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A list of User Groups for UK Managed Service Providers

Shaking HandsHere is a list of User Groups of interest to UK based Managed Service Providers and IT Solution Providers that I hope to keep regularly updated.

Peer and User Groups are a fantastic way of accelerating your learning and building your business, and I highly encourage you to get involved.

Need more convincing? Here are 3 good reasons to attend your local user group.


UK IT Small Business User Groups

A number of user groups regularly meet around the UK to discuss both business and technology, to share ideas and to network with peers. Many of these groups were born from the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Community (SBSC) and members of these groups are typically the owners of SMB IT solution providers and Managed Service Providers.

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Autotask User Groups

There are a number of worldwide Community groups for users of the Autotask Service Intelligence tool, including a group in the UK.

Autotask User Group meetings are typically open to all-comers, not just Autotask users, with industry-wide as well as Autotask-specific education.

If you want to know more about the Autotask User groups then contact Len DiCostanzo, Senior Vice President, Community and Business Development at Autotask.


Citrix UK User Group

The UK Citrix User Group is the group created by the Citrix community for the community.

Meeting approximately once a quarter in different venues in Manchester, London and Birmingham, the UK Citrix User Group is a free-to-attend community group for users of Citrix Systems software.

For more details, visit the UK Citrix User Group web page. You can also follow the UK Citrix User Group on Twitter.


CompTIA UK Channel Community

The community was formed in an effort to provide a platform for resellers, distributors, and vendors to focus on developing best practices, business education and resources for companies engaged in the delivery of IT services in the UK.

The community meets face-to-face four times a year, and the LinkedIn group keeps the community in touch between meetings. There is no requirement to be a member of CompTIA to join the community, and attendance at the community meetings is free.

For more details visit the CompTIA UK Channel Community web page.

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ConnectWise User Groups

There are a number of Community groups for users of the ConnectWise PSA tool across North-America, Australia and there is also a group named Five Hours Ahead that regularly meet in London for the UK.

If you’re a ConnectWise user who wants to know more then contact Amy Hodge, Community Director at ConnectWise.


Heartlands Technology Group

The Heartlands Technology Group (HTG) is a peer group for IT businesses that lives by the mantra “Business and Personal growth driven by execution”.

HTG has two chapters in the UK – HTG 11 and HTG 25 – with a third chapter in development. These UK chapters meet once per quarter.

HTG also has a Service Executive group in the UK as well.

Find out more details about Heartlands Technology Group (HTG).


Microsoft Cloud User Group

A dedicated Microsoft Cloud User Group focusing on Skype for Business, Office365, Azure and Enterprise Mobility Suite that meets in Birmingham, Manchester and London.

For more details, contact MSCUG on Twitter or visit the Microsoft Cloud User Group website.


Microsoft Unified Communications User Group London

A London User Group aimed at driving awareness for Lync & Unified Communications (UC) related technology – with a little best practice thrown in too.

For more details visit the Microsoft Unified Communications User Group London website.


Network Group

Network Group (formerly known as the Network Buying Group or NBG) is a private peer group consisting of IT Solution Providers, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Value Added Retailers (VARs) from across the UK and Europe. A number of well-known vendors are partners to the group and offer special deals to members.

Membership is obtained through an application process to ensure the quality of members.

Network Group Managing Director Phylip Morgan says “We make our members and partners more profitable through collaboration. It’s as simple as that.”

To find out more about the Network Group, I’d recommend watching my interview with MD Phylip Morgan entitled The Evolution of Buying Groups or visiting the Network Group homepage.


Sharepoint User Group UK

Connecting Sharepoint experts across the UK, with monthly regional meetings and online forums.

For more details visit the Sharepoint User Group UK website.


SQL Server User Groups

The Midlands SQL Server User Group meets every other month in Birmingham. For more details, check out the SQL Midlands website or follow @SQLMidlands on Twitter.

The Leicester SQL Server User Group meets three times a year in Leicester. For more details, check out the Leicester SQL Server User Group website.


Trust X Alliance

Ingram Micro’s customer community, Trust X Alliance, is a global community with over 370 solution providers including 30 in the UK.

Their focus is to support the active growth of their partner businesses and offer members a significant competitive and profitable advantage in their market including creating programs and services to help MSPs better manage their business, reduce costs, gain competitive advantage, assist in emerging markets & solutions and help them to achieve economies of scale enjoyed by larger Solution Providers whilst differentiating themselves from their competitors.

They hold 10 meetings each year for primary members (business owners or Directors) and the sub-programs meet either monthly or bi-monthly.

For more details, you can visit the US website of Trust X Alliance or email Penny Thompson in the UK.


UK Azure User Group

Meeting monthly in London, Birmingham and other locations in the UK to discuss and consult on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform.

For more details visit the UK Azure User Group meetup page.


UK Virtualisation User Group

The largest independent Cloud and virtualisation user group in the UK. Formerly known as Virtual Machine User Group (VMUG), the group holds regular events across the UK.

For more details visit the Virtualisation User Group website.


Yammer User Group

An occasional meet up for Office 365 and Yammer users in London.

For more details visit the Yammer User Group meetup page.

Other Groups

If you have a User or Peer Group you’d like me to list, then please contact me.


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