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Monday 11 December, 2006

Universe Grp.

Support contract

Universe Group PLC
11 December 2006

                               Universe Group PLC

                         ('Universe' or the 'Company')

             HTEC three year support contract with Chevron Limited

Universe Group plc announced today that its principal operating company, HTEC
Limited ('HTEC'), has secured a comprehensive three year support contract with
Chevron Limited ('Chevron') for Chip and PIN maintenance, support and asset

The contract covers Chevron's Chip & PIN payment terminal and PIN pad
infrastructure over more than 1000 Texaco branded retail sites across the United
Kingdom including Northern Ireland.

Commenting on the award, Universe Chairman, Ray Mackie said;

 'This is a major win for our HTEC business. With over 1000 sites Chevron's
payment infrastructure is hugely important to them and we are delighted to be
their chosen service partner.

'Approximately one third of all UK petrol stations use HTEC payment technology
so we are a leader in this field. Providing the specialist support services to
complement this position is an excellent growth step for HTEC's expanding
services division.'

Gerald Wooding, Chevron Systems Specialist, Europe Projects and Deployment said;

'We have worked with HTEC for a number of years and are very pleased to extend
our partnership with them.  HTEC and Chevron share common values of working in
partnership to deliver excellent performance, striving for continual improvement
and exceeding our customer's expectations.'

For Further Information:

Universe Group plc                   023 8068 9510
Ray Mackie, Chairman

Charles Stanley Securities           020 7149 6000
Russell Cook

Bishopsgate Communications Ltd       020 7562 3350
Dominic Barretto
Fran Read

                      This information is provided by RNS
            The company news service from the London Stock Exchange