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Keep abreast of the latest guidance and advice, tap into essential need-to-knows and soak-up experts’ insight with the DBA Roundup. Browse below and sign up to receive our regular Roundup email.

News, events and insights for you and your business:

Deborah Dawton, Chief Executive, DBA

Our latest Annual Survey Report is hot off the press and launching next month. Where last year survival was the key theme for many design businesses, this year’s Report shows agencies are at their most optimistic since 2015 (pre-EU referendum and the advent of Covid).

Over 60% are expecting to bolster staff numbers in the coming year, but recruitment and retention are a big challenge. With many agencies struggling to find the right people to match their ambitions, how can we best shape our teams for future success? We’ve got more on that in our roundup below. 

To get a first look at where your numbers are in comparison to your peers’ and for insights to help track your financial performance, members can join us online on 13 October for an exclusive webinar delving into the Report’s findings (registrations open soon). And if you’re not yet a DBA member? Now’s a great time to join to get your hands on a copy of the Report. 


Save the date: 13 October

The 2021 DBA Annual Survey Report will be launched exclusively to DBA members during an online webinar at 3 to 4.30pm on 13 October. Key findings and trends will be presented and distilled by Moore Kingston Smith’s Esther Carder, enabling you to benchmark your business. Registrations open soon. 

Insights and resources:

Monitoring these KPIs will help you understand where your business’ numbers are today and where they should be in the future. Are they in your toolkit? 

Right now, for agency leaders, inertia is not an option. With so much having changed, here’s how you can develop and shape your team for future success

Is it time to pay more attention to time tracking? DBA Annual Survey Report sponsor Paprika looks at how to make it work in your business

Marketing your Design Business | DBA online training

Focus your attention on the right marketing tactics and stand out from the crowd.

Four in-depth sessions with DBA Expert Lucy Mann to elevate your agency’s marketing.

Taking place on 16, 18, 23 & 25 November, 10.30 – 12.00

Find out more and book >

News and views:

Registrations are now open for DBA Twenty/Twenty. Find out how you and your business can benefit from the mentoring scheme

The Creative UK Group has announced appointments to its UK Council, including DBA Chief Executive Deborah Dawton. 

Are you passionate about inspiring more young people to develop critical creative skills? The D&T Association are recruiting a new Chair. Could this be the role for you? 

Preparing your case studies for the Design Effectiveness Awards? Take a look at these handy tips for a winning entry

We’re on the hunt for a fantastic Events & Programmes Coordinator to join us at the DBA. If you, or someone you know fits the bill, here are the details. Feel free to spread the word!

Coming up:

Win Without Pitching® with Blair Enns
There’s still time to book for this three part masterclass starting tomorrow and now being delivered by Blair Enns. Find out more & book >



Managing People
A two-part online training workshop on 12 & 14 October covering the key components of being a good manager. Find out more & book >



Project Management
Learn neat tricks and tips to get your projects running smoothly at this two part online workshop on 2 & 4 November. Find out more & book >



Negotiation Skills
Develop your skills and confidence with this interactive workshop on 9 & 11 November and you’ll relish the next opportunity to negotiate.
Find out more & book >

DBA Twenty/Twenty mentoring

Industry leading business mentoring for those working in design.

Get in touch if you would like to find out how a highly experienced design industry confidant can develop your thinking and help you make the right decisions. 


Now open for applications. Find out more >

Image credits:

Sharon McCutcheon | Unsplash

Dstudio Bcn | Unsplash

Win Without Pitching®

Tengyart_ | Unsplash

Volodymyr Hryshchenko | Unsplash

Christophe Hautier | Unsplash


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