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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Guide to engaging and retaining staff

Top tips to understanding why staff leave and what to consider in order to retain them.
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Health & Safety at work – HSE guide

If you think health and safety has to be complicated – it doesn’t. This document is adapted from HSE guidance, and provides the top line details you need for compliance, along with sign posting for more in-depth information.
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Statutory sick pay – guidance notes

A handy guide to statutory sick pay for employees.
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Fees and freebies

Design sector consultant and trainer, and DBA Expert, Shan Preddy's advice on how to decline free pitches and still win the business.

Financial, New business & client relations

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Managing the probationary period guide

This step-by-step guide offers practical guidance to managing a successful probationary process and helping you deal with more difficult issues of underperformance.
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Probationary period: Objective setting form

Handy template to help you set objectives for the induction/probationary period.
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Probationary period procedure

This sample will help you set and follow an effective probationary period procedure.
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Why have an employee handbook?

Although there is no legal requirement for an employee handbook, there are many benefits of having one. This guide outlines why it’s useful, what should be included, and an example for you to reference in developing your own.
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Code of conduct

An example code of conduct for staff, to help you set standards and create a positive working environment.
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Dignity at work policy

As an employer you have a responsibility to secure the dignity of your staff whilst at work and this policy example sets out definitions of behaviours that are unacceptable and procedures for dealing with them.

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