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DBA weekly roundup during COVID-19 outbreak: updated 01.06.2020

The DBA is committed to ensuring our members have access to the most relevant guidance and advice to help you navigate the impacts of COVID-19. 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.

Essential advice to support your design business:

The DBA is running free webinars 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 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.

If you missed it, take a look at the recording of last week’s DBA webinar with PepsiCo’s SVP and CDO Mauro Porcini; an insightful and inspiring watch on design leadership in the context of today. 

With the awards ceremony this week, DBA Friday webinars will next return on 12 June. In the meantime, 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.

Join us online for the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards ceremony

Broadcasting live this Wednesday at midday, the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards will celebrate the achievements of the 2020 winners and will include the announcement of who’s won the prestigious Grand Prix. Open to all and free to attend. We look forward to seeing you there.

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.

The DBA Annual Survey is now open. You can input your business’ data up to 17 July; participation will ensure you can benefit from full access to the Report when published later this year.  
If you’re not yet a DBA member and would like to gain access to this valuable benchmarking tool, contact for more details.

The ‘Ask an Expert’ initiative is seeing really productive conversations across a diverse range of queries. The service provides DBA members with free design-sector specific advice available at the end of the phone (or Zoom!). It’s very straightforward to schedule your call; find out more and get in touch with a DBA Expert today.

Our HR partner Croner will be delivering a free webinar for DBA members on Wednesday 10 June at 12.30pm. They’ll be exploring a variety of scenarios design businesses may currently be facing in-regards to their people and will be outlining options and processes to help you manage these situations. Save the date – we’ll be in touch with more news shortly.

We’re looking forward to seeing owner/MDs again this Wednesday morning at 9.30am for our next DBA Member catch up, when we’ll be sharing the latest insights and experiences as we steer our businesses through the coming weeks and months. Look out for your email invite to join us.

Stay ahead with the latest news and insight:

On Friday the Chancellor announced phased changes to furlough; Moore Kingston Smith have prepared this handy summary of the stages. The furlough scheme will close to new entrants on 30 June, which means the final date you can furlough an employee for the first time is 10 June. DBA members can download a template agreement for furlough leave here

When it comes to the planning for reopening your office, here’s useful reading on the latest guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers, and advice regarding working safely in office environments

The way we work has been drastically altered. With both furloughed and working staff under unique pressures, DBA Expert Aliya Vigor-Robertson explores ways to protect the mental wellbeing of your team.

Great to hear that DBA member tangerine has developed Bluebell InTouch, an innovative solution aiming to revolutionise social care, and has secured an Innovate UK grant to rapidly test, adapt and scale the product.

Circular Economy Week is taking place this week, against the backdrop of a growing desire to ‘build back better’ after the coronavirus pandemic. A range of online activities are being held including a Q&A on 4 June with DBA member Sophie Thomas. Listen in for insight into implementing circular economy approaches.

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