Once again there’s been a lot of positive news coming in from across the #UK this week (21st – 27th June 2021).
Britain has launched negotiations with 11 countries belonging to a £9 trillion free trade area in a landmark moment for the UK as an independent trading nation. We’re also seeing huge investment flood onto UK shores creating jobs across the country and Boris Johnson has unveiled plans to restore Britain as a global science superpower.
We would like to wish our new Health Secretary Sajid Javid all the very best in his new role. But we’d also like to thank Matt Hancock for his service to date on rolling out the most successful vaccination program in British history and formulating the NHS Long Term Plan – a major milestone in the history of the NHS. Under his watch we also have record numbers of doctors and nurses, and plans to build more than 40 new hospitals by 2030.
We also celebrated our Armed Forces this week with spectacular events happening all over the country. To all the men and women who serve to defend our country – we thank and we salute you.
Here are our best read news stories from the last seven days. Please share with your friends and keep spreading the positive news. #TheGoodNewsThisWeek
Foreign investment created 55,319 new jobs across the country last year, according to new figures published this week by the Department for International Trade (DIT). Of the total new jobs, nearly 48,000 were created thanks to Government support, where DIT has worked directly with the investing companies and provided services to ease their entry into the UK. Despite the economic global slowdown due to the pandemic, the UK remains one of the most attractive places in the world to invest in with 1,538 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in the 2020/2021 financial year… click here
Icebreaker HMS Protector sailed closer to the North Pole than any other Royal Navy ship in history on her first patrol of the Arctic. The survey and research ship crunched her way through polar ice to within 1,050 kilometres of the top of the world as she gathered data about the ocean and environment. Only submarines – such as HMS Trenchant which punched through the ice at the Pole in 2018 – can travel further north than the position the Plymouth-based survey ship reached: 80°41.5 North in the Greenland Sea… click here
Three UK-built satellites are set to launch on a SpaceX rocket, showcasing the UK’s strengths in new technology. Monitoring and tackling climate change and tracking endangered wildlife are among the exciting features of three UK-built satellites set to launch on the SpaceX rocket. UK companies have received nearly £15 million from the UK Space Agency, through the European Space Agency’s Pioneer Partnership Programme, to develop the trio of satellites due to lift off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida… click here
UK Export Finance (UKEF) provided £12.3 billion in support for UK exports from 2020-2021, almost treble the amount provided in the previous financial year, according to its new annual results published this week. UKEF’s financial backing and rapid response during the pandemic is estimated to have supported up to 107,000 UK jobs and helped to keep UK businesses and key industries afloat. A Temporary Covid Risk Framework was introduced last April, which gave the department additional capacity to back businesses affected by COVID-19… click here
Britain has this week launched negotiations with 11 countries belonging to a £9 trillion free trade area in a landmark moment for the UK as an independent trading nation. The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is home to 500 million people and includes some of the world’s biggest current and future economies across Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Joining would give our exporters and services firms better access to these dynamic markets, with almost two-thirds of the world’s middle classes expected to be in Asia by 2030… click here
The Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, arrived in Hanoi this week for a three-day visit with high-level meetings in Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore focussing on trade, defence and security. This comes as the UK formally launches accession negotiations with CPTPP nations this week, helping Britain further engage with some of the world’s biggest economies. CPTPP members currently have a combined GDP of £9 trillion, a value which is expected to grow rapidly in the next few years… click here
The Alan Turing £50 banknote has started to enter circulation, coinciding with the Bletchley Park codebreaker’s birthday. The new polymer Bank of England note will become available in bank branches and at ATMs in the coming days and weeks. Celebrating Mr Turing’s life, the Bank of England was also flying the Progress Pride flag above its building in London’s Threadneedle Street this week. Often considered to be the father of computer science, Mr Turing played a pivotal role in breaking the Enigma code and his legacy has had a lasting impact on the way we live today… click here
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled plans this week to ensure the UK’s world-leading science and ideas turn into solutions for public good, as part of ambitions to become a global science superpower. A new National Science and Technology Council will be established and chaired by the Prime Minister. It will provide strategic direction on the use of science and technology as the tools to tackle great societal challenges, level up across the country and boost prosperity around the world… click here
Sajid Javid has been appointed as Health Secretary after Matt Hancock quit his role having breached social distancing rules. Former Chancellor of the Exchequer and the current MP for Bromsgrove, Sajid Javid will now lead the Covid-19 response. Bringing Mr Javid back into government means that Boris Johnson can avoid a wider shake up of his ministerial team following Mr Hancock’s departure. Mr Javid says he is ‘honoured’ to have been asked to serve as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. He said it was ‘a critical time’ to take up the role… click here
On Armed Forces Day (Saturday) the country showed its gratitude and support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. Armed Forces Day celebrations began on Monday when the Armed Forces Day flag was raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country. Physical and virtual events have been held all week across the country to mark this year’s Armed Forces Day although some traditional events have been affected by COVID-19… click here
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