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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Covid-19 business toolkit

DBA Members can access up to date guidance, templates and tools from Croner to help manage the impact of coronavirus.

HR, Legal

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Brexit Transition Period Checklist

The end of the Brexit Transition Period is fast approaching: have you checked the actions your business needs to take to prepare?

HR, International trade, Legal

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Leading creativity: a fireside chat with Eric Quint | DBA webinar

As former Chief Brand and Design Officer at 3M and Head of Design Management and Consulting at Royal Philips, Eric Quint has a uniquely experienced view of the world of leading design. During this webinar, he shares unmissable insights into effective design leadership and answers your questions. Listen to the full recording here.

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Advice on the extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Find out the rules on the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and get a letter to use to gain agreement from your employees to be put on furlough and flexible furlough under the new rule.

Financial, HR

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Packaging Sustainability Checklist

Access PAC's Packaging Sustainability Checklist - a tool to help creative teams develop product and packaging design executions that help clients achieve their sustainability credentials

Business skills, New business & client relations, Strategy development

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Adapting, learning and leading change: design in 2020 | DBA webinar

DBA Chief Executive, Deborah Dawton, chairs this explorative Q&A webinar, joined by a range of industry leaders from a range of backgrounds who shared their experiences of this unexpected and eventful year. Watch the full discussion here.

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Understanding the new immigration system

With the end of the Brexit transition period, free movement will cease and the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system. We've compiled guidance to help you understand the new system and to signpost you to further advice, so you can plan and prepare for the changes coming into effect from 1 January 2021.


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Implications of Brexit on IP: bite-sized webinars

Take a watch of these bite-sized webinars to get up to speed on the implications of Brexit on IP and what you can do now to prepare.


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DBA webinar: DBA Annual Survey Report launch 2020

Esther Carder, Partner, Moore Kingston Smith presented a detailed analysis of the benchmarking data and trends across key performance metrics affecting design agencies, and gave insight into how to apply these valuable findings to your business, at the 2020 DBA Annual Survey Report launch. The report analyses fees, salaries, utilisation, income, recovery rates, benefits and trends of DBA member agencies. It is the most valuable tool you will find to help you plan effectively for 2021 and you can watch the presentation here.

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Off payroll working with Moore Kingston Smith LLP | DBA Briefing – exclusive to DBA members

Changes to off-payroll working rules (commonly known as IR35) come into effect in April 2021, is your business ready? Join Moore Kingston Smith’s Tax Partner, Tim Stovold on Wednesday 14 October for this DBA member exclusive briefing, who will explain the changes and what they mean for your design business.

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