What a fantastic week it’s been here in the #UK (28th June – 4th July 2021).
The Three Lions have roared into the Euro semi-final, the UK has been signing landmark deals around the world, foreign investment is flooding back onto British shores and we’re seeing jobs being created right across the country. Britain even has a new tennis star!
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10. EU formally recognises UK’s high data protection standards allowing data to continue flowing freely
Personal data can continue to flow freely between Europe and the UK following agreement by the European Union to adopt ‘data adequacy’ decisions. The UK government welcomes the move, which rightly recognises the country’s high data protection standards. Formal adoption of the decisions under the EU General Data Protection Regulation and Law Enforcement Directive allows personal data to flow freely from the EU and wider European Economic Area to the UK. The decisions mean that UK businesses and organisations can continue to receive personal data from the EU and EEA without having to put additional arrangements in place with European counterparts… click here
JCB has this week started a fresh recruitment drive for 500 new shop floor employees as demand for its machinery continues to soar. The company is setting on the additional agency employees at its 11 plants in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham – on top of the 850 shop floor jobs already created so far in 2021. JCB is also offering an additional 300 agency employees permanent JCB contracts – which will bring the total number of agency shop floor employees given permanent jobs this year to 1,000. The moves follow record demand for JCB’s construction and agricultural products, with most new machines already sold out until next year… click here
A new and upgraded parachute for the UK-built Rosalind Franklin Mars rover has successfully passed a series of high-altitude tests, bringing further exploration of the Red Planet one step closer. Rosalind Franklin has been built with government backing to try to detect life, past or present, on the Red Planet. After several weeks of delays due to bad weather the latest tests to determine the parachutes’ fitness for use in the harsh conditions of Mars saw the descent vehicle dropped from a stratospheric balloon at an altitude of about 29 kilometres above Sweden. The 15 metre-wide first stage main parachute performed flawlessly at supersonic speeds, while the 35 metre-wide second stage parachute experienced one minor damage, but decelerated the mock-up of the landing platform as expected… click here
The UK has signed a Joint Declaration with Germany pledging closer future cooperation on foreign and security policy. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas have signed a Joint Declaration on foreign and security policy cooperation this week. The Joint Declaration sets out shared UK-Germany priorities and ambitions on a range of issues including climate change, China and the Indo-Pacific and shared values. It is the first such bilateral agreement between the UK and Germany on foreign and security policy issues… click here
Genomic sequencing has made a crucial contribution to the fight against the virus by rapidly identifying variants of concern, understanding transmission and slowing their spread. The UK has this week surpassed another important milestone in the fight against COVID-19, with over 600,000 genomically sequenced positive COVID-19 tests. The strength of the UK’s genomics science base and diagnostics sequencing industry has allowed the UK to rapidly identify COVID-19 variants and capture critical data, enabling our scientists to track and stay ahead of mutations in the genome of the virus. It is estimated that the UK contributes around 23% of all COVID-19 sequencing across the world uploaded to GISAID… click here
Nissan this week unveils Nissan EV36Zero, a £1 billion flagship Electric Vehicle Hub creating a world-first EV manufacturing ecosystem in the UK. Centred around the record-breaking plant in Sunderland, Nissan EV36Zero will supercharge the company’s drive to carbon neutrality and establish a new 360-degree solution for zero-emission motoring. The transformational project has been launched with an initial £1bn investment by Nissan and its partners Envision AESC, a global player in world-leading battery technology, and Sunderland City Council. Comprised of three interconnected initiatives, Nissan EV36Zero brings together electric vehicles, renewable energy and battery production, setting a blueprint for the future of the auto industry… click here
On 29 January 1971, the first Royal Air Force Puma helicopters were delivered into service. To commemorate 50 years of service, Puma HC Mk2 XW224 has been given a unique new paint scheme. This week it flew its maiden flight in its new colours. The aircraft scheme is similar to that which the first Puma HC Mk 1 aircraft were painted when they were delivered in 1971 but the engine housing boasts the badges of all the squadrons who have flown the Puma, the tail fin is emblazoned with the union flag and the standard Royal Air Force logo on the cabin door has been replaced with the bespoke Puma 50 logo. The Puma, a medium-lift support helicopter, has flown on combat and humanitarian operations… click here
From sitting exams in maths and economics at school a few months ago to a fairy-tale run at Wimbledon on her main draw debut, British teenager Emma Raducanu is on the road to stellar tennis superstardom. A first-round victory over Vitalia Diatchenko caught the eyes of many, but it was her win in the second-round where fans soon begun to take notice. The world No 338, who is still only 18-years-old, beat Romanian world No 44 Sorana Cirstea on Saturday at Wimbledon with a very impressive 6-3, 7-5 win. The crowd pleasing teenager from London is now through to the second week. Emma becomes just the fourth British teenager to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon in the Open Era… click here
An historic new partnership for financial services between the UK and Singapore, which will help to boost jobs and investment in the UK, has been agreed by the Chancellor this week. The Financial Partnership is a new agreement which will support increased financial services activity between the two countries. The Partnership will facilitate closer cooperation, greater information sharing and opportunities to boost trade and investment. The Government say this is part of their plan to ensure the UK remains a leading global financial centre and marks an important development in the UK’s strategy of pursuing global financial partnerships now that the UK has left the EU… click here
England beat Ukraine 4-0 to cruise into a Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley. England got off to a strong start with Harry Kane latching onto Sterling’s pass to give the Three Lions the lead after just three minutes. Then in the second half Harry Maguire and Harry Kane both headed goals into the back of the Ukrainian net followed by Jordan Henderson who scored his first goal for England. The final result 4-0 and a solid win for England as they head back home to meet Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday for the Euro 2020 Semi-Final… click here
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