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Benchmark Group PLC (BMK)

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Tuesday 03 October, 2000

Benchmark Group PLC

Director Shareholding

Benchmark Group PLC
2 October 2000

                             BENCHMARK GROUP PLC

                     ACQUISITION OF SHARES BY DIRECTORS
                   UNDER THE BENCHMARK GROUP PLC 1996 SAYE SCHEME

Benchmark Group PLC ('the Company') hereby gives notice that two of its
Directors have acquired a total of 11,206 Ordinary shares of 50p each in the
Company ('Ordinary Shares') at 174 pence each on 2 October 2000 on exercise of
options under the Company's 1996 SAYE Scheme.

Mr N J Kempner ('Mr Kempner'), Chief Executive and Mr K C Wong ('Mr Wong'), a
Director participated in the 1st October 1997 award under Company's 1996 SAYE
Scheme.  Both Mr Kempner and Mr Wong each contributed a monthly saving of £250,
which entitles them each to subscribe for 5,603 Ordinary Shares at 174p per
share.

The 1 October 1997 award matured on 1 October 2000 and both Mr Kempner and Mr
Wong exercised their full entitlement to subscribe for 5,603 Ordinary Shares
each at 174p per share.

Following this exercise, Mr Kempner and Mr Wong are beneficially interested in
173,704 and 41,640 Ordinary Shares respectively 0.144% and 0.034% respectively
of the Company's issued share capital.



                           DEALINGS BY DIRECTORS


1)  NAME OF COMPANY

Benchmark Group PLC


2)  NAME OF DIRECTOR

N J Kempner

3)  Please state whether notification indicates that it is in respect of
    holding of the shareholder named in 2 above or in respect of a
    non-beneficial interest or in the case of an individual holder
    if it is a holding of that person's spouse or children under the
    age of 18 or in respect of an non-beneficial interest


4)  Name of the registered holder(s) and, if more than one holder, the
    number of shares held by each of them. (If notified)



5)  Please state whether notification relates to a person(s) connected
    with the Director named in 2 above and identify the connected person(s)


YES

6)  Please state the nature of the transaction. For PEP transactions
    please indicate whether general/single co PEP and if discretionary/non
    discretionary

EXERCISE OF SAYE OPTIONS AWARDED 1ST OCTOBER 1997

7)  Number of shares/amount of
    stock acquired

5,603

8)   (0.005 %)
    of issued Class


9)  Number of shares/amount
    of stock disposed



10)  ( N/A %)
    of issued Class


11) Class of security

Ordinary 50p


12) Price per share

174p

13) Date of transaction

2 October 2000

14) Date company informed

2 October 2000

15) Total holding following this notification

173,704

16) Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

0.144

     IF A DIRECTOR HAS BEEN GRANTED OPTIONS BY THE COMPANY PLEASE
                    COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING BOXES

17) Date of grant


18) Period during which or date on which exercisable


19) Total amount paid (if any) for grant of the option



20) Description of shares or debentures involved: class, number.


21) Exercise price (if fixed at time of grant) or indication that price
    is to be fixed at time of exercise


22) Total number of shares or debentures over which options held
    following this notification


23) Any additional information



24) Name of contact and telephone number for queries

W Y Wong  0207 287 6881

25) Name and signature of authorised company official responsible for
    making this notification

   Date of Notification   2 October 2000                              



                       DEALINGS BY DIRECTORS


1)  NAME OF COMPANY

Benchmark Group PLC


2)  NAME OF DIRECTOR

K C WONG

3)  Please state whether notification indicates that it is in respect of
    holding of the shareholder named in 2 above or in respect of a
    non-beneficial interest or in the case of an individual holder
    if it is a holding of that person's spouse or children under the
    age of 18 or in respect of an non-beneficial interest


4)  Name of the registered holder(s) and, if more than one holder, the
    number of shares held by each of them. (If notified)



5)  Please state whether notification relates to a person(s) connected
    with the Director named in 2 above and identify the connected person(s)


YES

6)  Please state the nature of the transaction. For PEP transactions
    please indicate whether general/single co PEP and if discretionary/non
    discretionary

EXERCISE OF SAYE OPTIONS AWARDED ON 1ST OCTOBER 1997

7)  Number of shares/amount of
    stock acquired

5,603

8)   (0.005 %)
    of issued Class


9)  Number of shares/amount
    of stock disposed



10)  ( N/A %)
    of issued Class


11) Class of security

Ordinary 50p


12) Price per share

174p

13) Date of transaction

2 October 2000

14) Date company informed

2 October 2000

15) Total holding following this notification

41,640

16) Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

0.034

     IF A DIRECTOR HAS BEEN GRANTED OPTIONS BY THE COMPANY PLEASE
                    COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING BOXES

17) Date of grant


18) Period during which or date on which exercisable



19) Total amount paid (if any) for grant of the option



20) Description of shares or debentures involved: class, number.



21) Exercise price (if fixed at time of grant) or indication that price
    is to be fixed at time of exercise


22) Total number of shares or debentures over which options held
    following this notification


23) Any additional information



24) Name of contact and telephone number for queries

W Y Wong  0207 287 6881

25) Name and signature of authorised company official responsible for
    making this notification

   Date of Notification   2 October 2000



                                                                                
                                                                                
                                        

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