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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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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DBA Member catch up & annual general meeting (AGM) | DBA members only

The DBA's AGM will be part of the member catch up on Wednesday 28 October from 09:30-10:30. Open to directors of all DBA members, agency and corporate with DBA experts too, this bumper member catch up is one not to miss. Login and register here.

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The DBA interviews Diageo’s Jeremy Lindley

Delve into the business of design with Diageo's Global Design Director Jeremy Lindley, as he discusses the company's approach to design effectiveness in this interview with the DBA.

Advice for clients, Business skills

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Making contract changes due to Covid-19

If you are looking to make contract changes to reduce staff costs, here our HR partner Croner explains ways to do this, and how to keep on the right side of the law.

Financial, HR, Legal

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Inside the judging room

Celebrating two years chairing the Design Effectiveness Awards judging panel, Clive Grinyer takes a look behind the judging process. Read on for insight to help you grab the judges' attention, prepare your submissions and enter by 27 November 2020.
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DBA Webinars: Providing you with expert advice during the coronavirus pandemic

Design-sector specific insight and advice delivered by experts, to help you tackle the challenges your business is currently facing during the coronavirus pandemic. DBA members can browse the gallery and watch recordings of all previous DBA Friday webinars.

Business skills, Financial, HR, Legal, New business & client relations, Strategy development

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DBA webinar: personal resilience

When your team and clients are looking to you for guidance and leadership, and you find yourself juggling multiple and often conflicting demands, the ability to face reality, improvise solutions and identify a path forward is paramount. Learn how to embrace change, feel less isolated at the top and take command of the situation with a stronger, adaptable mindset with insight and advice from this expert panel. DBA members can watch back our panel discussion on personal resilience here.

Business skills, HR

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COVID-19 in the Workplace: What to do as an employer

If you suspect a Coronavirus case in your workplace, it is vital to follow the right processes and abide by guidelines to reduce risk...
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DBA webinars: Creating financial resilience now

As government measures unwind over the coming months, many are at risk of facing a cash shortfall. Esther Carder and her team at Moore Kingston Smith LLP took us through the key things you can do right now to ensure you survive and thrive through the next 18 months in a live audience Q&A. DBA members can watch the recording here.

Business skills, Financial, HR, Legal

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DBA Design Effectiveness Awards: Take a look inside the judging

Take a look at the people who determine who takes home a Bronze, Silver or Gold DBA Design Effectiveness Awards. Nowhere is the quality and effectiveness of the design industry’s offer more evident than across the case studies recognised in the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards.

Business skills, Financial, New business & client relations


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