DBA online directory launches

The Design Business Association has launched its online database of DBA-registered design groups, in a move which aims to speed up and simplify the pitch process.

All DBA members are currently registered on the directory and DBA development director Adam Fennelow says that those with full profiles will have provided information such as health and safety and intellectual property policy and, as such, will be compliant with pre-qualification questionnaires.

Fennelow says, ‘The website has been accessible to members for a few days and is now fully open. We’re bedding it in at the moment and there will be a launch at City Hall [in London] towards the end of January.’

The site also features a client advice section, which includes templates for pitch briefs and consultancy selection guides. Fennelow says, ‘We’ve made this information open-source and our hope is that eventually these templates will become standard industry practice.’

The site has been designed by Prospect, which was appointed to the work following a three-way credentials pitch between DBA member consultancies.

Prospect is also working on the main DBA website. The home page has gone live (www.dba.org.uk) and the new design is set to roll out across the site, which will eventually host webinars, live feeds and other functions, according to Fennelow.

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