Apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I'm going to try and organise a new user group meeting between now and Christmas in Leicestershire. Keep an eye on the community page next week and I'll get things rolling. It might be useful to come along and connect with other Tableau users in the Midlands.
We've only had one previous meeting, last year, but it was well attended by people from a range of different organisations. I'm sure you'll be able to find someone who can help you out.
Oh, and in the meantime, why not go to the 'Contents' section of the Midlands user group and add your thoughts under 'Meeting Content' and 'Meeting Arrangements' so you can help shape any future meeting!
One of the best ways I can suggest is to just get involved, take a poke around the forums, see if you can resolve some of the problems posted, its the way I think I speak for most that many of us earned our stripes (and scars).
On another note, joining the user-group is also a great place to start - really looking forward to joining you guys at your next meet Alex.
Hi Matt, see if you can find any contracts on jobserve.com and apply. I think it is worthwhile.