Once again there’s been some brilliant news coming in from across the #UK this week (14th – 20th June 2021).

Britain has secured a new trade deal with Australia meaning iconic British products like cars and ceramics will be cheaper to sell down under boosting UK segments of British industry that employ over 3.5 million people.

Trade Secretary Liz Truss also seems confident a trade agreement with New Zealand will soon be forthcoming after a very positive fifth round of talks. Plus if that isn’t enough in one week for one woman; the unstoppable Truss also struck an historic deal with the USA ensuring retaliatory tariffs remain suspended – a major win for British industries like Scotch whisky.

And the good news doesn’t stop there. The UK, as the world’s biggest offshore wind market is now successfully propelling UK renewable exports across the globe. We’re seeing huge investments land on British shores including £400 million from Nissan who are producing their new Qashqai model in Sunderland. There’s great news for the NHS where Artificial Intelligence is set to revolutionise healthcare and people who commit offences against animals will face fines of up to £5,000 under new legislation. Britain really is leading the way in animal welfare. Plus the brilliant GB News has now launched. Positivity is spreading across the nation.

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. UKEF boosts renewable exports as UK becomes world’s biggest offshore wind market

UK Export Finance (UKEF) has this week signed a memorandum of understanding with ORE Catapult that will help bring global trading opportunities to UK suppliers and propel UK renewables exports. The UK is the world’s biggest offshore wind market with 10.4GW of total installed capacity, and the UK government is helping UK companies export the country’s expertise to new, emerging markets… click here

9. £36 million boost for AI technologies to revolutionise NHS care

Thirty-eight new pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) projects announced to help revolutionise care and accelerate diagnosis. Thousands of patients and NHS staff will benefit from dozens of new pioneering projects awarded a share of £36 million to test state-of-the-art AI technology. The projects will help the NHS to transform the quality of care and the speed of diagnoses for conditions such as lung cancer… click here

8. Nissan’s new crossover vehicle enters production at UK plant following £400m investment

Following a £400m investment, the latest version of Nissan’s segment-defining crossover is now rolling off its Sunderland plant’s production Line One, as the plant celebrates 35 years of manufacturing in the UK. Qashqai represents one in five of all cars built in Britain since its launch 14 years ago, and to celebrate the new generation model, Nissan is offering every schoolchild in North East England the opportunity to take part in a Nissan Skills Foundation event… click here

7. UK secures markets access to Japan for exports of poultry meat

UK poultry can now be served on Japanese tables with industry estimates predicting this will boost the industry by up to £65 million over five years. The UK has secured market access to Japan for imports of UK poultry meat – opening up new opportunities for UK farmers, producers and exporters in the world’s third largest economy. The agreement is estimated to be worth up to £13 million per year by the industry… click here

6. Trade deal between UK and New Zealand moves closer to agreement

UK International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and New Zealand Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor concluded a day of detailed trade talks in London this week. Minister O’Connor’s visit concludes the fifth round of  talks, in which strong progress was made in agreeing key issues across the deal including reaching consensus on disputes, transparency and gender equality in trade. Both countries have agreed to accelerate negotiations to finalise the details of the deal… click here

5. £36 million contract for new MOD Police Patrol Boats

A £36 million contract has been awarded to Marine Specialised Technology to deliver 18 new police patrol crafts for the Ministry of Defence and Gibraltar Defence Police (GDP) Forces. To be used around Royal Naval bases in the UK and British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, the five-year contract will deliver 16 patrol craft to the MOD Police and two craft to the GDP, replacing those currently in use. Based in Liverpool and on the River Mersey, the contract will sustain 50 jobs and create a further 15 across the north west of England… click here

4. Fines of up to £5,000 for animal offences proposed under new Penalty Notices Bill

Individuals who commit offences against animals will face fines of up to £5,000 under new legislation introduced to Parliament this week. The fines will be introduced to ensure that offenders face tougher penalties for crimes in addition to the existing maximum five year prison sentence for the most serious offences. The Animals (Penalty Notices) Bill, will create a system of a financial penalties of up to £5,000 for animal health and welfare offences. The penalties, which could include on-the-spot fines, can be issued to individuals who have cruelly mistreated pets, zoo animals and livestock… click here

3. UK secures historic deal on US tariff dispute

The International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has today struck an historic deal with the US on the Airbus-Boeing dispute in a major win for industries like Scotch whisky. The deal will ensure retaliatory tariffs which affected UK exports to the US worth £550m remain suspended. After talks with US Trade Representative Katherine Tai at the Department for International Trade’s headquarters in central London, both sides have agreed to suspend retaliatory tariffs for five years and cooperate more closely on tackling unfair trade practices by non-market economies… click here

2. Royal Navy’s newest offshore patrol vessel HMS Spey ready for action

The Royal Navy’s newest Offshore Patrol Vessel HMS Spey was commissioned into the Fleet this week during a ceremony alongside the Ross-shire town of Invergordon. Built on the River Clyde by BAE Systems, the ship is the fifth and final of the second- generation of River-class vessels built for the Royal Navy. Leaving the Clyde shipyard in October last year, HMS Spey has been undergoing a rigorous programme of operational sea training to ready her for action… click here

1. UK and Australia announce new trade deal

A trade deal between the UK and Australia has been agreed between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The new Free Trade Agreement means iconic British products like cars, Scotch whisky, biscuits and ceramics will be cheaper to sell into Australia, boosting UK industries that employ 3.5 million people across the country. The UK-Australia trade relationship was worth £13.9 billion last year and is set to grow under the deal, creating opportunities for businesses and producers in every part of the UK… click here

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