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 membership@dba.org.uk or call 020 7251 9229 and we’ll look to source or signpost you to guidance to match your needs. 

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Listen up! How we can listen better to win more business


To become a more effective, active listener in conversations with clients, here are some techniques new business practitioner Catherine Allison recently explored with Lucy Mann of Gunpowder Consulting in the latest Small Spark Theory podcast. Simple steps which you can put into practice to help win more business.

Business skills, New business & client relations


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The Good Work Plan: Key changes in employment law coming soon


The Good Work Plan has been dubbed as ‘the biggest overhaul in employment law for 20 years’. Our employment law partner Croner, provide a rundown of the changes that could most affect your business.

HR, Legal


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Seamless succession: Building on 25 years of success at 2LK


A change in ownership at a business can notoriously create challenges. In this interview DBA member 2LK's MD Dan Mason and Creative Director Andy Sexton explain how effective succession planning enabled their agency to achieve a seamless evolution of ownership, and how planning for the future shapes the way they now run the agency.

Financial, HR, Legal, Strategy development


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Are you really being ‘collaborative’?


The latest 'What Clients Think Report' reveals that 'collaborative' seems to have become a slightly lazy design industry word. Jonathan Kirk explores why it's worth reassessing it, to strengthen client relationships.

Business skills, New business & client relations


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Collaborate to elevate


After more than a decade working full-time in the agency world, now in consultancy, Jeremy Davies has had the advantage of seeing how organisations in various sectors approach the challenge of business development.

Business skills, New business & client relations


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The DBA Interviews… David Beare, Executive Creative Director, Dragon Rouge London


Having recently taken over the creative helm in Dragon Rouge's London office after seven years at the agency, David Beare shares his insight into leadership, and developing and nurturing the next generation of talent.
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Five burning Brexit questions you were afraid to ask


Brexit is full of unknowns, none more so than if it will actually go ahead or not. There is a great deal of misinformation circulating...

International trade, Maximise membership, Strategy development


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Minimising your risk exposure


Having carried out well over a thousand legal consultations with DBA members and on the eve of his retirement, Humphries Kirk's Darrell Stuart-Smith talks about the legal issues agencies face and when it's important to 'push back' to mitigate your risk exposure. 

Legal, Maximise membership


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Four essentials for creating a strong new business culture at your agency


What's a simple solution to winning more business and standing out from the crowd? Fostering a strong, agency-wide new business culture says DBA Expert Catherine Allison. Here's how.

New business & client relations


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Setting up an agency abroad


Expanding your agency into a new territory offers countless opportunities, however a new country comes with a distinct set of challenges. In order to plan effectively, intricate knowledge of the local business landscape is crucial to ensure your success from the outset.

Business skills, Financial, International trade, Legal


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