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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                                                                                            specify):                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Full name of person(s) subject to the             Aviva plc & its  subsidiaries                          notification obligation:                                                                                                                                                                                                 4. Full name of shareholder(s)             Registered Holder:                                            (if different from 3.):                                                                                                                                   BNY (Nominees) Limited 3,205,792*                                                                                                                                                                                     BNY Norwich Union Nominees Limited  47,127,072*                                                                                                                                                                          Chase (GA Group) Nominees Limited  406,432,193*                                                                                                                                                                            Vidacos Nominees Limited 3,000,000*                                                                                                                                                                                     *denotes direct interest                                                                                                                                                                                                Chase Nominees Limited 15,123,972                                                                                                                                          5. Date of the transaction and date on                       01 May 2014                                 which the threshold is crossed or                                                                        reached:                                                                                                                                                                                                                 6. Date on which issuer notified:                            02 May 2014                                                                                                                                                 7. Threshold(s) that is/are crossed or        17% to 16% Change at Direct  Interest Level                   reached:                                                                                                                                                                                                                 8. Notified details:                                                                                                                                                                                                     A: Voting rights attached to shares                                                                                                                                                                                      Class/type   Situation previous       Resulting situation after the triggering  transaction                 of           to the triggering                                                                           shares       transaction                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             if possible  Number       Number      Number         Number of voting            % of voting rights         using        of           of          of shares      rights                                              the ISIN     Shares       Voting                                                                         CODE                      Rights                                                                                                              Direct         Direct         Indirect    Direct     Indirect                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ordinary   276,554,936  276,554,936 474,889,029    459,765,057     15,123,972  16.86%      0.56%           shares                                                                                                                                                                                                                GB0004195219                                                                                                                                                                                                             B: Qualifying Financial Instruments                                                                                                                                                                                      Resulting situation after the triggering transaction                                                                                                                                                                     Type of financial    Expiration Exercise/                      Number of voting         % of voting        instrument                    Conversion Period              rights that may be             rights                                  date                                    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                                                                                                                              474,889,029                                    17.42%                                                     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 2,726,637,393, as per                                          the Company's Total Voting Rights                                               Announcement of 2 January 2014.                                                                                        14. Contact name:                      N Tilley                                                                                                              15. Contact telephone number:          01225 321207                              END 
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