What area are you in, i can give you your local association details.
Firstly join your local association many run beginers courses and will have details of some of the more serious beekeepers. There are very few bee farmers in the UK. I am based in surrey and help a guy run courses near Woking. Is that any good for you??. Try www.bbka.org.uk
for a bit more local advice :lol:
If you can get hold of these books and then do a reputable course you will be of to a good start. Ted hoopers guide to bees and honey(this is generaly regarded as the beekeepers bible in the UK) and also Clive de Bruyns Guide to practical beekeeping.
If you do a course and attend a few of your association meetings you are then in a postion to talk to a few local beekeepers and also ask around as to who may actualy be worth going and offering your help to!!!!!! Beekeepers are generaly a friendly bunch if not a bit on the old and crusty side :twisted: