Our Story

Ideas you’ll love. Experience you can trust

We’ve been designing, branding and generally solving problems since 2006, when three designers came together and set up a firm called Vita Design.

 

Powered by adrenalin and beans on toast, we quickly made our name in design and print. But we didn’t sit still, and have since evolved to embrace digital, branding and creative strategy, expanding our services in turn.

 

Fast-forward a decade to 2017 and our relaunch as MASS Associates: a small (but perfectly formed) creative agency based in St Helens, Merseyside.

 

From here we offer a full range of digital and print solutions, marketing strategy and standout creative, backed by more than 35 combined years of hands-on design and branding experience.

 

We like to think we’ve gone from strength to strength because we love what we do. But more than that, we believe our experience puts us in the best place to tackle your challenges. We know where you’re coming from, because we’ve been there too.

Our Approach

However you need our support, we think you’ll find our approach to work refreshingly different. After all we’re creatives – not salespeople.

 

We listen

First things first, we focus on getting to know you. This means asking loads of questions and listening closely to your answers. Until we get you and your goals, we won’t lift a pencil.

 

We know our stuff

From top to bottom, we’re experts in thoughtful design, branding and digital so you don’t have to be. But if the project calls for a specialist, no problem: we know exactly who to lean on.

           

We’re flexible

When the budget’s tight and the deadlines are tighter, it’s good to know we’ll work around you. We’re big believers in collaborative working, so we want you to see us as part of your team.

 

We’re down to earth

We’re proud to make things easier, not more complicated. That’s why we don’t do waffle, flannel or faff. Call it our no-nonsense northern promise.

 

We’re upfront on costs

No shocks. No eye-watering invoices. Like everything else we do, our rates are simple and straightforward, with design starting from just £40 per hour.

Our Services

Through stellar design, branding, digital marketing and print services, MASS makes things happen for clients of all stripes.

 

Effective design

Our bread and butter. Whether it’s your next ad campaign, a hefty product brochure, or some fancy illustration, you can count on us for the good stuff. And because we’re a dab hand in all formats, we’ll happily sort your point-of-sale displays, exhibition spaces and packaging as well.

 

Powerful branding

There’s more to your business than a logo. Through brand development, clever design and powerful copywriting, MASS can give your firm a name, purpose, and personality. Plus, we’ll create the guidelines you need to get everyone on board (or keep them in line!).

 

Engaging digital

Websites, affordable hosting, email marketing, social media, custom programming and mobile app development – if you can tap it, scroll it or click it, we’ll do it.

 

Reactive print

Last-minute print emergency? Chasing collateral for your big launch? At MASS, we’ve done print since day dot, which means when the chips are down, we deliver. We’ll even manage the headache of fulfilment – so that’s another thing off your mind.

Our Studio

Key People

Andy Thornber

Co-Founder & Director

Having realised he probably wouldn’t get to fly fighter jets, Andy bagged his design degree in 2001 and went straight in at the deep end on national accounts including Luminar Leisure and Village Hotels/De Vere Group.

 

To our clients, though, he’s a bit more Goose than Maverick – leading on projects while staying a trusted, level-headed guide.

 

Away from the studio, you’ll probably find him plonked in front of a documentary, travelling with his family, or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

Harvey Hodgen

Co-Founder & Director

Former local pie-man Harvey left the pastry trade for a design HND at Bolton, and spent his junior designer years rustling up high profile work for the likes of CCL/Clear Channel and Revolution Bars.

 

It’s experience our clients rely on: as chief planner and problem-solver, there isn’t much Harvey doesn’t know about design, advertising and print production.

 

Away from his desk, Harvey’s a big (big) fan of cars, old-school 90s tunes, and spending time with his wife and daughters.

April Keogh

Finance Director

Geordie girl, April came to MASS for a new adventure after flying high in finance roles up and down the UK.

 

With bags of experience and a scarily keen eye for detail, she’s been keeping things in order ever since.

 

When she’s not watching our pennies, April says yes to everything she can, and loves adventuring with her husband and little ones.

Our Clients

A few brands we’ve been lucky enough to work with since 2006.

 

Get in touch. Call 01744 23272

or email us today.