Once again there’s been oodles of positivity coming in from across the #UK this week (19th – 25th July 2021).
Here are our best read news stories from the last seven days. Please keep sharing and spreading the good news. #TheGoodNewsThisWeek
New plans to boost private sector investment to put the UK at the front of the global innovation race have been set in a new Innovation Strategy launched by Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng this week. The Innovation Strategy is the government’s long-term vision to put innovation at the heart of building back better, as a key pillar in the country’s Plan for Growth. It aims to boost private sector investment in R&D across the whole of the UK, and create the right conditions for all businesses to innovate so they have the confidence to do so… click here
For the first time in a generation, the UK has the freedom to make and implement rules that put British businesses and consumers first – freeing businesses from overbearing bureaucracy and reducing costs for consumers, whilst boosting competition, innovation and growth across the economy. The consultation launched this week marks an initial response to the report by the independent Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform commissioned by the Prime Minister, exploring a number of recommendations on the UK’s regulatory framework… click here
The Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS) is a major opportunity to grow free and fair trade with developing nations. The proposed scheme would apply to 70 qualifying countries currently and include improvements such as lower tariffs and simpler rules of origin requirements for countries exporting to the UK. The scheme will allow countries to diversify their exports and grow their economies, while British households and businesses benefit from lower prices and more choice. The UK currently operates a similar scheme rolled over from the EU, but as an independent trading nation can now take a simpler, more generous, pro-growth approach to trading with developing countries… click here
Thousands more pupils are set to benefit from new, modern, energy efficient school buildings as a further 50 schools are confirmed for the Prime Minister’s ten-year rebuilding programme, to level up opportunities for all. The rebuilds and refurbishments will create modern education environments, providing new facilities from classrooms and science labs, to sports halls and dining rooms. The new school buildings will also be net-zero carbon in operation, helping meet the Government’s net zero target… click here
The government has set out plans to make the UK the best destination in the world for researchers, making sure that it continues to attract the brightest and best from the UK and from overseas, cementing its status as a science superpower. The new R&D People and Culture Strategy published this week builds on all the work already underway to make the UK a truly great place for research and innovation, led by individuals, universities and businesses and funders… click here
The UK’s Carrier Strike Group 2021, led by HMS Queen Elizabeth has met up with the Indian Navy in the Bay of Bengal, for three days of complex maritime interactions. The combined forces equate to ten ships, two submarines, approximately 20 aircraft and almost 4,000 personnel.The maritime partnership exercise between the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy will see the two navies conducting a range of multi-ship, air, sea and sub-surface maritime evolutions, as well as, close quarter manoeuvring… click here
London’s top free tourist attraction, Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, has not taken place since March 2020, and the world-renowned military bands of the Household Division have only been able to perform in private. For the longest period since the second world war, state ceremonial and public duties have been absent from London, due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. Now, celebrating the lifting of lockdown, and the easing of restrictions, the British Army is poised to bring back ceremonial splendour to the heart of the capital, starting with a magnificent public concert on Horse Guards Parade… click here
The Home Secretary and the French Interior Minister have signed an agreement to strengthen joint efforts to tackle illegal immigration. Home Secretary Priti Patel and French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin this week signed an agreement to strengthen UK-France joint cooperation to tackle illegal immigration across the Channel. This follows a rise in dangerous crossings and will see the number of police patrolling French beaches more than double for the second time in a year to prevent illegal migration and stop small boats from departing French beaches… click here
The Knightsbridge based Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment has handed over their 24/7 duties as the Queen’s Life Guard in London and moved to Norfolk for July. It’s the first time the British Army unit has been able to stand down from ceremonial mounted guard duties since the pandemic hit. This break is a very welcome one, not least for the Cavalry horses who were taken to the north Norfolk coast to enjoy the surf on Holkham beach… click here
The Home Secretary, Priti Patel’s opening speech for the second reading of the Nationality and Borders Bill in the House of Commons this week: “The British people have had enough of open borders and uncontrolled migration. Enough of a failed asylum system that costs the taxpayer over a billion pounds a year. Enough of dinghies arriving illegally on our shores, directed by organised crime gangs. Enough of people drowning on these dangerous, illegal, and unnecessary journeys. Enough of people being trafficked and sold into modern slavery. Enough of economic migrants pretending to be genuine refugees. Enough of adults pretending to be children to claim asylum. Enough of people trying to gain entry illegally, ahead of those who play by the rules. Enough of foreign criminals – including murderers and rapists – who abuse our laws and then game the system so we can’t remove them…” click here
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