Great news! For a third year running SQL Saturday is coming to Manchester. The Saturday is great for general education and is free to attend. The Friday is more specialised and will allow you to learn in an intimate classroom atmosphere with award winning teachers, although the Friday is paid for, the level of training available makes it a relative bargaining (IMHO).
I am part of the organising committee and if you want specific advice or just have the odd question, then get in touch with me via the contact form here.
If you would like to sponsor, then it is very easy (and affordable) to do so here.
For general information, the official site home page is here.