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Benchmark Group PLC (BMK)

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Wednesday 26 September, 2001

Benchmark Group PLC

Director Shareholding

Benchmark Group PLC
25 September 2001



                  ACQUISITION OF SHARES BY DIRECTORS
                UNDER THE BENCHMARK CO-INVESTMENT PLAN

Benchmark Group PLC ('the Company') hereby gives notice that its wholly owned 
subsidiary, The Benchmark Employee Trust Company Limited ('the Trust') has 
acquired 30,205 ordinary shares in the Company at 237 pence each on 25 September
2001 ('the Purchase') under the Company's Co-Investment Plan ('the Plan').

Under the rules of the Plan, participants may invest a proportion of their net 
of tax annual bonus to acquire ordinary shares of the Company ('Initial Shares')
through the Trust. Subject to satisfying certain conditions, participants will 
receive additional free shares ('Matching Shares') which are acquired by the 
Trust at the same time as the Initial Shares.

Included in the acquisition were 8,380 Initial Shares and 4 190 Matching Shares 
for Mr N J Kempner, Chief Executive ('Mr Kempner'), and 6,285 Initial Shares and
3,142 Matching Shares for Mr K C Wong ('Mr Wong'), both directors of the        
Company. The Matching Shares are transferable under the rules of the Plan on   
28 September 2004.

Following the third anniversary of awards made on 23 September 1998, the Trust 
has transferred 3,685 Matching shares to Mr Kempner.

All employees and executive directors of the Company are potential beneficiaries
under the Trust.

Following this announcement, Mr Kempner and Mr Wong are  beneficially interested
in 185,769 and 47,925 ordinary shares in the Company respectively and 
representing 0.153% and 0.039% respectively of the issued ordinary share capital
of the Company.


                       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

     THE DIRECTOR

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

     12,065

8)   (0.01%)
    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

     237

13) Date of transaction

     25/9/01

14) Date company informed

     25/9/01

15) Total holding following this notification

     185,769

16) Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

     0.153

     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

    Initial shares acquired under Co-investment Plan and matching shares 
    transferred under same plan.

24) Name of contact and telephone number for queries

     A P L Norman   020 7287 6881



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


    Date of Notification   25 SEPTEMBER 2001


                       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

     THE DIRECTOR

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

     6,285

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

     237

13) Date of transaction

     25/9/01

14) Date company informed

     25/9/01

15) Total holding following this notification

     47,925

16) Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

     0.039%

     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

     A P L Norman   020 7287 6881



25) Name and signature of authorised company official responsible for
    making this notification
    Date of Notification  25 SEPTEMBER 2001




                                                                                
                                     

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