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Introduction to DBA weekly roundup during COVID-19 outbreak: 30.03.20

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is currently presenting unprecedented challenges.


The DBA is committed to ensuring our members have access to the most relevant guidance and advice. We understand the nuances of running a design business and are delivering support specific to your needs.


We’ll be regularly updating this page with essential need-to-knows during the coronavirus outbreak, 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. 

Update from DBA Chief Executive, Deborah Dawton

Essential advice to support your design business:

Every Friday, at 1pm, the DBA will be running a free webinar to directly support design businesses through the coronavirus pandemic. 

Each week our webinar hosts are chosen for their expertise and ability to inform on particular issues and challenges design businesses are currently facing. The live webinars are open to anyone running a design business. Sign up here to receive details

The recordings and notes from each webinar will also be available for DBA Members to access after the recording. 

The latest DBA webinar explored the government support available to your business. Watch the recording of Your agency’s finances, workforce, and supply chains: a Q&A with Esther Carder and browse supporting factsheets.

Following popular demand, Esther and her team at Moore Kingston Smith LLP will be holding another webinar this week, exclusively for DBA Members to go into more details around this topic, on Thursday 2 April at 10.30am – Register here.

The next webinar in the Friday series will take place at 1pm on Friday 3 April and will explore the critical issue of implementing HR changes, keeping your team motivated and looking after mental wellbeing, with JourneyHR’s Aliya Vigor-Robertson and Danielle Meola. Places are limited. Register now.

Previous webinars include a Q&A with David C. Baker helping all and anyone involved in running a design business to understand the key business decisions leaders need to consider at this time. Access the webinar and further resources here

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.

Stay connected and grab your mug and join Deborah Dawton, Chief Executive, for our members only weekly catch-up on Wednesday mornings at 9.30am. Business owners/managers from our member organisations will receive a personal email invite to register and come together to discuss the range of issues that are currently front of mind.

DBA Members have free access to our legal and HR helplines and resources.

Find guidance on specific challenges affecting your design businesses, with the help of our Experts who have the know-how.

Stay ahead with the latest guidance and insight:

Remain up to date on the business support measures the government are putting in place.

Stay informed on issues relating to your finances, workforce and supply chains by heading to the Moore Kingston Smith coronavirus hub. Moore Kingston Smith LLP have also produced two very useful information sheets on the Government’s job retention scheme. Both can be downloaded below.

Coronavirus job retention scheme: the details of the scheme

Furloughed workers coronavirus employer FAQs

If it feels lonely at the top right now here’s some sound advice from DBA Expert Lucy Unger.

In other news we’re developing a range of online training specifically tailored to help you succeed in this changing business landscape. Watch this space for news.


Get in touch

For assistance with your Member Area login details, more information on member benefits or any other query we can help you with, please get in touch on 020 7251 9229 or



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