There’s been plenty of positive British news again this week (29th November – 5th December 2021).

British lamb will soon be back on American menus, investment is flooding onto UK shores, our amazing British engineers are winning awards for global innovation and British businesses are starting to reap the benefits of our free trade deals… another one of which came into effect this week with Norway.

Of course you might not hear about many of these good news items on the BBC or most other news outlets, but remember positive things are happening across the country.

Keep checking in with the Conservative Post to see these positive stories every day… the resurgence of British manufacturing, how our military is flying the flag across the world, positive policy making, our wonderful royals and many other things to be proud of.

Here are our ten best read news stories from the last seven days. Please keep sharing the good news!

10. US market to open doors to British lamb from 2022

Exports of British lamb to the US market can resume from next year after more than two decades of restrictions. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) this week confirmed it has amended the rule which currently prevents imports of lamb from the UK into the USA. The amended “small ruminant rule” will come into force on 3 January 2022. This exciting new development means that over 300 million US consumers will soon be able to enjoy the UK’s world renowned lamb. It is estimated that this market will be worth £37 million in the first five years of trade… click here

9. UK helps broker groundbreaking WTO agreement set to cut cost of global services trade by £113 billion

The UK’s world-leading services sector is set to benefit from a landmark deal announced at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) this week that could cut trade costs by £113 billion per year. The UK has been a strong and vocal participant throughout negotiations since they were launched at the 11th Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires in 2017, particularly after formally taking up our independent seat at the WTO last year. As the world’s second-largest services exporter, the UK is among the countries positioned to benefit the most from its terms… click here

8. Police dogs to be better protected after being given their own stab-proof vests

Four-legged crime fighters will be better-protected in the line of duty after West Mercia Police introduced stab-proof vests for them. Police dogs are instrumental in the fight against crime by aiding officers sniffing out people, drugs, cash and firearms and by detaining suspects and protecting officers. West Mercia Police is one of the first forces in the UK to introduce body armour for its canines to defend against knives, spikes and blunt objects. The custom made vests, which protect the K9’s chest and vital organs also include a lining first used in space suits and help keeps the dog cool… click here

7. Giant British wind tower manufacturing factory to be built in Port of Nigg

Global Energy Group has today announced that it has agreed terms with leading offshore wind tower manufacturing specialist, Haizea Wind Group, to build a £110m-plus state-of-the-art offshore wind tubular rolling facility at Port of Nigg, located in the Scottish Highlands. Nigg Offshore Wind (NOW) will be a giant, 450-meter-long, 38,000 m2 factory, capable of rolling steel plate to supply towers which will weigh in excess of 1,000 tonnes each and other products, to the booming UK offshore fixed and floating wind industry in the UK and abroad… click here

6. UK and Belgium sign Joint Declaration on Bilateral Cooperation

Prime Minister Boris Johnson met Prime Minister Alexander De Croo of Belgium in a virtual meeting to sign a UK-Belgium Joint Declaration on Bilateral Cooperation this week. The agreement, the first of its kind between the two countries, will enhance cooperation in crucial areas like trade, green technology, security, health and tackling illegal migration. The Prime Minister welcomed the work that has already taken place between the UK and Belgium to keep supply chains open as we roll out vaccines to fight the coronavirus pandemic… click here

5. Japanese conglomerate confirms £400 million investment in UK factory creating 350 jobs

Japanese owner makes single biggest investment in UK pharmaceutical manufacturing in decades. FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, a world leading contract development and manufacturing organisation for biologics, viral vaccines and viral vectors, has confirmed a £400 million planned investment package at its UK facility in Teesside. This investment package more than doubles the site’s existing development and manufacturing footprint, creating the largest multi-modal biopharmaceutical manufacturing site in the UK and is expected to create up to 350 highly-skilled jobs… click here

4. Hat-trick for ‘amazing British engineers’ as JCB hydrogen engine wins top award

JCB’s super-efficient hydrogen engine has won one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in British automotive engineering honouring technical achievement. At a ceremony in London, JCB Chairman Lord Bamford was presented with the Royal Automobile Club’s Dewar Trophy for the company’s development of a hydrogen fuel motor. It is the third time that JCB’s innovations have been honoured with the Dewar Trophy…. click here

3. UK-Norway trade deal comes into effect

Food producers, services companies and exporters to Norway will enjoy a pre-Christmas boost as new UK-Norway trading arrangements come into effect this week. It follows a joint deal signed in July with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and will bring the UK and Norway closer than ever before, creating a new services and investment relationship with lower tariffs and exclusive duty-free quotas for UK exporters. Cutting-edge digital provisions mean British firms exporting to Norway can now benefit from a limit on unnecessary paperwork…. click here

2. Government cracking down on highly disruptive protest tactics

Crucial new powers to prevent the significant disruption caused by protesters determined to lock or glue themselves onto structures were brought back to Parliament this week. An amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is being re-tabled to give police the power to stop and search people in order to seize items intended to cause serious disruption by ‘locking-on’ – where there is reasonable suspicion. This could include equipment such as chains, glue and bamboo scaffolding structures… click here

1. Boris hosts best of British festive food and drink market at Downing Street

Downing Street transformed into a festive food and drink market to showcase Britain’s biggest exports. Earlier this month, the government launched an Export Strategy which will help businesses across the UK double exports and sell their world-class products around the globe. The 12-point export strategy will give businesses the tools they need to become a nation of exporters and reap the benefits of our free trade deals… click here

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