Hemscott plc launches telephone service for private and corporate investors on 0906 584 5000*

Hemscott plc announces the launch of its groundbreaking product for the professional and private investor - ShareSpeak. Using sophisticated voice
recognition software, ShareSpeak lets callers check the latest real-time
share prices of listed companies by simply dialing 0906 584 5000* and
speaking the name of the company required.

The speech recognition technology recognizes all major English accents and
commonly used abbreviations or nicknames of companies, such as "Marks and
Sparks" for Marks and Spencer plc or "Spurs" for Tottenham Hotspur plc. If
more than one company matches the caller's request, the software offers up
alternatives. These features all add to the speed and user-friendliness of
the ShareSpeak service.

Some share price lines require stock codes to be keyed into the telephone
keypad to allow access. Others require registration, passwords and
membership fees. ShareSpeak dispenses with all of this. It provides the
fastest and easiest way for investors on the move or away from a terminal or
PC to check on the current real-time price of stocks.

Michael Grade, Chairman of Hemscott said: "This service is absolutely ideal
for anyone tracking stocks and shares on the move, as well as for any time a
terminal or PC is unavailable. With current market fluctuations capable of
taking investors by surprise, it has never been more important for them to
keep in touch with share prices."

"ShareSpeak fulfills that need and Hemscott is very proud to be able to
offer such a ground-breaking service to the investment community"

ShareSpeak delivers the current status of the FTSE and real-time prices from
the London Stock Exchange for all UK-registered LSE primary stocks. The
speech recognition technology has been developed by market-leaders in the
field - The Speech Recognition Company Ltd. (SRC). ShareSpeak can be
accessed by dialing 0906 584 5000* and, when prompted, speaking out the name
of a UK registered, LSE listed stock.

*Calls are charged at 60 pence per minute from BT landlines. Calls charged
by other operators and from mobiles may cost more

Contact: Rosalyn Wilton, CEO, Hemscott plc.
Telephone: 020 7496 0055

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