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Local designer shields Lincoln retailers during lock down

Local product designer, Mark Panton has been working to help create a safer working environment for retailers in Lincoln and the surrounding area during the Covid-19 lockdown and help others to return to their businesses as the country moves forward.

Retailers who stay open to supply essential items to the public and businesses, need to provide measures to minimise the risk of spreading Covid-19 and avoid exposing themselves, their staff and their customers. This isn’t always easy and many are having to rely on masks, gloves and standard counter shields which don’t provide maximum protection when two metre distancing is not possible. Retailers often don’t have the required PPE to keep trading safely.  Mark explained, “Shops and retailers are providing a valuable service to their community during the lock-down period and require maximum protection for themselves and their customers.  I design and build bespoke timber frame structures from my workshop in Lincoln and knew that I could help.”

After consulting local retailers, Mark designed the ‘Covid-19 Shield’, which he builds to the size and specification of each retailer to achieve maximum protection. Mark describes how he adheres to the social distancing, “All design and construction is carried out while the retailer is closed to avoid any contact.  It feels good when you see the confidence shop owners have knowing that they can trade safely.”

Local printer, Lincoln Print & Copy Centre were one of the first to take advantage of Mark’s counter shield system. “We are very happy with the shield and the ease of which it was put in place. The shield gives our customers the confidence to come in and speak with us” explained Karen, the Director at Lincoln Print & Copy Centre.

Jason Green at UK Tool Station has reopened his shop after having a recently installed a shield. Jason said,”Mark has really helped us by installing the safety shield, which spans the entire checkout area. This provides maximum protection possible whilst adhering to the 2m safety distance. I what to say a big thank you to Mark for the fast turnaround and easy installation he provided.”

This gratitude is echoed with the growing number of convenience stores having Mark’s shields installed. Mr Karuna of ‘West End Food Store’ described his shield as: “A lifeline for my business during these difficult times, helping to protect me, my family, staff and my customers.” Mr Karuna continued, “We can all relax now without the worry of spreading the virus, it’s such a relief for us and our customers.”

The counter shields are designed to sit on counter tops or from floor to ceiling with doors.  A design type which will be required when offices and schools etc. begin to re-open.  All shields and screens are built from timber and heavy duty PVC on site to the customers design requirements to provide maximum protection.
The design avoids any holes or damage left in counters and start at just £120. The shields are priced low to keep them affordable for as many local businesses as possible in Lincoln and the surrounding area.

If you would like a counter shield for your business call Mark on 07860 250 212 or visit


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Call Kelly on 07935 008 420 or Mark 07860 250 212  or email