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Wednesday 31 January, 2001

BFS Investments PLC

SAR - Zero Pref Growth Tst

BFS Investments PLC
31 January 2001

                                                       FORM SAR 5


                                   Date of disclosure...25/01/01........

             DISCLOSURE UNDER NOTE 3 OF RULE 5 OF THE RULES GOVERNING
                   SUBSTANTIAL ACQUISITIONS OF SHARES ('SARs')

                 
Date of sale........22/01/01................................................

Sale of.............ZERO PREFERENCE GROWTH TRUST PLC.......(name of company)


(1) Class of voting shares    Number of shares/rights   If rights over shares
    (eg ordinary shares)      over shares sold          sold, as opposed
                                                        to the shares
                                                        themselves, specify
                                                        nature of rights

    ..GROWTH SHARES.....      ...2,800,000....shares    .....................
                              ...N/A..........rights


(2) Resultant total holding   Resultant total holding   Total percentage
    of voting shares (and %   of rights over shares
    of total voting shares    (and % of total voting
    in issue)                 shares in issue)

    .8,980,462.....(29.9%)    ...............(    %)    .............(29.9%)


(3) Party making disclosure.....BFS INVESTMENT PLC (AN INVESTMENT MANAGER)      
      IN RESPECT OF AGGREGATED HOLDINGS OF INVESTMENT TRUSTS AND DISCRETIONARY  
      CLIENTS...............  

(4)  (a)  Name of person selling shares or rights over shares ..BFS ABSOLUTE    
          RETURN TRUST LTD............
          and, if different, beneficial owner............................... 

     (b)  Names of any other persons acting by
          agreement or understanding (see SAR 5)............................


Signed, for and on behalf of the party named in (3) above...................

(Also print name of signatory)......ROBERT WARRICK..........................

Telephone and extension number......01296 399633............................


For full details of the SARs disclosure requirements, see Rules 3 and 5 of the
SARs.  If in doubt, contact the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, 
Tel. No: 020 7382 9026.