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 or call 020 7251 9229 and we’ll look to source or signpost you to guidance to match your needs. 

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Reframing the value conversation

Creativity should run through the whole of your business, including how you work as a business as much as what projects you work on. And that can extend to being inventive around revenue models, says Erica Wolfe-Murray.

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

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There are three kinds of days in your week

I want to write something really concise for you, because you have a lot to do and because I think I can improve your life if you’ll give me just a few minutes of your time. I learned something from an instructor 15 years ago that I’m forever grateful for. The idea is to divide your week into three kinds of days.

Business skills

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Create a ‘Not to do list’ as well

How do we get around the problem of having more time? David C. Baker looks at how to manage your own workload as a leader and why it's time to create a 'not to do list'.

Business skills

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Five reasons to review your R&D tax credit claim

Since we launched our partnership with ForrestBrown, they’ve secured over £4.75 million in R&D tax credits for DBA members. It...

Financial, Maximise membership

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Employee engagement: Three steps to success

The case for pursuing employee engagement is pretty clear-cut with research showing that disengaged employees cost their employers between £3,400 and £10,000 in wasted salary. An employee engagement survey shows your team their voices are valued and can deliver untold benefits to your business. But if you're new to conducting one, fear not - follow these steps to make the most of the process.
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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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