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Friday 25 July, 2003

Simon Group PLC

Change of Interest

Simon Group PLC
25 July 2003
                                                                    25 July 2003


                        Simon Group plc ('the Company')

                   Ordinary Shares of 25p each ('the Shares')

                       Notification of Change of Interest


The Company has today received the following notification from North Atlantic
Smaller Companies Investment Trust PLC:-

'Pursuant to section 198 of the Companies Act 1985 (the 'Act') we hereby notify
you that North Atlantic Smaller Companies Investment Trust PLC, Ground Floor,
Ryder Court, 14 Ryder Street, London SW1Y 6QB ('NASCIT') is a party to an
agreement to which section 204 of the Act applies (the 'Agreement'). The other
parties to this Agreement are:-

J O Hambro Capital Management Limited ('JOHCM'), Ground Floor, Ryder Court, 14
Ryder Street, London SW1Y 6QB and

Oryx International Growth Fund Limited ('ORYX'), PO Box 208, Bermuda House, St
Julian's Avenue, St Peter Port, Guernsey, CI

As at 25th July 2003, NASCIT was interested for the purposes of the Act in
6,000,000 shares in the relevant share capital, as defined in section 198(2) of
the Act, of Simon Group plc (the 'Relevant Shares'), which represents 3.78% of
that Class of capital based on an issued share capital of 158,888,608 ordinary
shares.

16,207,000 of the Relevant Shares are shares in which NASCIT will be interested
by virtue of sections 204 and 205 of the Act.

The Relevant Shares are held or will be held in the following registered names:

Bank of New York Nominees Limited                                    6,170,000
HSBC Global Custody London Limited                                     675,000
Goldman Sachs International TNA                                      2,700,000
Goldman Sachs International THO                                      1,700,000
Goldman Sachs International TEU                                        550,000
Goldman Sachs International THT                                      4,362,000
Nutraco Nominees Limited                                                50,000

                                            Total   16,207,000 shares = 10.20%



Enquiries:
Simon Group plc                             Telephone: 01737 372660
Richard Catt, Legal Director



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