The Montgomery Connection
Specialised Exhibitions (Pty) Ltd is wholly owned by Montgomery - a family business that dates back over 100 years.
In 1895, Greville Montgomery set up the first specialised building fair in London in the UK, which was a resounding success. It was this that sowed the seeds for the global Montgomery brand seen today. On his retirement the business was passed to his son, Hugh, and subsequently his wife, Molly, who began to expand the business abroad. Together with her son Bryan, they took groups of British exhibitors to building shows in Europe, then the rest of the world. In 1967, it was Molly and Bryan that founded Specialised Exhibitions (Pty) Ltd in South Africa.
In 2008, Bryan Montgomery passed away, aged 80. Over the course of his lifetime, he served as chairman and director of Montgomery, as well as president of UFI (the Union of International Fairs) and chairman of the AEO (Association of Exhibition Organisers). His successor, Sandy Angus – the current chairman of Montgomery – has also held these positions, as well as being elected president of the IAEE (International Association of Exhibitions and Events). The fifth generation of this family business now rests under the holding company name of Angus Montgomery Ltd with its head office in Manchester Square, London in the UK.
Today Montgomery is an independent exhibition and events company at the forefront of trade and consumer shows and specialist events in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Over fifty events are run in over fifteen countries. Montgomery has its own specialist consultancy firm, 15 wholly owned and joint venture companies all over the world, and owns the largest exhibition venue in Africa (Expo Centre in Johannesburg).