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Building a thriving tech community: The Power BI Manchester User Group

At the heart of Manchester's tech scene lies the Power BI Manchester User Group (PBIMCR), a powerhouse in the region's tech community. Founded by Alex Taylor, Director and Head of BI, Data & Analytics in Robert Walters’ Manchester Technology team, PBIMCR has been instrumental in cultivating a vibrant community of BI enthusiasts and experts for over 7 years.

Since its formation, technology recruitment firm Robert Walters has proudly sponsored and hosted PBIMCR events, giving a space where tech enthusiasts of all levels can network, collaborate and learn from industry experts. The group’s regular events and meetups range from Lunch and Learn sessions to talks from expert speakers. 

“We had our first PBIMCR event back in January 2017. There were over 100 attendees squeezed into a small venue – the appetite for more was brilliant.” shared Alex.  

“I’d been wanting to set up a North West Data User Group for a while, and back in last 2016 I heard about a very popular London PUG (Progress User Group). So, I mirrored how they’d been set up - and the PBIMCR was born.”

One of the most memorable events for Alex was the SQLBITs x Power BI Manchester Special in 2019. 

“We hosted over 150 attendees at KPMG's office for a Q&A special with a panel of PBI experts: Guy in A Cube's Adam Saxton & Patrick LeBlanc, Marco Russo, Alberto Ferrari, Prathy Kamasani, Chris Webb, Angela Henry and Christian Wade."


"Each month we have fantastic speakers from all over the world - but that event in 2019 was particularly special.”

A vibrant network of tech enthusiasts

In the tech industry, community and networks play a crucial role in fostering growth and innovation.  PBIMCR has excelled in creating a sense of belonging and collaboration among tech professionals in the North, which its members attest to. 

“Their dedication and passion have brought together industry experts from around the world, fostering knowledge sharing and networking opportunities. Attending these events has not only provided valuable insights and tips but also allowed me to build a supportive community of like-minded individuals.” - Mark, PBIMCR member

A platform for knowledge sharing and innovation 

Through regular events and meetups, the PBIMCR has provided a platform for knowledge sharing and professional development, “a hub of learning and growth, where individuals at all skill levels can thrive” as one member described. 

During events, attendees gain valuable knowledge on topics such as Power BI, Data Science, Machine Learning, and Data Visualisation. By staying at the forefront of industry trends and advancements, PBIMCR equips members with the latest tools and techniques to excel in their respective fields. Past sessions have covered areas such as MS Fabric, Azure fundamentals and PowerApps. 

Success stories

Countless success stories have emerged from the connections made through PBIMCR, leading to new collaborations, job opportunities, and personal growth.  

For Jonathan, a Business Intelligence and Analytics Manager, attending PBIMCR meet ups allowed him to tap into Alex’s expertise.

“I found his advice invaluable in securing my recent contract and a perm role... the Manchester Power BI group into an outstanding support network.”


Through connecting with Alex at various PBIMCR events, Paul, a data engineer, found a long contract at PHSO which Alex put him forward to. “Alex sourced my latest contract role, and I have always found him to be a reliable and knowledgeable Business Intelligence recruiter.” 

As a leading technology recruiter in Manchester, Robert Walters is proud to sponsor the Power BI Manchester User Group, which stands as a testament to the power of community and collaboration within the tech industry.  It has fostered connections, shared knowledge, and supported the growth of countless professionals.

“I hope to continue to grow the community group with fantastic talks from new speakers and companies across the world, covering exciting topics – like Microsoft Fabric for example,” Alex remarked, looking ahead to the future of PBIMCR.

Interested in tapping into Manchester's vibrant tech scene, expanding your network, and staying ahead of the curve? Discover upcoming PBIMCR events here

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Alex Taylor

Alex Taylor

Technology, Manchester

Alex has over 19 years' experience in IT and Data recruitment, leading the recruitment of professionals into temporary, FTC and interim roles. As Business Director and Head of BI, Data & Analytics at Robert Walters, he is a passionate advocate for building a vibrant tech community in the North.

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