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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Maternity good practice guide

This guide can help your business follow best practice for maternity leave, which could help avoid costs and tribunal claims, and importantly, prove valuable in attracting and retaining top talent.
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Maternity leave checklist

A handy checklist for both employers and employees to follow focused on the preparations for maternity leave, the period during leave and the return from leave.
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Flexible working policy

Flexible working can promote work-life balance, reduce employee stress and improve performance and productivity. This sample will help you set out your business’ policy in this area.
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Sticky employees – Imagination case study

Imagination's HR Director explains what makes their quality staff stick around in this article on employee retention.
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Helping staff manage stress

This guide will help you and your managers better understand stress and its symptoms, prevent stress from occurring within your team and assist you in helping employees cope with it.
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Sabbatical policy

Sabbatical leave can broaden experience, reward loyalty and maintain employee motivation. This sample will help you set out your policy in this area.
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Training and development statement

You can use this document to help set out your philosophy and the overall approach you take to investing in developing your workforce.
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Training agreement template

A template agreement for staff training.
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Why train your staff?

A guide to why you should invest in staff training and development.
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Flexi time template

This useful interactive tool can be used to record flexi time.

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