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ba's London Eye could be one of its biggest money spinners, generating an expected £40 million next year if the 15,000 tickets daily are sold. Parties of 90 people can book six capsules on the Wheel for £18,000.

The proportion of lottery grants for less than £100,000 has increased from 9 per cent to 17 per cent, said the dcms. Almost 13,500 small grants worth £205 million were awarded in the last 15 months.

Demand for central London office space has risen at a lower rate than earlier in the year, with cb Hillier Parker reporting a need for 1.2 million m2 of space in the city centre at the end of September. This is an increase of 2 per cent over the quarter.

The number of people linked up to the Internet in British homes has doubled to almost five million in 10 months. Another 14 million use the net at work or education, said data firm Continental Research.

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