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HELPHIRE GROUP PLC: Holding(s) in Company


TR-1: NOTIFICATION OF MAJOR INTEREST IN SHARES

1. Identity of the issuer or the underlying HELPHIRE GROUP PLC issuer of existing shares to which voting rights

are attached:

2 Reason for the notification (please tick the appropriate box or boxes):

An acquisition or disposal of voting rights x

An acquisition or disposal of qualifying financial instruments which may result in the acquisition of shares already issued to which voting rights are attached

An acquisition or disposal of instruments with similar economic effect to qualifying financial instruments

An event changing the breakdown of voting rights

Other (please Change to the number of voting rights in issue x specify): following the recent Open Offer, Placing and

Refinancing

3. Full name of person(s) subject to Aviva plc & its subsidiaries the notification obligation:

4. Full name of shareholder(s) Registered Holder: (if different from 3.):


                                         BNY Norwich Union Nominees Limited    
                                                    32,102,702 *               
                                                                               
                                         Chase (GA Group) Nominees Limited     
                                                    194,452,234 *              
                                                                               
                                              * denotes direct interest        

5. Date of the transaction and date 28.03.13 on which the threshold is crossed or reached:

6. Date on which issuer notified: 02.04.13

7. Threshold(s) that is/are crossed 11% to 14% Change at Direct Interest or Level reached:

8. Notified details:


              
                                                                                

A: Voting rights attached to shares


              
                                                                                

Class/type of Situation previous Resulting situation after the triggering transaction shares to the triggering


              
              transaction                                                       
              
                                                                                

if possible Number Number Number Number of voting % of voting rights using of of of shares rights

the ISIN CODE Shares Voting


              
                         Rights         Direct      Direct    Indirect  Direct  
    Indirect  
                                                                                

GB0004195219 38,824,535 38,824,535 226,554,936 226,554,936 Nil 14.51%


      Nil     
                                                                                

B: Qualifying Financial Instruments


              
                                                                                

Resulting situation after the triggering transaction


              
                                                                                

Type of financial Expiration Exercise/ Number of voting % of voting instrument date Conversion Period rights that may be rights


                                                      acquired if the           
              
                                                      instrument is             
              
                                                      exercised/                
              
                                                      converted.                
              
                                                                                

C: Financial Instruments with similar economic effect to Qualifying Financial

Instruments


              
                                                                                

Resulting situation after the triggering transaction


              
                                                                                

Type of Exercise Expiration Exercise/ Number of voting rights % of voting financial price date Conversion instrument refers to rights instrument period


              
                                                                                
              

Nominal Delta

Total (A+B+C)


              
                                                                                
              
         Number of voting rights                    Percentage of voting rights 
              
                                                                                
              

226,554,936

14.51%

9. Chain of controlled undertakings through which the voting rights and/or the financial instruments are effectively held, if applicable:

The voting rights are managed and controlled by Aviva Investors Global Services Limited, with the following chain of controlled undertakings:-

Aviva Investors Global Services Limited:

* Aviva plc (Parent Company)

* Aviva Group Holdings Limited (wholly owned subsidiary of Aviva plc)

* Aviva Investors Holdings Limited (wholly owned subsidiary of Aviva Group

Holdings Limited)

* Aviva Investors Global Services Limited (wholly owned subsidiary of Aviva

Investors Holdings Limited)

Proxy Voting:

10. Name of the proxy holder: See Section 4

11. Number of voting rights proxy holder will N/A cease to hold:

12. Date on which proxy holder will cease to hold N/A voting rights:

13. Additional information:


                                       Figures are based on a revised total    
                                       number of voting rights of              
                                       1,561,636,364, as per the Company's     
                                       Second Admission And Completion Of      
                                       Refinancing Announcement of 27 March    
                                       2013.                                   

14. Contact name: N Tilley

15. Contact telephone number: 01225 321207

END

-0- Apr/02/2013 12:37 GMT

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