History

 

History

The Montgomery Worldwide companies trace their origin to 1895 when Greville Montgomery MP organised the first building exhibition in London, perceiving a demand for the manufacturers of bricks and other building materials to meet architects and builders merchants in order to display and sell their products. Exhibitions of the 'industrial arts', not least the Great Exhibition of 1851, had become a feature of Britain's business scene. Trade exhibitions were to become increasingly popular and effective and the Montgomery family business was in the vanguard, producing a popular 'Building Trades Exhibition' that grew to the extent that by the 1970s, as 'Interbuild', it became the largest specialised industrial trade show in Britain.

From the 1960s, with Mrs M A Montgomery as Chairman and Bryan Montgomery, grandson of the founder, leading the development of the business, the group began to internationalise. The experiment was based first on the management of British groups of exhibitors at building exhibitions in export markets in Europe and then, in the late 1960s, on the formation of Specialised Exhibitions (Pty) Ltd to stage a Building Exhibition and other events in South Africa. With the economic take-off in the Arabian Gulf and the 'Tiger' countries of Asia in the 1970s, Montgomery was quick to move, using their management team's rapidly accumulating expertise to pioneer ventures in Bahrain, Singapore, Malaysia and several other countries. Successful exhibition programmes in these emerging economies boosted their economic growth and helped to establish their host cities as modern business destinations.

Through Exhibition Consultants Ltd a number of challenging but successful special projects were carried out, including the establishment of the International Fair of Khartoum in 1978 and the management services for the first Lagos International Fair in 1977. Such major projects added to the group's prestige and world-wide reputation, setting Montgomery apart from other 'trade show only' organisers.

Exhibition Consultants Ltd provided the operations and marketing services for the Liverpool International Garden Festival in 1984. The largest public event to be held in the UK since the 1951 Festival of Britain, the Festival set new standards and expectations for British visitor attractions and drew 3.4 million visits - more per day than the 'Dome' in 2000.

In the UK the first International Food Exhibition (IFE) was launched in 1979, and in the 1980s the Irish market developed through Irish Exhibition Services Ltd.

In the late 1990s it was decided to withdraw Montgomery interests from a number of overseas ventures and the decline and unpredictability of the construction industry lead to the eventual loss of 'Interbuild'. The company restructured to consolidate UK and European exhibition organising and the parent company was re-branded Andry Montgomery Ltd (AML). AML established new operations in territories such as Europe, Africa and Asia, more recently launching new events such as the Hong Kong Art Fair,World Photography Awards and buying a new business in South Africa called Exhibitions for Africa(Pty) Ltd.

The Montgomery Group brand under the chairmanship of Chistopher Newton also launched new shows in markets as diverse as Hungary and Poland through Montgomery Exhibitions Ltd. The company also continues to grow Irish Exhibitions Services Ltd and its new business in India.

Andry Montgomery Ltd was rebranded Montgomery Worldwide in October 2008. The company expects to remain in the front rank of producers of specialist exhibitions and business events, alert to the ever-changing dynamics of the global events industry. We are open to proposals for new ideas, new projects and new markets.

Our Values

Montgomery Worldwide retains the independent values of a family business traced from its origins in 1895. Our reputation for openness and integrity means that we are respected by our industry. The Montgomery family remained involved in the business until 2008 and Bryan Montgomery, as former Chairman, served as President of UFI (the Union of International Fairs) and Chairman of the AEO. His successor Sandy Angus, the current Chairman of Montgomery Worldwide, has also held these positions as well as President of the IAEE.