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Benchmark Group PLC (BMK)

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Wednesday 19 March, 2003

Benchmark Group PLC

Director Shareholding

Benchmark Group PLC
19 March 2003


                              CHANGE IN DIRECTOR'S INTEREST

Benchmark Group PLC (the 'Company') announces the acquisition by Mr N J Kempner
(the Chief Executive of the Company) on 18 March 2003 of 31,000 ordinary shares 
of 62.5p each in the Company ('ordinary shares') at 125.0p per shares.

Following this acquisition, Mr Kempner beneficially owns 216,729 ordinary shares
(representing 0.22% of the Company's issued share capital).  In addition, Mr
Kempner is interested in a total of 1,145,945 ordinary shares under  various of
the Company's employee share schemes.

                       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

    31,000

8)   (0.03%)
    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

    125.0P

13) Date of transaction

     18/3/03

14) Date company informed

     18/3/03

15) Total holding following this notification

     216,729

16) Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

      0.22

     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

    APL NORMAN   020 7659 0500

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

    Date of Notification      19/3/2003                           



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