【UK】Montgomery Group: a platform to build communities that stretch beyond borders and industries, from exhibitions to conferences and experiences

Montgomery Group, the global events company with over a century of experience serving the communities and delivering first class events across a variety of sectors and continents. From art and food to humanitarian aid to name a few, they empower their industry-diverse teams to nurture relationships, create exciting opportunities and produce positive outcomes for everyone they engage with.


The company is named after Henry Greville Montgomery, a pioneer in the brickwork business, who in 1895 staged a Building Trades Exhibition at the Royal Agricultural Hall and later Olympia in order to help the struggling West country clay traders during a period of Depression. Greville mobilised his political contacts as a Liberal Party member to highlight these workers’ needs by giving them space at the exhibition – an effort that impressed the public so much he went on to win a seat for the Liberals in the 1906 election in the Tory Bridgwater stronghold, becoming a popular MP. 125 years later, his values and legacy of helping others by providing the opportunities they needed to survive and prosper lives on through today’s Montgomery Group.



Manchester Square buildings (which is still The Montgomery Group Headquarters today) were completed and first occupied by aristocrats fleeing the French Revolution Manchester




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Montgomery’s Founder; Greville Montgomery MP launched the company.


Creville Montgomery MP launched the First Building Show at Westminster in 1895 to support the ailing clay workers Instituete of Clayworkers he had founded that year.


The first Building Show then became the world’s first biennial show.


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They launched their first mining show known as the Colliery Show.



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The Building Exhibition was visted by the Prince & Princess of Wales shortlly before their accession, on the death of King Edward VII , as King George V and Queen Mary.


The only architectural work ever carried out in Britain by Le Corbusier was a stand at the 1930 Building show for Venesta. This marked the arrival of modernism’ to the Uk.


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Hotel, Restaustant & Catering(later called Hotelympia) was launched and is the longest Trade Show in the UK.


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One of the only public of King Edward VIII in 1937 was visiting the Building Exhibition at Olympia.


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Molly and Bryan Montgomery founded Specialised Exhibitions (Pry) Ltd in South Africa, which is still port of The Montgomery Group and is leading exhibition organisers.


Christaan Bamard opened the first SA Medical show just after performing the World’s first heart transplant.


Sandy Angus, now Montgomery Group Chairman, joins the company.


Lord Louis Mountbotten tore up his notes at IDEA (International Domestic Equipment and Appliance Show) to demonstrate the new Dyson Vacuum cleaner, which was launched at the event.


IFE was launched and still runs today as the leading food & drink trade event.


The Livepool Garden Festival attracted 3.4m visitors – the largest event in the UK since the Great Exhibition of 1851.


David Hockney provides the design for the poster for Art LA.


The Queen Mother visits Hotelympia.


Prince Charles visited IFE (twice over the years!).



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Hotelympia was visited by Princess Diana – Olympia had suffered some damage to the roof that year from a particularly bad storm and attendees had to evacuate, mostly to the pub!


Chef Gordon Ramsey wins National Chef of the Year at Salon Culinaire.


Nelson Mandela visited Electra Mining Africa.


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Fresh RM is launched as a joint venture company between Montgomery and Reed Exhibitions.


Speciality & Fine Food Fair was launched.


Montgomery purchased Reed Exhibitions share of Fresh RM and Fresh Montgomery was born (now known as Montgomery Food, Drink & Hospitality).


The launch edition of Electra Mining Botswana was attended by 0.1% of the entire population of Botswana and made headline news that night.


Purchased The W Exhition which we previously launched 30 year before!


Ran our first humanitarian aid event when Montgomery purchased AidEx, and Montgomery Aid & Development was born.


We celebrated our 120th birthday in style in the Manchester Square Gardens.


Acquired the full ownership of the Independent Hotel Show.


Montgomery wins most Memorable Event Moment for their 120th Birthday Ce;ebrations – which was a new award for the AEO Award.


The recent – launched Montgomery Asia launched their first events Speciality & Fine Food Fair Asia and Restautant, Pub & Bar Asia.


