Britain’s Good News This Week: Top 10 positive news stories from across the UK

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson stand with leaders of the G7 as they watch the Red Arrows fly past during the G7 Leaders Summit in Carbis Bay. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street

Once again there’s been some great news coming in from across the UK this week (7th – 13th June 2021).

Global Britain is proudly on show as Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed G7 world leaders for crunch talks on a range of issues. The world leaders agreed a landmark global health declaration to quash future pandemics and to turbocharge global green growth. Plus a free trade agreement with Canada is on the cards after Boris and Trudeau agreed it would unlock huge opportunities for both countries and US President Biden signed a new ‘Atlantic Charter’ with Britain cementing our special relationship with the USA.

And the good news doesn’t stop there… twenty-six towns in England heard they will share over £610 million to boost their local economies. There are new powers to crack down on puppy smuggling and increased protections for animals and we’re seeing more foreign investment flood onto British shores.

It’s also been the Queen’s Official Birthday this week. Happy Birthday Your Majesty. Thank you for your duty, dedication and service to our great country.

Here are our best read news stories from the last seven days. Please share with your friends and keep spreading the positive news. Go global Britain! #TheGoodNewsThisWeek

10. Refreshed GREAT Britain campaign launched in 145 countries

This week the UK Government has launched a refreshed GREAT Britain campaign as Britain prepares to take centre stage for the G7 and COP 26 summits this year. The GREAT Britain and Northern Ireland campaign is the UK’s international brand marketing campaign, which works closely with UK businesses, not-for-profit organisations and high-profile figures to promote the best of the UK abroad. It has already brought in over £4.5bn since its initial launch in 2011, by increasing exports from UK food and drink through to British music and film, as well as driving inward foreign direct investment and supporting thousands of jobs… click here

9. Second Animal Welfare Bill to protect pets, livestock and wild animals launched

New powers to crack down on puppy smuggling and increased protections for farm animals will be brought in under new legislation set to be introduced by the Government in Parliament this week. The new Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill will improve welfare standards through a wide range of measures for pets, farmed and kept wild animals, including through a ban on keeping primates as pets. The UK has long history of leading the way on animal welfare and now that we have left the EU, the Government say it is committed to improving Britain’s already world-leading standards by delivering a series of ambitious reforms, outlined in the Action Plan for Animal Welfareclick here

8. New mentor scheme to help UK farmers and food exporters boost British exports

A new mentorship programme to help UK farmers and food producers boost their exports has been launched by the Department for International Trade (DIT) this week. The programme, run in partnership with Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), and the National Farmers Union (NFU), will match experienced exporters with businesses who are looking to export for the first time. There is global demand for British agriculture, food and drink businesses, with the UK exporting £21.7 billion worth of food and drink in 2020. By 2030, two-thirds of the world’s middle classes will be in Asia, creating new export opportunities for British farming… click here

7. German manufacturer of semi-trailers starts trailer production in the UK

Schmitz Cargobull, Europe’s leading manufacturer of semi-trailers, is opening a new factory in Manchester to build customised vehicles. Andreas Schmitz, Chief Executive Officer at Schmitz Cargobull, says: “The UK is a key transport and logistics market and an important semi-trailer and rigid truck market for us. With the new plant we are moving closer to our customers and ensuring that we can address their needs offering the most reliable chassis and a proven local body.” Production at the 7,500 sq m facility in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, is scheduled to start this summer with a capacity of 50 units per week including freepost curtainsiders and box van semi-trailers… click here

6. UK and EU sign agreement on catch levels for 2021

The UK has now concluded annual fisheries negotiations with the EU, providing certainty for the fishing industry on catch limits for the remainder of 2021. The catch limits known as Total Allowable Catches have been set for 70 fish stocks and supersede the previous provisional catch limits for 2021. The agreement provides stability for UK fleets with all Total Allowable Catches remaining in line with the provisional catch limits set earlier this year, apart from eight that have small increases. The annual negotiations for 2021, in which the UK participated as an independent coastal State, follow the signing of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the UK and EU… click here

5. New plan to drive rapid recovery of Britain’s tourism sector

A new rail pass and vouchers for popular tourist attractions are at the heart of a plan to return domestic tourism to pre-pandemic levels by 2022 and international tourism by 2023. A £10 million voucher scheme will be launched by The National Lottery this autumn to encourage trips beyond the peak summer season, with players having the chance to claim vouchers to redeem at tourist attractions across the UK between September 2021 and March 2022. A rail pass for “staycationers” will be launched later this year, helping to make it easier and more sustainable for domestic tourists to get around the country… click here

4. Twenty-six towns to share over £600 million to help communities build back better

Twenty-six towns in England will share over £610 million to boost their local economies, create jobs and help them build back better from the pandemic. These new Towns Deals range from seaside towns like Hastings and Hartlepool to the historic market towns of Bedford and Bishop Auckland. According to the government, the money will help grow local economies while also carving out new opportunities to reshape the look and feel of their areas. It is hoped the deals will help breathe new life into neglected areas or unused buildings by creating vibrant spaces for businesses, community events or much needed new homes… click here

3. Royal Navy delivers 75 tonnes of aid to Caribbean island

The Royal Navy has delivered 75 tonnes of crucial aid to Commonwealth citizens whose lives have been thrown into turmoil by a volcano. Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ship RFA Wave Knight offloaded 139 pallets of emergency assistance in St Vincent – the Caribbean island badly affected by the unexpected and violent eruptions of La Soufrière in April. The intense volcanic activity has forced the evacuation of the northern half of St Vincent – the main island of the Commonwealth nation of St Vincent and the Grenadines – displacing around 14,000 islanders… click here

2. G7 leaders to agree landmark global health declaration

G7 leaders will commit to using all their resources to prevent a global pandemic from ever happening again when they meet in Cornwall. The world’s leading democracies are expected to agree the ‘Carbis Bay Declaration’, an historic statement setting out a series of concrete commitments to prevent any repeat of the human and economic devastation wreaked by coronavirus. Leaders will be joined in their discussions on global health at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall today by their counterparts from South Korea, South Africa, Australia and India, and the Secretary General of the UN alongside other leaders of international organisations – recognising the need to tackle the roots of the coronavirus pandemic on a truly global level… click here

1. Queen’s Birthday Flypast

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team has marked Her Majesty the Queen’s Official Birthday with a rare flypast of Windsor Castle. Trailing signature red, white and blue colours, the Red Arrows provided the finale of a scaled-back ceremony on the castle’s Quadrangle. The event, which is usually held on Horse Guards Parade in London, featured around 270 soldiers from several units of the Footguards as well as a massed band and 70 horses and personnel of the Household Cavalry in a more traditional Trooping of the Colour. It is the first time since the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 the Red Arrows have performed over the Castle… click here

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