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Benchmark Group PLC (BMK)

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Thursday 08 March, 2001

Benchmark Group PLC

Director Shareholding

Benchmark Group PLC
7 March 2001

Benchmark Group PLC ('the Company') announces that options over 50p Ordinary
shares granted under the 1996 Unapproved Executive Share Option Scheme have been
exercised by two executive Directors of the Company.

The Directors concerned and the number of options exercised are as follows:

Name of Director     Number of Shares     Exercise Price (p)  Exercise Value (£)

M J Kempner            206,600               227.50              470,015
K C Wong               206,600               227.50              470,015

Following this announcement, Mr N J Kempner holds outstanding options totalling
478,123 Ordinary 50p shares and Mr K C Wong holds outstanding options totalling
396,462 Ordinary 50p shares.

Also, Mr K C Wong and Mr N J Kempner's beneficial holdings in the Ordinary
shares of the Company following this event are as follows:

N J Kempner                       380,304  (0.31%)
K C Wong                          248,240  (0.21%)

                       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
YES


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)



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



7)  Number of shares/amount of
    stock acquired

206,600


8)   (0.17%)
    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

227.50P


13) Date of transaction

7 MARCH 2001


14) Date company informed

7 MARCH 2001


15) Total holding following this notification

248,240


16) Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

0.21

     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

THE ACQUISITION OF SHARES BY THE DIRECTOR IS BY WAY OF EXERCISE OF SHARE OPTIONS


24) Name of contact and telephone number for queries

W Y WONG  020  7287  6881


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

   Date of Notification     7 MARCH  2001
                            

                       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
YES


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)



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



7)  Number of shares/amount of
    stock acquired

206,600


8)   (0.17%)
    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

227.50P


13) Date of transaction

7 MARCH 2001


14) Date company informed

7 MARCH 2001


15) Total holding following this notification

380,304


16) Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

0.31

     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

THE ACQUISITION OF SHARES BY THE DIRECTOR IS BY WAY OF EXERCISE OF SHARE OPTIONS


24) Name of contact and telephone number for queries

W Y WONG  020 7287  6881


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

   Date of Notification     7 MARCH  2001
                            



                   

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