rules for public procurement from 1 January 2021


The Business Secretary has issued the following information about supplying the public sector after the end of the Brexit Transition Period.

International trade, New business & client relations


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Brexit and the design industry – what you need to know and prepare for | DBA member exclusive webinar with Moore Kingston Smith LLP


With the EU-UK post-Brexit trade negotiations progressing, the clock is ticking down to the 31 December deadline – is your business ready? During this DBA member exclusive webinar, Moore Kingston Smith LLP's Brexit Impact specialist, Paul Samrah and Tax Director, Geraint Lewis, discussed what the changes will mean for your business.

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What’s new in HR and employment law: webinar recording


With the rapidly changing legal landscape, Croner last week ran an exclusive webinar session. DBA members can watch a recording of the webinar to keep up-to-date with the changes and the developments employers need to be aware of.

HR, Legal


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In conversation with Sir John Sorrell – a champion of the creative industries for 50 years | DBA webinar


As an industry sector, we benefit from a global reputation for creative ingenuity and design effectiveness. The UK’s creative industries have for years been the calling card for Britain abroad. Sir John, himself a former successful design business owner, has long spearheaded the reputation of UK design. During this webinar, he shares his thoughts with DBA Chief Executive, Deborah Dawton, and takes questions live from the audience. Watch the full recording here.

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Coronavirus: advice for employers


Access advice to manage the impact of coronavirus on your business.

Financial, HR, Legal


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