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               
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       
                                      36,330,738 *                             
                                                                               
                                      Chase (GA Group) Nominees Limited        
                                      240,224,198 *                            
                                                                               
                                              * denotes direct interest        


                                                                           
5. Date of the transaction and date                   03.04.13                 
on                                                                             
which the threshold is crossed or                                              
reached:                                                                        
                                                                           
6. Date on which issuer notified:                     04.04.13                  
                                                                           
7. Threshold(s) that is/are crossed     14% to 17% 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  226,554,936 226,554,936 276,554,936 276,554,936   Nil      17.71%  


       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                


                                                                                
               
               276,554,936                                     17.71%           
               

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                                  
cease                                                                          
to hold:                                                                        
                                                                           
12. Date on which proxy holder will cease to hold                              
voting rights:                                                                  
                                                                           
13. Additional information:                                                     


                                       Figures are based on a 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                             
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