Britain’s Good News This Week: Top 10 positive news stories from across the UK


There’s been a lot of good business news this week with the FTSE returning to pre-pandemic levels and international firms such as Goldman Sachs expanding its footprint in the UK by opening a new office in Birmingham. The American clothing giant – VF Corporation that owns brands such as Timberland and Vans is also setting up a state of the art fulfilment centre in Leicestershire. Plus there’s great news for Yorkshire with the UK’s newest train factory opening there. On the Covid front, the UK has now moved into the next phase of the vaccination programme as the government hit its target early… Here are our best read positive news stories from across Britain this week (12th – 18th April).

10. Yorkshire company wins £40m Siemens Mobility contract to build the UK’s newest train factory

As part of its commitment to UK jobs and growth and supporting the Government’s levelling up agenda, Siemens Mobility has awarded the £40m contract to build its new rail manufacturing site at Goole to Yorkshire-based GMI Construction Group PLC. Siemens Mobility’s Goole development will create up to 700 direct jobs, with a further 250 roles created during the construction phase and an additional 1,700 indirect supply chain opportunities. It is scheduled to open in 2023… Click Here

9. Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Britannia Royal Naval College

On Thursday Boris Johnson visited Britannia Royal Naval College, the late Prince Philip’s former training college which is where the late Duke of Edinburgh met the Queen for the first time. The Prime Minister highlighted the Duke’s career in the Senior Service as he saw the latest generation of officer cadets put through their paces at the prestigious Naval College in Dartmouth. The Devon establishment has been the starting point for the careers of generations of Royal Navy officers and the future Duke was enrolled there in 1939… Click Here

8. Record seal numbers recorded at Cumbria nature reserve

Using drone technology, Cumbria Wildlife Trust counted 518 seals at the South Walney Nature Reserve in Barrow between September 2020 and March this year. It is a jump of 7.2% on the results published in March 2019 when 483 seals were logged, and up 43.9% from 2018’s number of 360. Drone surveys are carried out fortnightly in the reserve from September to March to monitor the population from year to year… Click Here

7. Britishvolt selects Northumberland for battery gigaplant creating 8000 jobs

Britishvolt, the UK’s foremost investor in battery technologies, has selected a site in the North East of England to build the UK’s first battery gigaplant. The company has acquired exclusive rights to a site in Blyth Northumberland and intends to begin construction this summer. World-class lithium-ion batteries will be in production by the end of 2023. Total investment for Britishvolt’s gigaplant is £2.6bn making it the largest industrial investment in the North East since Nissan’s arrival in 1984 and one of the largest-ever industrial investments in the UK… Click Here

6. Boris sets provisional fishing catch limits for 2021

The Prime Minister has this week set provisional catch limits for UK-EU shared fish stocks for the remainder of 2021, or until an agreement is reached with the EU. The Government say the announcement follows Britain’s commitment to extend provisional catch limits for the rest of the year if agreement on fishing opportunities with the EU had not been reached by 14 April. The EU recently announced their intention to extend their provisional catch limits until 31 July. The UK remains committed to working closely with the EU on the sustainable management of shared stocks and to seeking an agreement on outstanding fisheries issues for 2021. If catch limits are agreed with the EU then these will be updated accordingly… Click Here

5. American-owned footwear and clothing giant opens state-of-the-art fulfilment centre in the UK

VF Corporation – owner of brands such as The North Face®, Timberland® and Vans® has begun operations at its new multimillion pound fulfilment centre in Bardon, Leicestershire, employing approximately 250 people during peak periods. The new 600,000 sq. ft. centre, which is the equivalent of ten football pitches, features state-of-the-art automation capabilities putting it at the forefront of the footwear and apparel industry. It will enable VF to provide more efficient distribution services for its brands’ wholesale, ecommerce and retail customers in the UK – serving almost 90% of the market within a day… Click Here

4. Global investment firm Goldman Sachs to open office in Birmingham

Goldman Sachs has today announced that it intends to expand its footprint in the UK by opening a new office in Birmingham. They say their target is to welcome people to the office in the third quarter of 2021. A statement on their websites says: “An office in Birmingham offers access to a strong and deep new talent pool, excellent academic institutions, a growing technology sector and longstanding leadership in STEM industries. We believe Birmingham offers a number of unique advantages and the city’s proximity to our London office will allow for easy travel between UK offices for our people to stay closely connected with other divisions and clients… Click Here

3. Billionaire James Dyson says Brexit has given the country freedom

Brexiteer and billionaire Sir James Dyson said the UK leaving the European Union has given the country freedom. The interview came as Dyson announced plans to create 200 new jobs at its research facilities in Malmesbury and Hullavington, Wiltshire. Sir James told the BBC on 14 April: “We’ve got our freedom, we can make trade agreements with other countries outside Europe [and] we can employ people from all around the world.” Dyson plans to hire 200 new science and research roles on its Malmesbury and Hullavington Innovation Campuses in the UK… Click Here

2. UK London close: FTSE above 7,000 for first time in 14 months

London stocks finished higher on Friday, with the top-flight index trading above 7,000 for the first time since February 2020 as investors mulled encouraging Chinese growth figures. The FTSE 100 ended the session up 0.52% at 7,019.53, and the FTSE 250 was 0.22% firmer at 22,522.18. Sterling was trading stronger as well, last gaining 0.28% on the dollar to change hands at $1.3826, and advancing 0.21% against the euro to €1.1544. Sentiment was given a boost earlier in the session by both the solid Chinese data, as well as Thursday’s positive retail sales and jobless claims numbers out of the United States… Click Here

1. UK moves into next phase of vaccine roll-out as government target hit early

The UK has moved into the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme as the government hit its target to offer everybody in phase 1 of the vaccination programme a jab. Everybody in cohorts 1 to 9 – those aged 50 and over, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers – has been offered a vaccine, meeting the government’s 15 April target ahead of time. This group accounts for 99% of all COVID-19 deaths during the pandemic, so by offering them the vaccine, we are helping ensure the most vulnerable are protected from the virus. The significant milestone marks the beginning of phase 2 of the vaccination programme and people aged 45 to 49 in England can now book appointments through the NHS booking serviceClick Here

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