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Benchmark is a pioneering innovation company operating, and consolidating opportunities, in the key growth areas of global food production. It has four established divisions in genetics, advanced nutrition, animal health, and knowledge services.

Through these four divisions, Benchmark seeks to address key challenges facing multi-national food producers, improving animal health, nutrition and production efficiency whilst conserving resources. Its activities include the development, manufacture and commercialisation of animal health vaccines, medicines, biocides and diagnostics with a focus on aquaculture. In addition, the Group specialises in breeding & genetics to drive efficient production, disease management and sustainability within salmon production. The animal nutrition division provides cutting edge nutritional and enriched products, and services to the aquaculture industry.

Alongside these core activities, the Group provides consulting services and scientific and technical information to industry participants across the food chain.

Incorporation and status of the Company

The Company was incorporated and registered in England and Wales under the Companies Act 1985 on 28 November 2000 with registered number 4115910 as a private company limited by shares with the name Benchmark (Endeavour) Limited. On 25 January 2001 the Company changed its name to Benchmark Holdings Limited. On 22 November 2013 the Company re-registered as a public limited company with the name Benchmark Holdings plc.

The principal legislation under which the Company operates and under which the Ordinary Shares will be issued is the Companies Act 2006 and the regulations made thereunder.

The registered office of the Company is at:

Benchmark House
8 Smithy Wood Drive
Sheffield, S35 1QN
United Kingdom

The Company’s main country of operation is the United Kingdom.

We have agreed to report against the UK Corporate Governance Code (the “Code”).

A copy of the Code is available from the website of the Financial Reporting Council (

An overview of the Company’s compliance with the principles of the UK Corporate Governance Code is set out in the Directors’ Report included in the latest annual report and accounts, a copy of which can be found here This information is reviewed annually and was last reviewed on 23 January 2018.

The Company is also subject to the UK City Code on Takeovers and Mergers

Constitutional documents

AIM Securities in issue, and Significant Shareholders (as at 25 April 2018)

The total number of AIM securities in issue is 522,467,577 ordinary shares of 0.1 penny each, none of which are held in treasury.

77.36% of shares are not in public hands.

There are no restrictions on the transfer of Benchmark plc’s AIM securities.

Details of other exchanges or trading platforms

The company is not listed on any other exchanges or trading platforms

Significant Shareholders as notified to the Company

Significant shareholders % of issued share capital
Woodford Investment Management LLP
Invesco Asset Management Ltd
Lansdowne Partners
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc
Harwood Capital3.54

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Most recent Interim report

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