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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Minimum statement of terms of employment

This document sets out the basic terms of employment, which need to be given to employees no later than 2 months after their employment begins to meet the minimum legal requirements.
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The right to work in the UK checklist

As a business you have a legal obligation to confirm that all potential new employees, regardless of their nationality, are eligible to work in the UK - this checklist has the details of how to do this.
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Equal opportunities statement

This template will help you articulate your commitment to ensuring equal opportunities, fairness of treatment, dignity, work-life balance and the elimination of all forms of discrimination in the workplace.
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Structured interview guide template

A template and scoring system to help you successfully structure interviews and assess candidates.
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Shortlisting template

This shortlisting form will help you identify how well each applicant meets the person specification for the job, enabling you to effectively narrow down your shortlist for interviews.
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Person specification template

This template will make it easier to match the right person to a role by helping you bring clarity to the requirements of the position.
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Guide to working with a recruitment agency

A good recruitment company can be an asset in the hunt for the best staff – this ten-point guide will help you maximise that relationship.
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Recruitment best practice guide

Effective recruitment is central to the successful day-to-day functioning of any business. This step-by-step guide draws on CIPD and best practice recommendations and is an invaluable resource for your recruitment process.
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Managing talent and culture in larger agencies  

Sally Henderson shares the common themes that impact upon recruitment and talent in larger companies and what you can do to combat them.
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Design and build: creative teams that work

A well-functioning team plays key part in delivering the best creative results for your design business – but what makes a great team? How do you build that team, and how do you nourish them so that they keep delivering?

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