About Us



Sir Michael Parkinson

Michael Parkinson began his career as a journalist on local papers and as a features writer for the Daily Express and Manchester Guardian.  His first foray into TV came when he joined Granada Television before moving to the BBC to join the 24 Hours team.


Ken Loach

Ken Loach is one of Britain’s most acclaimed film directors. From Cathy Come Home and Kes continuing with Land and Freedom, Sweet Sixteen and, with the writer Paul Laverty, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, and I, Daniel Blake which both won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.  Kes (1969) from Barry Hines’ book is said to be one of the finest films ever made in Britain. Few directors have been as consistent in their themes and their filmic style, or as principled in their politics, as Loach.


Andrew Barton

Shaun Dooley

Ashley Jackson

Ian McMillan

Kate Rusby

Stephanie Hirst

Sarah Walker

Sam Nixon

Kathryn Roberts

Milly Johnson

Gary Clarke

Joanne Harris

Tala Lee Turton

Dame Jenni Murray


Steve Wragg

Carol Cooper Smith

Mark Wilcockson

Dave Grimes

Jade Samuels

Jade Trustee

Charlotte Peel

Trustee Charlotte Peel headshot

Cllr Tim Cheetham

Tony Wright

Tracy Rodgers

Alister Albert



Mark Mark Production

Markmark Productions; founded in 1990 is one of Britain’s leading festival and street theatre companies.

As well as creating their own shows they also work on commissions and workshops from primary level to professional actors in training.

Markmark regularly animate our outdoor events in Barnsley with their hilarious comedy and pop up performances. We will be working with them over the next few years to develop more work in partnership and an exciting programme of participatory workshops.

Cross The Sky

Cross The Sky is our integrated theatre company based here at The Civic. The company is made up of actors with learning and physical disabilities and co-ordinated for us by three specialist artists.

By using a wide spectrum of art forms the company write and perform original songs and devise their own visual and theatre work that is exciting to watch.

The group draw on personal experiences as their inspiration and work towards a new show to tour approximately every two years.

To find out more & how to join Cross the Sky you can contact [email protected]



Barnsley Civic Business Champions is a membership opportunity that offers you the following:​

  • A regular newsletter with updates about our programme, our development projects and networking opportunities.
  • 20% discount on venue hire for all meeting, entertaining and conferencing spaces.
  • A presence on our new website which signposts our customers to access your services and products
  • 20% discount on advertising rates in our season brochure.
  • An invitation to all exhibition private views, an opportunity for you to enjoy excellent art work, network and entertain clients.
  • Discount on tickets for your employees on shows marked with the early bird symbol.
  • Corporate hospitality, special VIP parties of ten or more tickets booked by Civic Business Champions will receive a free interval drink for each member of the party.

All for an annual membership fee of £500 per annum plus VAT.

  • In addition to this, special events will be organised throughout the year bringing our champions together. We will also recommend you to our networks and contacts throughout the country.

To find out more about becoming a Civic Business Champion contact us [email protected]



With offices in Barnsley and Leeds, gbac provide business support and advice to help create and retain wealth for a large variety of clients, in a range of different sectors and industries. gbac consists of a team of 40 professionals including: accountants, auditors, tax advisors, payroll and legal compliance experts, trainees and support assistants.

Throughout the years the world of accounting has changed substantially but the accuracy and quality of accounting data is still at the core of everything we do. From the latest cloud accounting applications to the latest management tools, we look to provide the perfect mix for our clients.

We specialise in supporting Owner Managed Businesses through-out the full life cycle, from business plans, through to growth and retirement planning. We understand the factors that motivate and drive growth within a business and pride ourselves on providing an individual approach to our clients, working closely alongside them to better understand their business, sharing in their aspirations and challenges along the way.

Highlander Computing Solutions

Highlander Computing Solutions, a South Yorkshire based IT solutions and services provider, has a long-standing relationship with The Civic and are delighted to be participating in the Civic Champions programme.

 IT innovation continues to make a positive impact on businesses across every industry. Highlander is committed to delivering the support, guidance and technical expertise that ensures organisations of all sizes can harness the latest technologies for the benefit of their business. Built on a strong set of core values, Highlander use a caring and common-sense approach to provide responsive IT support and ensure exceptional delivery of IT projects.

NPS Barnsley

We deliver a comprehensive range of property and construction services tailored to meet the needs of both public and private sector clients in South Yorkshire and across the UK.

Our professional, coordinated approach can help to acquire or build new premises, expand or improve existing accommodation and save you money by optimising the performance of your property.

Whatever the scope or scale of the project, we are able to provide either a fully interconnected service where we integrate all the elements required, or just an individual service.

Our highly qualified and experienced staff have a wide range of skills and expertise, together with in-depth knowledge of local markets and the property development process.

Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce

Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce has been supporting the local economy and facilitating individual and business success since 1882. Today we support over 1100 businesses with around 100,000 employees across South Yorkshire, to ensure the voice of business is heard and that the vital contribution that Chamber members make to the economic success of the region is recognised and supported.

We believe that as part of the British Chambers of Commerce national network, with over 100,000 members employing 5 million people, our Chamber has a key role to play as we shape the future of the city region’s economy. Additional our strategic partnership with many organisations including our local authorities, enterprise agencies and educational institution and our invaluable working relationship with our Members of Parliament mean the Chamber continues its key role in supporting business.

T: 01709 386200

E: [email protected]

Copier Systems

Barnsley based Copier Systems provide managed print solutions to companies throughout the UK. With leading solutions from Develop, Canon and Epson we have the ideal portfolio to ensure we can meet all requirements.

With a 23 year history we are now one of the leading independently owned managed print solutions providers in the North of England.

See what our customers think of us!

Henry Boot Construction

Henry Boot Construction is the principal contractor for The Glass Works. The redevelopment is funded by Barnsley Council and will provide a vibrant and modern town centre, significantly enhancing the town’s retail and leisure experience, and helping to attract and retain more shoppers and visitors.

Henry Boot Construction is an award-winning construction company with true family values and over 130 years’ experience delivering building, civil engineering, refurbishment and fit-out projects for a range of public and private sector clients. With an enviable reputation, they provide high quality construction work that’s built to last. From early involvement and design management, to construction and after-care, Henry Boot guide their clients every step of the way.

By employing Barnsley-based subcontractors and providing new jobs and work placements throughout the project, Henry Boot will leave a lasting employment and skills legacy in Barnsley.

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