This October, the UK SQL Server community is inviting anyone with an interest in SQL Server to a series of free evening user group events being held around the country.

Supported by SQLServerFaq, the 3rd-6th October 2011 sees the first annual SQLRelay with many of the UK’s SQL Server user groups coming together to run 13 evening meetings across the country in 4 days.

Everyone’s Welcome

Whether you’re a developer or administrator, professional or amateur, we hope there’s an event near you where you will not only get to meet and knowledge-share with like-minded people but also get to see a well-known SQL Server community member present. Our aim as user group leaders is to make you feel part of the already popular UK SQL Server community where we believe even the most novice of people can teach an old hand a thing or two.

If you’re already a member of a local user group why not bring a friend or colleague along to one our SQLRelay meetings in October? Every user group taking part has been organised to have either a Microsoft SQL Server team member or a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) as a speaker.

SQLRelay Agenda

The UK SQL Server user group week kicks off in Liverpool at SQLBits, the semi-annual SQL Server conference, from the 29th September to 1st October. If you’re already attending then make sure you visit Community Corner where you can meet the user group leaders as well as their members. The SQLRelay team will be wearing instantly identifiable outfits and be available to give you more information about their events and answer your questions. For more information on SQLBits please visit

Following SQLBits, between Monday 3rd and Wednesday 5th of October, the 13 regional user groups will be holding free evening meetings very similar to their normal sessions, the only difference being that we’ve made sure each meeting will have a well-known SQL Server community member presenting.

Monday 3rd October
Manchester, Surrey, Birmingham, Kent

Tuesday 4th
Leeds, Bristol, London, Hertfordshire

Wednesday 5th
Edinburgh, Southampton, Exeter, Cardiff

We also welcome a new user group that will start in October in the County of Essex, more details will follow.

On Thursday 6th October the SQLRelay week will finish with an event at Microsoft’s Cardinal Place venue in London, with an internationally recognised speaker speaking. This is your chance to meet the attendees, speakers and organisers from all of the regional events as well as our yet to be named guest speaker. However, you can be assured that they are a well-known in the international SQL Server community and as soon as we can confirm more about their appearance we will. In addition to our speakers there will also be a prize draw where there is a chance to win the cool prizes provided by our sponsors.

How to Register

Details of each events date, time, location and agenda can be found on the UK SQL Server community web site where you can also register to attend each event.

Finally, we hope having received this email you feel welcomed by the UK SQL Server community and that you’ll join in our excitement about having a week of SQL Server community events.


The UK SQL Server User Group Leaders