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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Your business and the coronavirus

Last week on Friday 20 March 2020, author, speaker and creative advisor David C. Baker presented a free, live Q&A webinar, helping all and anyone involved in running a design business understand the key business decisions they needed to consider as a leader. Here we list some of the noteworthy materials suggested by David to give you greater understanding of the situation at hand.

Financial, HR, Strategy development

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The difference the DBA makes

All DBA members use their membership slightly differently, making the most of various services depending on the nature and maturity of the business. Gain insight into how some members make use of their membership to maximum effect.

Maximise membership

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Brexit transition period: what does it mean for design businesses?

What does the Brexit transition period mean for design businesses? The DBA's legal partner Humphries Kirk provides an update.

International trade, Legal

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Coronavirus: advice for employers

This helpful advice answers questions employers might have about the Coronavirus. It's been prepared by Croner who partner with the DBA to offer a free HR advice line to our members.

Financial, HR, Legal

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The importance of consultancy agreements for strategic projects

Design consultancies often provide services to their clients which involve change in the client’s business. But what about when design consultancies require change within their own businesses?


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2020: The Year of Creative Risk

This is the year to dream big when it comes to unleashing game-changing ideas. But there are two critical factors to take into account to win over clients.

Business skills, New business & client relations, Strategy development

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The importance of rational engagement

It should come as no surprise that when business leaders channel their efforts into supporting and nurturing employee engagement, they not only reap the rewards of a happier, more satisfied workforce, but positively influence productivity and their bottom line. And here's why...
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Dance and advance: Messaging tips to enhance collaboration

What if the message we think we're communicating in client-agency meetings is not the message that gets received? Breakdowns in understanding tend to stem from common issues that can be avoided by following these five helpful tips.

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

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Keeping the momentum with employee engagement

With the second DBA Employee Engagement Survey taking place this Spring, explore the benefits of maintaining momentum and regularly carrying out the survey in your business, and find out how one DBA member is leveraging the results.
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Design leadership and the sculpting of space & time

What makes a great design leader? Electrolux's Chief Design Officer and DBA Design Effectiveness Awards' judge, Pernilla Johansson shares her thoughts and her experiences of leading a multifunctional in-house design team, in the latest article in the DBA series exploring the attributes of design leaders.

Business skills


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