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Wednesday 22 October, 2003

Benchmark Group PLC

Director Shareholding

Benchmark Group PLC
22 October 2003

                         BENCHMARK GROUP PLC 

                              ANNOUNCEMENT

                    CHANGE IN DIRECTORS' INTERESTS


Benchmark Group PLC hereby gives notice that, PKF Trustees Limited and Praxis
Trustees Limited, as independent professional trustees of The Benchmark Employee
Trust (the 'Trust) on 21 October 2003 transferred 2,818 and 1,408 ordinary
shares of 62.5 pence each in the Company ('Shares') to Mr N J Kempner and Mr K C
Wong respectively.

Under the rules of the Benchmark Group PLC Co-Investment Plan, participants may
(if offered the opportunity) invest a proportion of their annual bonus to
acquire Shares ('Initial Shares') through the Trust. Subject to satisfying
certain conditions (which have now been satisfied), participants receive
additional free shares ('Matching Shares') following the third anniversary of
the acquisition of the Initial Shares. The Shares transferred by the Trust on 21
October 2003 were Matching Shares transferred to Mr N J Kempner and Mr K C Wong
(at the same time as Shares were transferred to other participants) following
the third anniversary of awards made on 28 September 2000.  

Following the transfers referred to above, Mr N J Kempner and Mr K C Wong are
beneficially interested in 219,547 and 40,776 Shares respectively (representing
0.23% and 0.04% respectively of the Company's issued share capital) and hold
options and awards under the Co-Investment Plan and the Company's other employee
share schemes in respect of 1,141,157 and 877,165 Shares respectively.




                       SCHEDULE 11

     NOTIFICATION OF INTERESTS OF DIRECTORS AND CONNECTED 
                        PERSONS


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

2,818

8)  Percentage of issued Class

0.003

9)  Number of shares/amount
    of stock disposed



10) Percentage of issued Class



11) Class of security

ORDINARY 62.5p

12) Price per share

207p

13) Date of transaction

21/10/03


14) Date company informed

21/10/03

15) Total holding following this notification

219,547

16) Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

0.23

     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 7659 0500


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

    Date of Notification      21/10/2003
                           



                       SCHEDULE 11

     NOTIFICATION OF INTERESTS OF DIRECTORS AND CONNECTED 
                        PERSONS


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

1,408

8)  Percentage of issued Class

0.001

9)  Number of shares/amount
    of stock disposed



10) Percentage of issued Class



11) Class of security

ORDINARY 62.5p

12) Price per share

207p

13) Date of transaction

21/10/03


14) Date company informed

21/10/03

15) Total holding following this notification

40,776

16) Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

0.04

     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 7659 0500


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

    Date of Notification      21/10/2003
                           



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