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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Not just in it to win it


When it comes to new business, laying the foundations for a partnership relationship with clients hinges on getting the approach right from the outset and requires a focus on longevity, over short term goals. 

New business & client relations, Strategy development


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Buying or selling a business? It pays to agree key terms upfront


Adrenalin may be running high if you are on the verge of buying a business or selling the company you have built from scratch. You may have already sought professional advice regarding the company valuation but there are other critical issues on which advice will also be needed during those early heady days of negotiations. The DBA's legal partner, Humphries Kirk explains.

Financial, Legal


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Do not be caught out by implied terms in a commercial contract


When entering any sort of contractual relationship, it is essential to understand that, as well as those express provisions agreed orally or set out in writing, you will also be bound by a series of terms which will be automatically implied.

Financial, Legal


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Starting a social enterprise as a Community Interest Company


When most people think of starting a social enterprise they focus on the community benefit and often assume that it will need to be established as a charity. An alternative company structure, which is proving popular with many social entrepreneurs, is the Community Interest Company (CIC). Humphries Kirk explain the advantages and disadvantages of operating as a CIC and relevant compliance requirements.

Legal


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Ripping-up the rulebook: Recognising freelance costs in a different way


As more designers are looking at the freelance route for a perceived better, more independent lifestyle with more money, agencies need to recognise freelance costs in a different way. It’s time to rip-up the rulebook relating to Gross Income and its use as the main denominator.

Financial, HR


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Waves on the ocean: What lies beneath your performance data?


When it comes to running an agency there’s a multitude of data to stay-on top of, from cash flow to profitability, client debtor days to utilisation rates.

Business skills, Financial


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How to communicate your business ethos to differentiate yourselves from competitors


Design companies are uniquely placed to react positively to this kind of shifting landscape, and have led the way in demonstrating a more thoughtful and alternative way of running their businesses, instilling their brand ethos with things like a renewed focus on people, wellbeing, the environment, education, humanitarian efforts, or community-based initiatives.

Business skills


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Working mothers: Giving support to working women


Returning to work after having a baby can be a big adjustment for women. However, the disappointing stats around pay, promotions and confidence levels suggest there’s a long way to go in supporting women through this monumental phase in their lives.
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Making complex data accessible: The fundamental rules of readability


Top tips for making your content as accessible as possible, no matter how complex the subject or data-heavy the copy. These fundamental rules of readability will help add further value to your communications, from thought pieces to reports to awards entries.

Business skills


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Preparing your business for a no deal Brexit: Issues to consider


What are the possible implications of a no deal Brexit on your business, client relations and work? The DBA's legal partner Humphries Kirk explores key issues that could impact the design industry.

International trade, Legal


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