To serve our world, nurturing relationships and developing opportunities.

We Serve

We work on the philosophy of Servant Leadership and look to create a set of practices that enrich the lives of individuals, help build a better organisation and ultimately create a more just and caring world.

Our World

Our world are the communities we serve, the sectors we work in, the individuals we work with and our employees who make it happen – our world is important to us.

Nurturing Relationships

We believe that one of the best outcomes of our work is the establishment, growth, and support for positive business relationships. This is as true for our exhibitors and visitors, as well as our business colleagues and partners.

Developing opportunities

We look for the best opportunities for the individuals and communities we work with. Whether it be a recommendation on a show to attend, a course to take, or insights to share, we seek out opportunities for the success of all members of our world.

Greville's Story

Our 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.

Our History

1789
1789

Manchester Square 1799

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

1895
1895

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

1895

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

1897
1897

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

1903
1903

1904 International Colliery Exhibition Catalogue

We launched our first mining show known as the Colliery Show.

1909
1909

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

1930
1930

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.

1935
1935

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

1937
1937

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

1967
1967

Molly and Bryan Montgomery founded Specialised Exhibitions (Pty) Ltd in South Africa, which is still part of The Montgomery Group and is one of South Africa’s leading exhibition organisers.

1968
1968

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

1976
1976

Lord Louis Mountbatten 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.

1979
1979

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

1984
1984

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

1986
1986

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

1988
1988

The Queen Mother visits Hotelympia.

1989
1989

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

1990
1990

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!

1992
1992

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

1996
1996

Nelson Mandela visited Electra Mining Africa.

1999
1999

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

1999
2006
2006

Our first show in Libya was launched to tackle the oil & gas and infrastructure sectors.

2007
2007

The launch of the World Photography Awards in Cannes sponsored by Sony – this has gone on to become a global platform for photography around the world.

2008
2008

The launch of Art HK which went on to become Art Basel Hong Kong

2011
2011

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

2013
2013

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

2014
2014

Delivered the first Festival of Business in Liverpool in conjunction with the UK Government. Launched the Africa Rising event as part of the festival.

2015
2015

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

2015

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

2016
2016

Acquired the full ownership of the Independent Hotel Show.

2016

Montgomery wins most Memorable Event Moment for our 120th Birthday Celebrations – which was a new award for the AEO Award.

2017
2017

The recently-launched Montgomery Asia launched their first events; Speciality & Fine Food Fair Asia and Restaurant, Pub & Bar Asia.

2018
2018

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

2018

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

2019
2019