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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Letter to a drowning agency principal

Your situation looks complicated and maybe hopeless from the inside, but from where I sit, unencumbered by the baggage of history, emotions and relationships, it’s clear what needs to be done. These 12 steps are the map, says Blair Enns.

Business skills, Financial, New business & client relations

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Play the long game and succeed

Successful agencies take responsibility from their people, fuelling loyalty and unleashing creativity. Rod Petrie explains how playing the long game is key to creating an environment where people flourish and the business prospers.

Business skills, HR

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Clients are people too: how to connect on a personal level and make new business less hard work

Natalie Maher, MD of Good London looks at the fundamental elements of great relationships, to explore how you can best connect with clients on a personal level and make new business less hard work.

New business & client relations

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Check these pulse points for a healthy business

Advice from Adrian Rasdall, on how to monitor your agency's health, to recognise and action problems early, before they become threats.

Business skills, Financial

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Becoming a Thought Leadership agency

Although Thought Leadership has become more central to the way design agencies market themselves, it is rarely approached with proper strategic rigour. What then is Thought Leadership, asks Jeremy Davies, and why should you strive for it as a design agency or brand expert?

Strategy development

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Changing terms of employment

Sometimes employers want to change an Employee’s Contract of Employment. Audrey Spencer, from Humphries Kirk, explains the context and considerations for such changes in order to comply with employment law.

HR, Legal


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