Mary Cleaver is the driving force behind MPC, a PR and communications agency specialising in using the built environment as a catalyst for positive change. Find out why she thinks DeskLodge is the bee’s knees – and why everyone is hoping for a dinner invite!
What does MPC do?
We use the built environment as a catalyst for positive change, addressing inequalities in society.
What is the best thing about your job?
The flexibility it allows me. Although we have a base at the wonderful DeskLodge we can use as little or as much as we want, if I wanted to spend a week at my parents in Somerset, I’ll catch that train. A week in Florence to get away from it all? I’ll take my laptop! Fully remote means less commuting time, and ultimately more freedom.
How do you stay motivated and productive?
Good question! That’s been hard the last two years, but constantly checking in with colleagues, taking screen breaks to grab a coffee and a natter with whoever is at the front desk at Desklodge.
Where is your favourite place to work at DeskLodge?
How to pick! We luckily have an office on the 1st floor which is perfect for collaborative working, but my all-time favourite is when I have a long meeting ,I sit in the big comfy armchair at the back of the third floor, grab a massive excellent coffee, and get settled in. The third floor area is brilliant for meeting new people, it’s so nice to be able to have people to greet in the morning and ask how someone’s lunch is!
What's the most valuable piece of advice you've been given in work/business?
Invest and listen to your employees. Without people there wouldn’t be a business, and I think that can get forgotten sometimes.
What do you do in your spare time?
Volunteer for local charities, drink wine, cook food! I’ve mastered dimsum. Come find me and ask for my recipe!