About us

Whatever you need, if it’s branding, strategy, PR, design, digital content or media training – we focus on impact. We measure that impact in three ways – impact on you and your objectives; impact on the environment; impact on communities.

Based in Truro, Cornwall, we work with ethical and socially responsible brands and organisations throughout the UK.

Mark Picken launched MPAD in 1999, with support from the Prince’s Trust. As a result, we’ve always loved the third sector, and we’re passionate about social and ethical communications.

Once upon a time, when Mark had an office in a cupboard under the stairs, MPAD stood for Mark Picken Advertising & Design. It still does all of those things, but we’re much, much more than that.

Our big focus is on impactful communications, and in turn our agency’s impact on the environment and the community in which we work. We’re proud of our environmental management system, which tells us that since 2008, we have recycled the equivalent weight in waste as that as a hippo. Yes, that heavy, aquatic mammal – 1.5 tonnes in weight to be exact.

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Latest MPAD news

Cornish Creatives Collaborate to Grow Out of County Contracts

Two Cornish creative agencies have joined forces in order to grow business on a national and international scale.   Leap, based in St Austell, and Truro-based MPAD will collaborate on projects in the charity, health, education and sustainability sectors.   The alliance was forged by Leap director, Matt Hocking, and MPAD director, Mark Picken.   […]

MPAD is 18

I was at an event in Exeter last night and bumped into an old acquaintance from Falmouth who runs a very successful Cornish company. As the presentations were about to start, he nudged me and said: “You do realise that we’re now in the elder statesmen bracket of businesses in Cornwall!” My immediate response was, […]

Five Reasons We Love UX

  UX (user experience) is becoming a significantly more important part of the work we do to help clients have a positive impact.   Here’s five reasons why we love UX:   Understanding users With 7 billion now on the planet, the chances of marketing to everyone are pretty limited, so it’s important to know […]

Creative Inspiration

MPAD’s creative director, Mark, took some time away from the office for a few days to take in the sights in London and get some creative inspiration.   Here’s a few highlights…..   Installations at the Tate Modern     William Shakespeare street art near The Globe Theatre     Interior at The Loft bar […]

What’s the Collective Noun for a Group of Designers Called Matt?

After eight years we said goodbye to our designer, Matt Hollands, this week. Matt, who joined the company as fresh-faced 23 year old on a freelance basis in 2008, is moving on to pastures new. We’re very proud of how Matt developed his skills and talents during that time and are going to miss him […]