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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Croner GDPR template for logging HR Data Records

Under GDPR legislation all businesses are obliged to keep a record of all the types of data you hold. Croner, providers of the DBA HR Helpline have provided this handy excel template for DBA members.
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GDPR – what do you need to know?

The sand is running out in the GDPR egg timer. There is no doubt that design agencies have to act in order to be compliant – but in what ways and just how complicated is it? Adam Fennelow, DBA Head of Services, has been finding out what you need to know.

Business skills, HR, Legal

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Small Spark Theory: 10 things we’ve learned so far

Lucy Mann's spark of inspiration has, a year later, delivered a roaring fire of ideas on how to transform agency performance through marginal gains.

Business skills, Financial, New business & client relations

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Get stuck in: Driving sustainability through design

Pret A Manger’s Paula Chin discusses getting your hands dirty, and other tips to drive sustainability through design.

Advice for clients, Business skills, Strategy development

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Quit giving the client what they want

Steve Jobs famously said, “How will my customers know what they want if I haven’t showed it to them yet?” It sounds like arrogant bluster, but he was right.

New business & client relations, Strategy development

sand clocks time
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Picking up the pace: The need for speed in brand design challenges

With more design briefs weaving speed explicitly into the challenge, how can agencies and clients achieve design sprint success together?

Advice for clients, Business skills, New business & client relations

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Pitch perfect

To win bigger projects from bigger clients you need to excel at pitching. DBA Expert, Jonathan Kirk explains how you can sharpen your approach.

Business skills, New business & client relations

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Benchmarking for sole traders and micro agencies

Using data from the 2017 DBA Annual Survey Report this short report looks at gross income, trend forecasting, charge-out rates, salaries and utilisation rates for agencies with five or less staff enabling an agency to benchmark against a variety of financial metrics.

Business skills, Financial, Maximise membership

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DBA Annual Survey Report 2017 launch

Watch the launch of the DBA Annual Survey Report – an invaluable members-only business tool which enables you to benchmark your financial performance with those of your peers. Use your DBA member login to access the video.

Financial, HR, Maximise membership, New business & client relations

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Autumn 2017: legal update

DBA legal advisers, Humphries Kirk provides an update regarding tax evasion and employment contracts.

HR, Legal


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