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Being a creative team at the current time can be hard work. That’s a fact.

However, even in these times of job cuts, budget cuts and mass uncertainty people are showing their faith in the design sector. Inventive design is proving its worth with more businesses looking for creative ways of reinvigorating their name, brand and profitability. It’s working. The only downside is that you are being asked to be more creative, more often and for less money than ever before, and something’s gotta give.

That’s where we come in. For over 10 years we’ve taken the pain out of admin in studios just like yours. Rather than losing post it notes and spilling coffee on your timesheet, come and work with us. You’ll find that we can remind you of the crucial stuff whilst doing the rest in the background. How? With trusted software in your office, on the web, on youriPad and your iPhone.



Stratton Craig

Putting words in the picture...

This is the fourth time we’ve been involved with the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards. It’s a fantastic event that always leaves us feeling inspired.

As a written communications business, Stratton Craig puts words in the picture too. Over 23 years, we have built up a team of dedicated writers with exceptional abilities. And because we’re a team we can offer a level of service, flexibility and creativity that goes beyond what most freelancers can offer.

With our wide range of skills, you’ll always be working with a writer who really understands your challenge and a team that you can rely on.



Institute of Materials

The Materials and Design Exchange (MADE) as a sector group within the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network, provides a unique focus for UK product designers to interact with materials specialists. Providing awareness of new materials and processes and signposting towards potential collaborative activity, MADE has drawn together these two communities to address the important societal challenges involving security, health and recycling and re-use. Specialist activity involving smart materials and designing out landfill has led to two overseas business missions and the forward plan provides scope to address the growing interest in application of natural materials.

The Materials KTN is a programme supported by the Technology Strategy Board and managed by IOM3.




Bluefin Professions is a specialist team at Bluefin offering impartial advice and innovative solutions for businesses operating in the design sector.

Our Professions team have many years experience in delivering solutions for design businesses and have been appointed by the DBA to provide members with a range of exclusive products and services.

We'll work closely with members as their trusted insurance partner taking the time to really understand their insurance requirements and the risks they face before suggesting the most appropriate level of cover which delivers true value for money.

With around 1,700 staff in 50 offices nationwide, we are one of the largest brokers in the UK and place over £600 million premium into the insurance market giving us significant influence and buying power.



Arctic Paper

Providing designers with the best choice of paper for creative thinking

Arctic Paper recognises the power of paper as a conveyor of brand impact and creativity. A sound paper selection, combined with excellent design, is one of the best ways to create a persuasive, effective and versatile corporate message that can distinguish a brand and sell key company objectives. Arctic Paper understands the increasing pressure to ensure that brand identity and business messages stand out from the crowd and engage with their audiences. They are mindful of the everyday pressure of balancing client’s expectations with budget restrictions and are ideally positioned to give both practical and imaginative paper solutions to every kind of challenge.

Arctic Paper is leading the industry in their lifecycle and environmental thinking and offers a full range of FSC and PEFC certified papers.

The Group’s product portfolio consists of the leading brands Munken, Pamo, Amber, Arctic Volume and G-Print.




Serving the creative community beyond the '4 walls and prompt catering' of a typical event space.

Everything we do is about creating the right atmosphere for creative people to flourish and to deliver the desired outcomes from their meeting.

You have to visit us to experience the ambience that we create. Seemingly simple but very thought through ideas create the right atmosphere; from the colours, to the soft furnishings to the alternatives available in terms of spaces available.

Added up it creates the collegiate and collaborative atmosphere that enables creative individuals to thrive.

We are pleased to be a Supporter of the DBA and to be a host for all of their Breakfast events and training programmes in 2012.




With nearly 30 years' experience working with some of the world’s best-known magazine brands, Denmaur Independent Papers aim to be the first choice independent merchant of fine papers.

Our friendly, knowledgeable and motivated staff aspire to lead the industry by delivering innovative, customer focused solutions.




Hell ends here.

Keeping control of budgets means keeping control of as many variables as possible, eliminating unforeseen glitches, cutting out inefficiencies and minimising time wasted. If you can do that, you can keep costs down. And you can do that. That's one of the great advantages of CtrlPrint.

Get in touch with us and try your hand on CtrlPrint. DBA members are eligible to subscribe to the CtrlPrint service under a special program. To register your interest and to receive an Information Kit visit:



Own My IP

Are you an agency that outsources work to freelancers or work with other agencies to deliver collaborative projects? If so do you always get the copyright to creative work assigned to you before you transfer the rights over to your client?

Own My IP advocates that agencies and freelancers should transfer the copyright of creative work to their client, this can help them build trust from the outset, define a clearer end point to the completion of a project/ piece of work and reduce the risks of legal disputes.

Own My IP is a service that facilitates the transfer of copyright for creative work (design, websites, logos, photographs and written copy) between creators and buyers of this work.

We are proud to be associated with and supporters of the DBA and their values around copyright transparency and best practice.

Design effectiveness is being cost effective and making the most of your resources as part of a wider design strategy. Ensuring your creative work is protected and fully owned is a core part of any design strategy and another way of showcasing effective design.



The DBA Design Effectiveness Awards recognise the return on investment that a coherent, well-thought-out and professionally executed design strategy can achieve.