Acquired the full ownership of PUB Show, the event for the UK pub industry.


Montgomery acquires FIT Show – the leading event for the window, door and flat glass sector.


Montgomery Group Managing Director Damion Angus in 2018 Chair of the Association of Event Organisers (AEO).


Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam is launched.


Their organisations

Afrocet Montgomery



With a combined 145 years of experience, Afrocet Montgomery is a partnership that specialises in running high end exhibitions and events in West Africa. Afrocet has always focused on events in West Africa, while Montgomery stage prestigious and award winning exhibitions globally.





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Their combined extensive knowledge and experience of the African market has enabled us to develop a strong portfolio of shows and made them the largest exhibition organiser on the African Continent.



Angus Montgomery Arts



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Led by Chairman Sandy Angus, Angus Montgomery Arts has more than 40 years’ experience in the contemporary arts sphere, establishing successful fairs globally.  The co-founders of ArtHK (now Art Basel Hong Kong), Angus Montgomery Arts is committed to delivering high quality, regional art fairs that serve the needs of collectors and galleries.



The current portfolio includes:  Art Central Hong Kong, Art SG (Singapore), India Art Fair, PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, Sydney Contemporary, Taipei Dangdai (Taiwan), Art Düsseldorf (Germany), making Angus Montgomery Arts the largest art fair organizer in Asia.











Montgomery Group Design & Build

Montgomery Group Design & Build incorporates market-leading events for the UK Design and Build community.



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FIT Show and Visit Glass is the UK’s only dedicated event for the window, door, flat glass, and components market for fabricators, installers, manufacturers, builders/contractors and developers. The W Exhibition has been running since 1973 and alongside Elements, is the event of choice for manufacturers and suppliers for the furniture and joinery manufacturing industry. Surface Design Show is the leading event for architects and designers to explore the best in surface material innovation and is co-located with Light School, Stone Gallery and the Surface Design Awards.





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Visit Glass is their dedicated flat glass showcase – get ready to see some amazing flat glass equipment, machinery and software solutions on display. Visit Glass launched in 2019 with huge success and was developed based on demand from our audience. From large scale lifting equipment through to the very latest glass products, processing technology, toughening and laminating equipment, Visit Glass provides the BIGGEST glass showcase.



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Alongside this flat glass display, take advantage of the Visit Glass CPD approved learning programme with content delivered by the industry’s experts. Take advantage of their dedicated networking space for those seeking the opportunity to meet with suppliers and prospects. Exhibitions are unique in offering large numbers of buyers with known needs and desires the opportunity to see, touch and try the very latest products and services that are important to their roles. Suppliers are able to reach these buyers in larger numbers than would be possible through any other medium, to meet prospects, to discuss their requirements, their needs and to cut months from the lead-to-order process.



Visit Glass brings the power of exhibitions to the UK and in doing so will reach local buyers, some of whom never travel to international events, as well as to major overseas customers.



Montgomery Food, Drink & Hospitality


Montgomery Food, Drink & Hospitality is dedicated to serving the needs of the food, drink, catering & hospitality industry. We are passionate in exceeding expectations by delivering events that focus on developing future success for all that attend. We are committed to showcasing innovation, we present exceptional educational content and we create unrivalled networking opportunities. We strive to always do more, to always think of what’s next, to always stay ahead.


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Montgomery Events East Africa

Montgomery Events East Africa Ltd is the regional arm of Montgomery Group that handles all of its exhibitions in East Africa. The business was launched in 2012, and is a Kenyan registered company, with an office and team in Nairobi. Montgomery Events East Africa Ltd have launched and established some of the leading exhibitions in the region in the fields of security, packaging, fire, health & safety, food and hospitality.


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Experiences first, exhibitions last; Montgomery Experiences facilitate unique brand activations for thousands of companies in thoughtfully designed environments. The Experiences team prides itself on getting under the skin of the communities they serve, building great relationships and creating opportunities that make a real difference to the livelihood of their people. Working to serve focused sectors such as the boutique hotel or pub industries, they immerse themselves in their communities to enable them to truly understand the needs. They’re visionary, creative, fun, hardworking and ambitious, with big ideas for a future of exciting business experiences.


