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 organization and ultimately create a more just and caring 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.
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.
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 Manchester Square buildings (which is still The Montgomery Group Headquarters today) were completed and first occupied by aristocrats fleeing the French Revolution. Manchester.
Montgomery’s Founder; Greville Montgomery MP launched the company.
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.
The First Building Show then became the world’s first biennial show.
We launched our first mining show known as the Colliery Show.
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.
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.
One of the only public duties of King Edward VIII in 1937 was visiting the Building Exhibition at Olympia.
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.
Christaan Barnard 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 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.
IFE was launched and still runs today as the leading food & drink trade event.
The Liverpool 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!).
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.
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 Exhibition which we previously launched 30 years 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 our 120th Birthday Celebrations – which was a new award for the AEO Award.
The recently-launched Montgomery Asia launched their first events; Speciality & Fine Food Fair Asia and Restaurant, 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 is 2018 Chair of the Association of Event Organisers (AEO).
Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam is launched.