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Wednesday 07 June, 2000

John Mansfield Group

Chairman's AGM Statement

John Mansfield Group PLC
7 June 2000


                 John Mansfield Group PLC ('John Mansfield')
                                      
                           Annual General Meeting

John Mansfield announces that all resolutions put to shareholders at today's
AGM  were passed.  At the AGM, Stuart Wallis, non-executive Chairman of John
Mansfield said:

'As  I  stated  in the Annual Report, we have set in motion  an  acquisition
programme  which  will materially change the focus and  prospects  for  John
Mansfield.  In February this year, our offer for Waddington plc was declared
unconditional and we began a strategic review of the Waddington  operations.
This  review  was substantially completed by 4 April 2000 when we  announced
that  the successful specialist printing operations would form the  core  of
our  new  business activities.  We also announced on that date that  we  had
entered  into  an agreement to acquire the printing division  of  Rexam  PLC
('RPD').    RPD   is   one  of  the  leading  companies  in   printing   and
personalisation for the financial services and direct mail industries.  This
acquisition was successfully completed on 28 April 2000.

The integration of the Waddington Specialist Printing and RPD businesses  is
progressing well and a new divisional structure has been put in place.   Our
focus on the core information management and communications businesses  will
be  managed  through  four  divisions: e-communications,  direct  marketing,
security products and document services.  I am delighted to inform you  that
we  have recently won a prestigious 5 year contract with Lloyds TSB for  the
provision  of all their cheques and credits.  This contract win demonstrates
the  group's strengthened position in relation to major blue chip  companies
and  our ability to benefit from the expanded product range provided by  our
recent acquisitions.

We  previously indicated that we intended to adopt a new name  which  better
reflected  our  position  as  an information management  and  communications
company.  I am delighted to announce that we have decided to change the name
of  the  company to communisis plc.  This new name encapsulates our  primary
objective  of  enabling our customers to communicate  with  their  customers
using both present and emerging technologies.

On  4  April  2000 we announced our intention to dispose of  both  the  Food
Services and Pharmaceutical Packaging Divisions of Waddington.  We have made
significant progress with these disposals and are encouraged by the level of
interest  from prospective purchasers, but we are not yet in a  position  to
make an announcement on these deals.

A  smaller  disposal programme to divest other non-core activities  is  also
under  way  with the sale of Cartonmaster to its minority shareholder  being
recently concluded.'

At  the  AGM a resolution was passed to effect a share consolidation  of  25
ordinary  shares of one pence each into one ordinary share of 25 pence.   In
respect of this resolution, the record date will be close of business today,
7 June 2000.

Application  has  been  made to the UK Listing Authority  for  the  ordinary
shares  of  25  pence each to be admitted to the Official List  and  to  the
London Stock Exchange for the shares to be admitted to trading on the London
Stock  Exchange.  It is expected that admission will take place and dealings
will  commence  on  8  June 2000.  Existing share certificates  will  remain
valid.   Cheques  in  respect  of  the proceeds  from  the  sale  of  shares
representing  fractional  entitlements are  expected  to  be  despatched  to
shareholders by 21 June 2000.

Enquiries:

John Mansfield Group
Stuart Wallis, Chairman                     020 7553 1483
David Jones, Chief Executive                020 7553 1483

The Maitland Consultancy
Nick Freer                                  020 7379 5151



                                                                                
            

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