• +27 (0)10 300 7907
  • info@exsa.co.za

    Latest News

    MEDIA RELEASE: Compex Announces Expansion Plans in The United Kingdom

    Compex Pty Ltd, a leading South African based Exhibition and Event Infrastructure company, today announced that the company has been granted a license to operate in the United Kingdom and will open a second office in London. On the back of continued strong growth, Compex has seen a significant increase in contracts from international clients, which led to the exploration of expansion opportunities.

    Nicole East, Compex’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “Our expansion into the United Kingdom marks a milestone moment in the continued growth of Compex, that not only will support our long-term plans for the business but also positively contribute to the growth of the South African exhibition industry. It is envisioned that the South African operations will work very closely and collaboratively with the London office, providing customers new and old with the continued service they have come to know from our company.”

    Through research and collaboration with partners in the UK, it’s believed that the prospect of expansion will provide undeniable learning and growth opportunities for the whole Compex team and further ensure that the firm is better equipped and located to service not only the United Kingdom but also European and Middle East regions.

    The United Kingdom represents an established exhibition industry attracting over 3 million visitors each year and generating £11.0 billion in spend¹. The Global Association for the Exhibition Industry (UFI, 2018)² mirrored these statistics, recently reporting that exhibition companies surveyed in the United Kingdom had an increase in turnover during 2018 and predicted that the first quarter of 2019 would see similar results, boding well for the establishment of a new regional office.

    Compex Director, Dean Gunningham will lead the expansion and manage the London office, including the hiring of new staff and the collaboration with suppliers and customers. Dean will still strategically support South African operations and frequently travel between both countries.

    "Compex is well positioned to now explore growth internationally, and we are excited about the prospects of supporting customers holding trade shows or exhibiting in South Africa and also creating a brand presence in the United Kingdom. I am enthusiastic about this new venture for the business, and the opportunity that exists from a growth and knowledge-sharing perspective. We strongly believe that we need to continue to engage and assist companies with their face-to-face marketing efforts, and our exhibition professionals remain passionate about designing, building and delivering powerful experiences that ensure our customers tell their story, promote their brand, grow their business and STAND out!” said Dean.



    At Compex we’re committed to making your life easier!
    As one of the leading exhibition and event contractors in Southern Africa, Compex has been creating award-winning experiences for over 25 years.

    Headquartered in Johannesburg, with an office in London, the organisation employees forty-eight fulltime employees and delivers approximately 900 exhibition and event projects annually. Our dedicated team of event and exhibition professionals are passionate about designing, building and delivering powerful experiences that ensure our customers tell their story, promote their brand, grow their business and STAND (pardon the pun, we couldn’t resist) out!
    We believe in the power of face-to-face connections and in the value that every event or exhibition’s uniqueness is found in the experiences that are created.

    Need helping to STAND out from the rest? We’ll find a way!

    To learn more about our expansion plans or service offering, please contact:
    Nicole East – Chief Operating Officer Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mobile: 0027 82 857 3762 OR
    Dean Gunningham – Director Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. SA Mobile: 0027 84 909 6969 UK Mobile: 0044 753 578 3387

    ¹ Eventbrite UK Blog. (2018). An Introduction To The UK Event Industry In Numbers - Eventbrite UK Blog. [online] Available at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/blog/academy/uk-event-industry-in-numbers-ds00/ [Accessed 31 Aug. 2018].
    ² UFI_Global_Exhibition_Barometer_report21. (2018). The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. [online] Available at: https://www.ufi.org/industry-resources/surveys-and-studies/ [Accessed 1 Sep. 2018].





    And Start Contributing to the Events and Design Industry

    Website Feedback

    Overall, how well does our new website meet your need?

    African Energy Chamber Condemn...

    08 June 2021

    The African Energy Chamber is aghast at Africa Oil Week’s decision to relocate the conference venue for its flagship event from Cape Town, South Africa to the United Arab Emirates.

    Government Gazette

    31 May 2021

    Government Gazette - Republic of South Africa

    Global Exhibitions Day

    28 May 2021

    Global Exhibitions Day 2 June 2020

    National Vaccination Rollout

    19 April 2021

    Dear all Please find below an update from B4SA on the status of the national vaccination programme.  Please feel free to share this amongst your members and stakeholders. B4SA UPDATE...

    Trade show organisers and asso...

    12 April 2021

    Exhibitions industry celebrates the launch of first-of-its-kind global coalition designed to prioritise the safety and success of communities as they return to business Paris, France – April 8, 2021: As...

    Exsa Newsletter

    About EXSA

    EXSA enables connections through the networking and communication of our Forums and via our website (www.exsa.co.za).

    Besides providing EXSA’s directory of members, an exhibitions calendar and news feed, the EXSA website also offers a wealth of knowledge and industry guidelines available to its members.


    exsa and


    Co Reg. No – 1988/001660/08

    Telephone: +27 011 620 3089

    E-mail: info@exsa.co.za

    © 2018 EXSA | Exhibitions and Events Association of Southern Africa . All Rights Reserved. Designed By Cartmell