Business growth

Design is a way of thinking that helps large companies, SMEs, social enterprises and charities change the way they work, for tangible bottom-line results.

Service transformation

By putting people first in designing your services, we’ll help you find efficiencies, drive innovation and achieve exceptional returns.

Built environment & Cabe

Cabe at the Design Council delivers Design Review, support and training. We help you realise the commercial and social potential of your places.

Who we work with

As independent design specialists, we apply our expertise across a range of settings and sectors.

Government departments and public sector organisations

We help local authorities to deliver savings through greater efficiency and innovation, and to design human-centred services that answer genuine needs. As an independent government advisor on design, we also influence policy and campaign for change.

Planners, developers, architects and local authorities

Through Cabe at the Design Council, we work with everyone involved in the built environment to create spaces, buildings and places that benefit all. Our support helps facilitate positive collaboration, improves viability and generates thriving, sustainable communities.

Universities, research organisations and technology start-ups

We work with technology entrepreneurs and universities, particularly science and technology research bodies, to commercialise research, help get products to market, and create rapid business growth.

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs)

We can help you use design to increase sales, open new markets and differentiate your brand. Find out more on our business growth page and search our library of case studies.

Community groups, charities and funders

Our Design Challenges address some of the most complex social issues. We work with community groups, charities and funders to find innovative solutions to difficult problems. If you're interested in funding a Design Challenge, visit our partnerships page

Designers and creative industry bodies

Our Design Challenges bring together designers and design novices alike, to address some of society’s biggest challenges. We also run regular talks by leading designers - see our events page for more.

Case studies