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Specialised Exhibitions – A Division Of Montgomery Group

With a proud heritage spanning 50 years, Specialised Exhibitions, the largest trade show organiser in Southern Africa, remains the marketer’s first choice time and again. Their continued success lies in their ability to look ahead, to embrace change and to move forward. It’s in their culture, their DNA, to create a vibrant, energetic and innovative environment that instils confidence in exhibitors and keeps them at the forefront of their industry.

Specialised Exhibitions is owned by the prestigious Montgomery Group, one of the most widely respected exhibition companies in the world with trade shows, consumer shows and specialist projects in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.



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Montgomery Asia

Established in 2016, Montgomery Asia is a fully-owned subsidiary of UK-based Montgomery Group, one of the most widely respected exhibition companies in the world since 1895. It focuses on the growing Asian market, bringing the group’s flagship events to this region as well as developing new trade shows that meet the needs of the Asian market.


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Montgomery Group Aid & Development

AidEx is the world’s leading platform connecting actors from across the humanitarian aid and development community to solve the world’s most complex challenges and improve the efficient delivery of aid. The two – day event encompasses a cutting – edge conference, an exhibition full of the sector’s most innovative products, various networking opportunities, live awards and interactive workshops. AidEx has taken place in Dhaka and Nairobi alongside its annual flagship in Brussels.



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Exhibition Consultants Ltd


ECL is the specialist exhibitions and events consultancy division of the London based Angus Montgomery Group of companies. The Angus Montgomery Group is also involved in organising B2B and B2C shows, event venue management and trade show marketing in Europe, Africa and Asia.

ECL is privately owned, globally focused and resourced by professionals with daily working involvement covering all aspects of the exhibition, events and MICE market sectors.


As a member of the Angus Montgomery Group, ECL is unique in that as an independent consultancy it also has shared access to sister companies in their role as venue owners, venue clients, event organisers and sales agency representatives.

Angus Montgomery combines the Montgomery family’s exhibition organising legacy, which began in 1895, with a fifth generation of Angus family involvement now under the Angus Montgomery umbrella.


World Photography Organization


The World Photography Organisation was established in 2007 by Founder and CEO Scott Gray. Their purpose is to raise the level of conversation around photography worldwide, through a year-round programme of exhibitions, awards and competitions. Their mission is to support photographers around the world, to celebrate and show their work, as well as nurture the medium of photography on a global scale. Their value lies in the integrity of our expertise, their years of experience and the strength of our relationships with both individual photographers as well as their industry-leading partners around the world.



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The Food Awards Company

The Food Awards Company is Britain’s leading specialist in food awards. Based in Lincolnshire, which produces 20% of the nation’s food, The Food Awards Company has conceived and launched the following unique and prestigious awards, with national and global reach: Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year Tiptree World Bread Awards


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Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC)


Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC) South Africa’s largest purpose-built exhibition, conference, convention and events venue is one of Johannesburg’s best-known landmarks. The Johannesburg Expo Centre is owned by the International GL events Group and the UK based Montgomery Group. Both these companies are well known global players in the Events and Exhibitions industry, the UK based Montgomery Group specialises in the exhibition Organiser space whilst the GL events Group welcomed the JEC to its Venue network of 51 Venues globally.



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In addition to positioning itself as exhibition, conference and event organisers’ venue of choice, the JEC is committed to strategically aligning itself with carefully selected partners that provide an experience that prioritizes convenience and aptitude.




OTSA is a specialist sales and marketing company, representing a wide portfolio of international exhibitions. Every year OTSA works with hundreds of companies to help them take their products and services to some of the world’s most exciting export markets.


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They operate as the UK and Ireland representative for their overseas clients. Their work for leading international exhibition, event and congress organisers includes acting as the local country office, recruiting exhibitors, attracting visitors and managing national pavilions. OTSA has developed close working relationships with government departments and industry trade associations resulting in exhibitors regularly benefiting from financial subsidies for their participation.



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