There’s been oodles of positive British news again this week (5th – 12th December 2021).
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.
Trade deals are being signed. Investment is flooding back into Britain. London has once again been declared the best European city for investment. The UK is outperforming France and Germany in key metrics such as the construction PMI and new car registrations. The UK is winning global manufacturing contracts and energy giant Shell is coming home… Plus a huge congratulations to Boris and Carrie this week on the birth of their baby girl, a little sister for Wilfred.
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:
The UK has this week secured an agreement in principle with Singapore for a Digital Economy Agreement (DEA) that will cut costs, slash red tape and pave the way for a new era of trade. It is the first digitally-focused trade agreement ever signed by a European nation. The DEA will take our trading relationship with Singapore – worth £16 billion in 2020 – to the next level by overhauling outdated trade rules that affect both goods and services exporters, making it easier for UK business to target new opportunities in both Singapore and lucrative Asian markets. A third of our exports to Singapore are already digitally delivered, including in finance, advertising and engineering, and this deal will create new opportunities to expand digital trade… click here
Record numbers of students accepted places to study nursing and midwifery in England this year for the second year running, according to the latest data on university admissions published by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The final figures from this year’s admission cycle show there were 30,185 acceptances. This is an increase of 1.5% (445) compared to last year when there were 29,740 acceptances. Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid said:”It is fantastic to see so many people taking the first steps toward rewarding careers in nursing and midwifery, with record numbers accepting places to study for two years running. I have no doubt the efforts of healthcare staff during the pandemic have inspired a new generation, who will help secure the future of our health and care services”… click here
8. OneWeb to transfer satellite production from US to UK in £2.2 billion boost to British space sector
OneWeb plans to spend £2.2bn to move its manufacturing from the US to the UK in a boost to Britain’s space industry.The UK is seen as a global leader in small satellites, with bases in Scotland and the south of England. OneWeb says it plans to have a network of 588 satellites in space by the middle of next year, enough to provide global internet coverage. The UK Government paid $500m to rescue OneWeb from bankruptcy last year, along with the Indian telecoms company Bharti Global. The move from the US will make this one of Britain’s biggest space projects… click here
Research commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s UK Global Screen Fund has shown that UK film and TV play a vital role in influencing positive international opinion of the country and attracting global viewers to visit our world-famous locations and landmarks. Nearly three-quarters (70%) of global audiences recognise “Britishness” as a mark of high-quality, with a third (30%) of adults saying that British film and television influences their view of the UK which is a testament to the sector’s ability to showcase British talent with international success… click here
Rishi Sunak toured the Locomotion tourist attraction in Shildon – the world’s first railway town – to see where £20 million of government investment will fund a second building to house its collection. The area will also benefit from a 18km walking and cycling route alongside the railway, further connecting rural communities to jobs and education in Bishop Auckland and Newton Aycliffe. This is one of the five projects in the North East of England to receive a share of £100 million from the £1.7 billion first round of the Levelling Up Fund, as announced by the Chancellor in October’s Budget. Following his visit, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: “We are absolutely committed to levelling up opportunities across the whole of the UK so people have good jobs and greater opportunities”… click here
Passengers could one day fly to the other side of the world with zero carbon emissions and just one refuelling stop, thanks to government-funded technology being unveiled this week. The FlyZero project, led by the ATI and funded by the government, has developed a concept for a midsize aircraft powered by liquid hydrogen. It is capable of flying 279 passengers halfway around the world without a stop or anywhere in the world with just one stop to refuel. This means that a zero carbon, non-stop flight could be operated between London and San Francisco, or that passengers could fly around the world from London to Auckland, New Zealand with just one stop, at the same speed and comfort as today’s aircraft… click here
A leading independent economist has revealed the UK is outperforming Germany and France under various key metrics such as the construction PMI and new car registrations. Independent economist Julian Jessop took to Twitter to share the news of Britain’s resilience compared to France and Germany. Mr Jessop said: “More good news on the UK economy (and another sector where Brexit Britain is outperforming Germany and France): the construction PMI climbed to 55.5 in November, from 54.6 in October, with supplier delays and price pressures easing…” The leading economist pointed out that other EU countries such as Germany and France were trailing behind. The Index shows in November, France was sitting at 51.6 and Germany at 47.9… click here
Energy giant Shell is coming home as shareholders overwhelmingly back plans to move its headquarters from the Netherlands to Britain. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has called called the move “a clear vote of confidence in the British economy.” Meanwhile the Dutch government has described the move as “an unwelcome surprise.” Since 2005, the Anglo-Dutch energy giant has been registered in the Netherlands for tax purposes having its worldwide headquarters in The Hague. However, the oil giant says it will now simplify into one company based entirely in London, abandoning its dual structure and shifting its tax base to the UK in the process… click here
London has beaten all other European capitals for the top spot as being the most attractive city for fintech investment in Europe. London attracted over €18 billion (£15.4 billion) of fintech VC over the past five years, and is now home to several unicorn fintech companies such as Prodigy Finance, Revolut, LendInvest, SumUp and Landbay. This is the second year running London has topped the European Fintech rankings and London’s €18 billion investment is far in excess of any other European city. Berlin attracted €4.8 billion investment, Stockholm €4.3 billion investment and Paris €2.5 billion investment. The UK also leads the way in Europe with 454 fintech companies and appeared second on a global basis behind only the US… click here
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie have this week announced the birth of a daughter, their second child since he became prime minister. Mrs Johnson gave birth to the baby at a London hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning. A spokeswoman said: “Both mother and daughter are doing very well, The couple would like to thank the brilliant NHS maternity team for all their care and support.” The couple, who married in May this year, also have a son, Wilfred, who was born in April 2020. Click here
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