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The DBA is committed to ensuring our members have access to the most relevant guidance and advice to help you navigate the challenges affecting your design business right now.

We’ll be regularly updating this page with essential need-to-knows, industry expertise, and exclusive resources, along with details of the direct support the DBA can provide to your design business. You can also sign up here to receive news via a weekly roundup email.

Essential advice to support your design business:

The DBA is running free fortnightly webinars to directly support design businesses. Our webinar hosts are chosen for their expertise and ability to inform on particular issues and challenges design businesses are currently facing.

You and your team can access all of our recent webinars delivered by an eclectic mix of industry experts. View the gallery of webinars – and access supporting resources.

The recordings and notes from each webinar are made available for DBA Members to access after the recording. Sign up here to receive updates on the latest DBA activity.

Closing the deal; are you ready? Maximise your chances of winning business from the client relationships you’ve been nurturing; get ahead with insight from a panel of dynamic new business experts and close out emerging opportunities this autumn. Join us on Thursday 13 August: pencil the date, an invite for this DBA webinar will be sent to you soon.  
Our recent webinar on implementing a four-day working week brought up many burning questions. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang joined us again last week for a quick-fire Q&A to answer them.



Deep-diving into your design business’ priorities, our webinar series offers much to reflect on and can be browsed in full in our library. Here’s a selection DBA Members can revisit this week:

The DBA Design Effectiveness Awards 2021 are now open for entry

Get ahead and get started on your submissions, with these three steps:

The awards are open to all, across sectors and disciplines worldwide. You can also read this note about COVID-19 as an influencing factor on entries.


“We value the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards very highly as the rigorous entry process supports us in analysing the commercial impact of our work. The rigour involved, including eliminating all influencing factors, has improved how we measure our effectiveness, strengthening the business case for investing in effective design.” Jeremy Lindley, Global Design Director, Diageo


Open to all, entered jointly by agencies and clients worldwide. Evidence your success and demonstrate the results that your design delivers. Get started on your entry. 

Services for DBA members:

As your trade body, the DBA always seeks to provide the most relevant guidance and support with issues that concern the design industry. To help you through this challenging time, make the most of your member benefits and use the professional experts and advisors on hand, from legal and HR specialists to industry knowledge and insights from DBA staff and your fellow peers.

Every Wednesday at 9.30am, our DBA member coffee catchups have become an essential part of the week for agency leaders. Look out for your invite arriving tomorrow.

The Ask an Expert service continues to deliver valuable, free guidance into our members; getting in touch with an Expert today could help you find the solution to an issue you’re facing.

Avoid common pitfalls with client contracts with this guide and if you have specific questions about your business’ contracts, DBA members can contact our free legal support helpline.

Stay ahead with the latest news and insight:

Stirring words from DBA member agency JDO’s Boma Krijgsman in Creative Boom on the change that’s needed to create truly diverse and inclusive workplaces in the creative industries. 

As the government begins its wind down of the furlough scheme from this month, the FT looks at the future after furlough.

And as shielding ends, our HR partner Croner explores questions you may be asking as an employer.

The Department of International Trade has developed these three-steps to prepare for new trading rules after the Brexit transition period ends. 

With the impacts of coronavirus changing the shape of retail, there’s much that can be learnt from DBA Design Effectiveness Award winner Arçelik in the fusion of their digital and physical customer experience. Find out how FITCH’s redesign shifted Arçelik’s flagship store from product retailing to ‘destination’, increasing spend instore and across other channels too.

Don’t miss out on the latest updates on DBA activity and resources, follow this handy guide to add us to your trusted sender list, so we’ll always make it to your inbox.

For more support for your business, head to our Members’ Area or get in touch with any questions.

Developments during the Covid-19 pandemic are changing fast – we will update this page regularly, but the most up-to-date official advice and guidance can be found on GOV.UK.

Go for the win: Enter this year's DBA Design Effectiveness Awards


Make a start on your submissions by downloading the 2021 entry pack.

Entry deadline: 27 November 2020.

The DBA team is here to support you through the entry process, from thinking through what might make a good case to submit, to discussing working drafts. Get in touch at to book a call.


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