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

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 […]

Favourite Christmas Recipes from the MPAD Team

Thank you for all your support in 2016! Here are the MPAD team’s favourite Christmas recipes to give you some creative inspiration over the festive period. Picken’s Mince Pies Ingredients Mincemeat (I used two 411g jars of Robertson’s Classic Mincemeat) For the pastry 375g plain flour 260g unsalted butter 125g caster sugar 1 large egg, […]

Planning for the Future

Cornwall-based communications agency MPAD is announcing a change in directorship. Rachel Picken has resigned as managing director to pursue her own consultancy and teaching business Agile PR, through which she teaches Chartered Institute of PR qualifications. Mark Picken, who established MPAD in 1999, will continue to lead the business, as it prepares to move to […]