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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Resources

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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The key to success: put employees first


A workforce is, without a shadow of doubt, a business’ biggest and best asset. Without the right employees, it can be an uphill struggle to grow and thrive, especially in times of uncertainty. But while waving a decent paycheck may once have been enough to attract people to the job, employee demands and needs have evolved.

Business skills, HR


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Boost staff motivation levels all year round


A business’ most prized asset is its workforce, but finding talented individuals is only half the equation; retaining your workforce is crucial.

Business skills, HR


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Are you getting the best out of your team?


Variety is the spice of life, as the saying goes, and this certainly rings true for the workplace. We all bring different skills, talents and personalities to the table, and it’s important that companies not only identify but embrace these individual strengths.

Business skills, HR


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Creating an inclusive workplace


The DBA's HR and employment law partner, Croner shares advice on creating an inclusive workplace where diversity can flourish. DBA members benefit from a free HR helpline...

HR, Legal


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HR and employment law webinars


DBA members benefit from free registration to a wide range of webinars delivered by our HR and employment law partner, Croner. Hosted by knowledgeable and renowned professionals in their respective fields, Croner’s Webinar & E-Learning sessions cover HR and health & safety basics, right through to specialised training sessions including relevant legislation and key case law. View the schedule and book

Advice for clients, Financial, HR, Legal


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It’s not about design. It’s about the difference design makes.


Once you can articulate the difference you want to achieve, you can set the metrics that can measure how successful a project is. Understanding how success will be determined is the first step in proving design effectiveness.

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


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Knowing your business: Building a positive culture through staff feedback


Understanding how engaged staff are ensures your business remains effective, but engagement surveys can often be lower down the list of priorities for a business. Even if productivity is at an all-time high and you have the greatest culture you could wish for, you can still gain a lot by collecting key insights from your staff. Journey HR's Aliya Vigor-Robertson explains.
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Managing bank holidays and annual leave


In this handy guide, Croner – the DBA's HR and employment law partner – explain UK bank holiday entitlements for different contract types.

HR, Legal


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Are your freelancers actually freelancers? Keep on the right side of the law


As ways of working are changing, the rise in freelancer use means more agencies are coming up against HMRC’s new IR35 legislation covering the definition of a freelancer and how agencies should treat them. Here’s how to stay on the right side of the law.

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Making your difference


What are the hidden stories behind your business? How can you use them to craft your strategy and create value for your agency?

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


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