Niche Group (The)

The Niche Group (Berlin: NZG.BEnews) plc

(“Niche” or “the Company”)

Board Appointment

The Directors of Niche (AIM: NGP), the investment company with interests in oil and gas exploration and development activities in onshore Turkey, are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Stuart James Thomas as a non-Executive Director of the Company, with immediate effect.

Stuart (aged 51) is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Spring Capital Limited, an investment company specialising in the energy sector, where he has been instrumental in building the business into a profitable enterprise.

He has also held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Spring Seafoods Ltd, a diversified seafood production company. Prior to this appointment, Stuart was an oil and gas research analyst and holds a BSc. in Petroleum Geology from Imperial College, London. He is also an Associate of the Royal School of Mines.

Commenting on the appointment of Stuart, Nigel Little, Chairman of Niche, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Stuart to the Board of the Company. Stuart brings a vast amount of sector experience, combined with extensive industry knowledge. We look forward to his contribution towards the continued growth and performance of the Company”.

The following information, pursuant to AIM Rule 17, Schedule Two, paragraph (g) is disclosed in respect of Mr Stuart J Thomas:

Current Appointments:

Spring Capital Finance Limited

Teshka Aviation LLP

Spring Capital Limited

Previous Appointments:

Spring Villas LLP

Artemis Records Limited (Dissolved)

Thomas Lindh Limited (Dissolved)

Stuart is beneficially interested in a total of 29,851,903 ordinary shares of 1p each (“Ordinary Shares”), representing approximately 4.32 per cent. of the Company’s issued share capital. Of this total, 7,232,857 Ordinary Shares are held personally and 22,619,046 Ordinary Shares are held by Spring Capital Ltd, a company of which Stuart is a director and a majority shareholder.

Save (Milan: SAVE.MInews) as disclosed above, there are no further disclosures in respect of this appointment.


The Niche Group Plc

Nigel Little, Chairman

Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7399 4371

Daniel Stewart mp; Company Plc – Nominated Adviser mp; Joint Broker

Oliver Rigby/David Hart

Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7776 6550

Canaccord Genuity – Joint Broker

Charles Berkeley/Henry Fitzgerald O’Connor

Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7050 6500

M: Communications – PR

Patrick d’Ancona/Ben Simons

Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7920 2340

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