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Benchmark Group PLC (BMK)


Friday 20 September, 2002

Benchmark Group PLC

Director Shareholding

Benchmark Group PLC
20 September 2002

                      Benchmark Group PLC (the 'Company')


Benchmark Group PLC (the 'Company') hereby gives notice that (i) on 18 September
2002 its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Benchmark Employee Trust Company Limited
(the 'Trustee'), in its capacity as trustee of the Benchmark Group PLC Employee
Benefit Trust, acquired in connection with the Benchmark Group PLC Bonus Bank
Share Plan (the 'Bonus Plan') 160,000 ordinary shares of 62.5p each in the
Company ('ordinary shares') at 213p per share and (ii) on 20 September 2002 the
Trustee acquired in connection with the Bonus Plan 128,466 ordinary shares at
210p per share.

Under the rules of the Bonus Plan a certain percentage (currently 75%) of any
bonus payable to a participant in addition to any target bonus is not paid in
cash but is instead required to be invested in ordinary shares of the Company by
the Trustee. The participant is then granted an option over the number of
ordinary shares acquired by the Trustee with that part of the bonus bank
attributed to the participant. The participant can exercise his option and
receive the shares free of charge two years and one day after the end of the
financial year of the Company in relation to which the invested bonus was
earned. The 288,466 ordinary shares referred to above relate to bonuses in
respect of the financial year ended 30 June 2002 and the options granted over
those shares will therefore ordinarily be exercisable on 1 July 2004.

In addition, 3,287 ordinary shares previously held by the Trustee for the
purposes of the Company's Co-Investment Plan are now held for the purposes of
the Bonus Plan and have been put under option in the same way.

33,107 of the total of 291,753 ordinary shares referred to above have been put
under option to participants solely with a view to being sold following exercise
of an option to discharge any resulting liability for employer's National
Insurance contributions. Out of the remaining 258,646 ordinary shares, Mr N J
Kempner (Chief Executive) has been granted an option over 114,019 ordinary
shares and Mr K C Wong (Managing Director, Finance) has been granted an option
over 79,128 ordinary shares.

All employees and executive directors of the Company, including Mr Kempner and
Mr Wong, are potential beneficiaries under the Trust.

Following the transactions referred to above, Mr Kempner and Mr Wong are
beneficially interested in 173,675 and 38,340 ordinary shares in the Company
respectively (representing 0.178% and 0.039% respectively of the Company's
issued share capital) and hold options and awards under the Bonus Plan and the
Company's other employee share schemes in respect of 842,309 and 656,101
ordinary shares respectively.

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