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Friday 22 August, 2003

Simon Group PLC

Change of Interest

Simon Group PLC
22 August 2003

22 August 2003

                        Simon Group plc ('the Company')

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

                       Notification of Change of Interest

The Company has today (22nd August 2003) received the following notification
from Oryx International Growth Fund Limited:-

'Pursuant to Section 198 of the Companies Act 1985 (the 'Act') we hereby notify
you that Oryx International Growth Fund Limited ('ORYX'), PO Box 208, Arnold
House, St Julian's Avenue, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands is a party
to an agreement to which section 204 of the Act applies (the 'Agreement'). The
other parties to this Agreement are:-

North Atlantic Smaller Companies Investment Trust PLC ('NASCIT') of Ground
Floor, Ryder Court, 14 Ryder Street, London SW1Y 6QB and

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

As at 21st August 2003, ORYX was interested for the purposes of the Act in
2,188,852 Shares in the relevant share capital, as defined in section 198(2) of
the Act, of Simon Group plc (the 'Relevant Shares'), which represents 1.37% of
that Class of capital based on an issued share capital of 158,888,608 ordinary

21,395,852 of the Relevant Shares are shares in which ORYX 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 names:

Bank of New York Nominees Limited                                    7,170,000
HSBC Global Custody London Limited                                   2,188,852
Goldman Sachs International TNA                                      4,000,000
Goldman Sachs International THO                                      3,000,000
Goldman Sachs International THT                                        625,000
Goldman Sachs International TEU                                      4,362,000
Nutraco Nominees Limited                                                50,000

Total                                                21,395,852 shares = 13.47%


Simon Group plc                             Telephone: 01737 372660
Tim Redburn, Chief Executive

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