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Benchmark Group PLC (BMK)

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Thursday 22 November, 2001

Benchmark Group PLC

Director Shareholding

Benchmark Group PLC
21 November 2001



                   GRANTS OF SHARE OPTIONS TO DIRECTORS AND 
                            ACQUISITION OF SHARES 
                    UNDER THE BENCHMARK CO-INVESTMENT PLAN


Benchmark Group PLC ('the Company') hereby gives notice of share options granted
to Mr N J Kempner ('Mr Kempner') and Mr K C Wong ('Mr Wong'), Directors of the 
Company, under the Benchmark Group PLC 2001 Unapproved Executive Share Option 
Plan ('the Plan').

By a deed dated 19 November 2001, options were granted to Mr Kempner and Mr Wong
to acquire 237,631 and 173,159 ordinary shares of 62.5 pence each respectively 
in the Company at a price of 256.7 pence per share, in accordance with the terms
and rules of the Plan.

The options are exercisable between 19 November 2004 and 19 November 2011.

The Company also gives notice that its wholly owned subsidiary, The Benchmark 
Employee Trust Company Limited ('the Trust') has acquired 7,313 ordinary shares 
of 62.5 pence each in the Company at 256 pence each on 12 November 2001 ('the 
Acquisition') 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. The Acquisition comprised 
additional Matching Shares to compensate holders of Matching Shares who were not
entitled to the special dividend of 60 pence per ordinary share of 50 pence each
paid to shareholders on the register on 9 November 2001.

Included in the Acquisition were 2,841 and 1,666 Matching Shares for Mr Kempner 
and Mr Wong respectively. The Matching Shares are transferable over the next 
three years under the rules of the Plan.

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



                       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



8)   (N/A %)
    of issued Class



9)  Number of shares/amount
    of stock disposed



10)  ( N/A %)
    of issued Class



11) Class of security



12) Price per share



13) Date of transaction



14) Date company informed



15) Total holding following this notification



16) Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification



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

17) Date of grant

    19 NOVEMBER 2001

18) Period during which or date on which exercisable

    19 NOVEMBER 2004 TO 19 NOVEMBER 2011

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

    NIL

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

    ORDINARY 62.5P          237,631

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

    256.7p

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

    715,754 & 5,253*
              *SAYE OPTIONS

23) Any additional information



24) Name of contact and telephone number for queries

    ANDREW NORMAN            020 7287 6881

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

    Date of Notification        21/11/2001                         



                       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

    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



8)   (N/A %)
    of issued Class



9)  Number of shares/amount
    of stock disposed



10)  ( N/A %)
    of issued Class



11) Class of security



12) Price per share



13) Date of transaction



14) Date company informed



15) Total holding following this notification



16) Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification



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

17) Date of grant

    19 NOVEMBER 2001

18) Period during which or date on which exercisable

    19 NOVEMBER 2004 TO 19 NOVEMBER 2011

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

    NIL

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

    ORDINARY 62.5P          173,159

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

    256.7p

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

    569,621 & 5,253*
              *SAYE OPTIONS

23) Any additional information



24) Name of contact and telephone number for queries

    ANDREW NORMAN            020 7287 6881

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

    Date of Notification        21/11/2001                         


                                                                                
                                                                                

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