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Benchmark Group PLC (BMK)

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Wednesday 25 September, 2002

Benchmark Group PLC

Director Shareholding

Benchmark Group PLC
25 September 2002



                             BENCHMARK GROUP PLC
                   GRANT OF SHARE OPTIONS TO DIRECTORS AND 
                       TRANSFER OF SHARES TO DIRECTORS 
                   UNDER THE BENCHMARK CO-INVESTMENT PLAN

Benchmark Group PLC (the 'Company') hereby gives notice of share options granted
on 25 September 2002 to Mr N J Kempner and Mr K C Wong, Directors of the
Company, under the Benchmark Group PLC 2001 Unapproved Executive Share Option
Plan (the 'Option Plan') to acquire 301,807 and 219,923 ordinary shares of 62.5
pence each in the Company respectively at a price of 210.2 pence per share. The
options are exercisable between 25 September 2005 and 25 September 2012.

Additionally, following the third anniversary of awards made on 21 September
1999 under the Benchmark Co-Investment Plan (the 'Co-Investment Plan'), The
Benchmark Employee Trust Company Limited (the 'Trust') has transferred 2,054 and
1,028 Matching shares to Mr N J Kempner and Mr K C Wong respectively. Under the
rules of the Co-Investment Plan, participants may invest a proportion of their
annual bonus to acquire ordinary shares of the Company ('Initial Shares')
through the Trust. Subject to satisfying certain conditions, participants
receive additional free 'Matching' shares which are acquired by the Trust at the
same time as the Initial Shares.

Following the transactions referred to above, Mr Kempner and Mr Wong hold 
options and awards under the Option Plan and the Company's other employee share
schemes in respect of 1,140,692 and 874,311 ordinary shares respectively and are
beneficially interested in 175,729 and 39,368 ordinary shares in the Company
respectively (representing 0.180% and 0.040% 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

    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

    2,054

8)   (0.002%)
    of issued Class



9)  Number of shares/amount
    of stock disposed



10)  ( N/A %)
    of issued Class



11) Class of security

    ORDINARY 62.5p

12) Price per share

    213p

13) Date of transaction

    25/9/02

14) Date company informed

    25/9/02

15) Total holding following this notification

    175,729

16) Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

    0.180

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

17) Date of grant

    25/9/02

18) Period during which or date on which exercisable

    25 SEPTEMBER 2005 TO 25 SEPTEMBER 2012

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

    NIL

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

    ORDINARY 62.5p      301,807

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

    210.2p

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

    1,140,692 + 5,253 SAYE OPTIONS

23) Any additional information



24) Name of contact and telephone number for queries

    ANDREW NORMAN             020 7659 0500

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

    Date of Notification      25/9/2002                           





                       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

    1,028

8)   (0.001%)
    of issued Class



9)  Number of shares/amount
    of stock disposed



10)  ( N/A %)
    of issued Class



11) Class of security

    ORDINARY 62.5p

12) Price per share

    213p

13) Date of transaction

    25/9/02

14) Date company informed

    25/9/02

15) Total holding following this notification

    39,368

16) Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

    0.140

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

17) Date of grant

    25/9/02

18) Period during which or date on which exercisable

    25 SEPTEMBER 2005 TO 25 SEPTEMBER 2012

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

    NIL

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

    ORDINARY 62.5p      219,923

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

    210.2p

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

    874,311 + 5,253 SAYE OPTIONS

23) Any additional information



24) Name of contact and telephone number for queries

    ANDREW NORMAN             020 7659 0500

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

    Date of Notification      25/9/2002                           




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