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The UK’s fastest growing private companies: Hot 100 2015 – (17) Angus Montgomery

Founded back in 1895, Angus Montgomery is the home to 15 event companies spanning art, food and more, serving EMEA and Asia with family at the core of the operation.
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Name: Angus Montgomery
Industry/sector: Leisure and travel
Date founded: 1895
The boss: Damion Angus
Location: London
Latest turnover: £19.8m
Three-year compound growth rate (%): 62.18
Latest EBITDA: £2.9m

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Not quite as old as this year’s fastest-growing company Whitworths, which was founded back in 1886, 1895-launched events company Angus Montgomery has family at its heart.

Its focus lies in the burgeoning art and food industries and the firm delivers events globally, from London to Istanbul to Dublin to Lagos, Angus Montgomery has a presence across the whole of EMEA and Asia.

Events include the Speciality and Fine Food Fair in the UK’s capital, which is described as the “definitive event for showcasing artisan food and drink to trade buyers” as delis, farm shops, independent retailers, restaurants, hotels, caterers and wholesalers assemble.

Elsewhere, the ArtInternational in brings together international and local galleries for modern and contemporary works that offer collectors access to work from around the world.

In the company’s own words: “Montgomery is a global events company with a difference. We have over 100 years experience under our belt, but we’ve kept our entrepreneurial spirit. We don’t shy away from innovation, and we relish a challenge – wherever in the world it may take us.

“Our international expertise and resources mean we deliver first-class results, no matter the vision and location. Seeking new opportunities and delivering quality exhibitions and shows is what Montgomery does best.”

Brands under the Angus Montgomery umbrella include Art Fairs London, which attracted 25,000 visitors at launch in 2013, while the Hong Kong equivalent Asian Art Fairs brought in 19,000 guests when it debuted in 2008. It marked the largest international art fair ever to take place in the city.

Meanwhile, Montgomery Media 10 is a joint venture with Essex-based publishing firm Media 10 that was established to take the latter’s Grand Designs brand to South Africa. Additionally, the company has another 12 subsidiaries contributing to its CAGR of 62.18 per cent.

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