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FORM SAR 3 Lodge with a RIS or Newstrack and the Takeover Panel. A copy must also be sent to the company the shares of which are acquired. Date of disclosure 21/10/02 DISCLOSURE UNDER RULE 3 OF THE RULES GOVERNING SUBSTANTIAL ACQUISITIONS OF SHARES ("SARs") Date of acquisition: 18/10/02 Acquisition in: BSS Group PLC (1) Class of voting Number of If rights over shares shares/rights over shares acquired, (e.g. ordinary shares acquired as opposed to the shares) shares themselves, 374,000 shares specify nature of Ordinary Shares of rights 20p N/A rights N/A (2) Resultant total Resultant total Total percentage holding of voting holding of rights shares (and % of over shares (and % 23.28 % total voting shares of total voting in issue) shares in issue) 6,796,944 (23.28%) N/A (0.00 %) (3) Party making disclosure: Aberforth Partners (as Investment Managers) (4) (a) Name of person acquiring shares or rights over shares: A Aberforth Partners (as Investment Managers) and, if different, beneficial owner: N/A (b) Names of any other persons acting by agreement or understanding (see SAR 5): N/A Signed, for and on behalf of the party named in (3) above: N/A - Electronic Submission (Also print name of signatory): Angus McCallum, For Aberforht Partners Telephone and extension number: 0131 220 0733 Note: Under SAR 5, the holdings of and acquisitions by persons acting by agreement or understanding must be aggregated and treated as a holding of or acquisition by one person. Note 3 on SAR 5 requires persons who must aggregate holdings to disclose certain disposals. 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, Monitoring Section, Tel. No: 020 7638 0129. E-mail: ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by Waymaker The following files are available for download: