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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How can design businesses respond to the climate crisis? | DBA webinar

What does it mean to declare a climate emergency as a designer? What does it take for a design business to become a B Corp? And how can you create a sustainable business that meets the needs of your clients whilst rising to the challenges of the climate crisis? During this hour-long webinar we explored how you can develop sustainable practices in your own business, and how you can use that expertise to influence the way your clients behave. Login and watch the full recording here.

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The 5 questions to ask at the beginning of an engagement to ensure you can measure design effectiveness

There are 5 simple questions every agency should be asking every client at the start of a project in order to establish the criteria for measuring design effectiveness.

Business skills, Design effectiveness, New business & client relations

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Owning the comeback: how to take control of your business’ future

This moment of re-awakening provides chance to assess your future direction and prime your design business to prosper. But how can you ensure your agency is best placed to seize the opportunities that lie ahead?

HR, New business & client relations, Strategy development

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How it’s going now: insights and opportunities for brands and agencies in 2021 | Webinar with John Gleason

With economies across the world re-opening and strong trade being reported in the UK since lockdown lifting began, there’s lots to feel optimistic about as we move forward, a year after our working environments changed so dramatically with the onset of the pandemic. During this hour-long webinar with John Gleason, we reviewed current and prior outlooks and reflected on how the past year has evolved. Login and watch the full recording here.

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Trading with the EU and Northern Ireland – SME Toolkit

Toolkit for SMEs offering guidance on trading with the EU and Northern Ireland, post-Brexit.

International trade

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Want to secure meaningful business growth? 8 essential tips to ensure smart use of PR & communications

These eight pointers have been designed to help steer businesses who are thinking about engaging in PR services or who want to inject new life and targeted rigour into their existing communications activity.

Business skills, New business & client relations, Strategy development

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Department for International Trade’s Internationalisation Fund

The Department for International Trade has launched its new Internationalisation Fund for eligible businesses in England. Match-funded grants of between £1,000 and £9,000 will be available for future activity (subject to eligibility and availability). To secure a grant, you will need to fund a proportion of your costs yourself. This varies according to where your business is based and will be either 40 or 50% of the total cost.

Financial, International trade

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Embracing Change

DBA Expert Natasha Ellard-Shoefield takes a timely look at how we can capitalise on changes brought about the by the pandemic, to improve opportunities for all.
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2021 What Clients Think report

Based on 580 client interviews conducted on behalf of design agencies, this highly respected annual report is a fascinating snapshot of the client/agency relationship. Browse 3 top take-aways from the launch event and access the full report.

New business & client relations

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Making the right financial decisions in 2021: live Q&A with Moore Kingston Smith LLP | DBA webinar

When we are faced with tough business decisions and multiple, sometimes unclear options, thinking with our heart before our head is a tempting path to follow. In this 90-minute webinar, Moore Kingston Smith covered staffing, finance, debt and cashflow management and Brexit. Ensure you have all the answers and watch the full recording here.

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