DBA and Nesta offer free advice

The Design Business Association is launching a new initiative to accelerate business growth among small and ‘micro’-sized design groups.

The project – Small, Medium, Large – will offer free business advice and training worth up to £50 000 for ten design consultancies over the next year. The aim is to help consultancies develop strategic and management capabilities and provide employees with the appropriate personal skills to encourage overall business growth. The DBA is teaming up with creative services group Pembridge Partners LLP and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts on the venture.

DBA chief executive Deborah Dawton explains, ‘This provides us with a great opportunity to get under the skins of design businesses, find out what the barriers to growth really are and assist with expert advice and development to knock those barriers down.’

The initiative is open to any business with less than 21 staff that has traded for between three and seven years. Applications can be made via the website: www.dba.org.uk.

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