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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Events, tradeshows and export missions


Events are one of the most effective ways to support companies looking for trade opportunities. Keep up to date with the Department of International Trade's calendar of events, webinars and tradeshows, to help your business export, explore new markets, make new connections and generate client business.

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Diverse by design: Unlocking the power of inclusivity at Moving Brands


One mistake many companies make is to measure diversity on how well they fulfil quotas. Moving Brands, on the other hand, believes it is more important to widen the pool of available talent by making the creative industries fundamentally more accessible.
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Making the most of the DBA Annual Survey Report


The DBA Annual Survey Report is highly valued by members; are you making full use of the information within to benchmark your business? The DBA's Head of Services, Adam Fennelow discusses how to maximise the report to benefit your business.

Financial, HR, Maximise membership


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VIDEO: Launch event for the 2019 DBA Annual Survey Report


The 2019 DBA Annual Survey Report was launched on 10 October. Esther Carder, partner at Moore Kingston Smith presented her views on the findings of the report to an audience of DBA members. The report analyses fees, salaries, utilisation, income, recovery rates, benefits and trends of DBA member agencies.

Business skills, Financial, HR, Maximise membership


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Listen up! How we can listen better to win more business


To become a more effective, active listener in conversations with clients, here are some techniques new business practitioner Catherine Allison recently explored with Lucy Mann of Gunpowder Consulting in the latest Small Spark Theory podcast. Simple steps which you can put into practice to help win more business.

Business skills, New business & client relations


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The Good Work Plan: Key changes in employment law coming soon


The Good Work Plan has been dubbed as ‘the biggest overhaul in employment law for 20 years’. Our employment law partner Croner, provide a rundown of the changes that could most affect your business.

HR, Legal


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Seamless succession: Building on 25 years of success at 2LK


A change in ownership at a business can notoriously create challenges. In this interview DBA member 2LK's MD Dan Mason and Creative Director Andy Sexton explain how effective succession planning enabled their agency to achieve a seamless evolution of ownership, and how planning for the future shapes the way they now run the agency.

Financial, HR, Legal, Strategy development


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Are you really being ‘collaborative’?


The latest 'What Clients Think Report' reveals that 'collaborative' seems to have become a slightly lazy design industry word. Jonathan Kirk explores why it's worth reassessing it, to strengthen client relationships.

Business skills, New business & client relations


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Collaborate to elevate


After more than a decade working full-time in the agency world, now in consultancy, Jeremy Davies has had the advantage of seeing how organisations in various sectors approach the challenge of business development.

Business skills, New business & client relations


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The DBA Interviews… David Beare, Executive Creative Director, Dragon Rouge London


Having recently taken over the creative helm in Dragon Rouge's London office after seven years at the agency, David Beare shares his insight into leadership, and developing and nurturing the next generation of talent.
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