It’s not all doom and gloom. Once again there has been oodles of great British news to report this week (14th – 20th February 2022). 

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 good 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:

10. Record levels of investment for UK’s £10.1 billion cyber security sector

Britain’s tech sector continues to break records as new government data shows more than 1,800 cyber security firms generated a total of £10.1 billion in revenue in the most recent financial year, a 14 per cent increase from the previous financial year. New figures from the DCMS Annual Cyber Report reveals the sector contributed around £5.3 billion to the UK economy in 2021. Employment across the industry rose by 13 per cent, with more than 6,000 new jobs created. This brings the total number of people working in cyber in the UK to 52,700… click here

9. First British children now taking life-changing cystic fibrosis treatment on NHS

One of the first children to receive the game-changing cystic fibrosis treatment on the NHS has told how she felt better within hours. Seven-year-old Kate Farrer started taking revolutionary drug Kaftrio last Sunday, and her family say she started to feel an improvement just three hours later. The little girl from London is one of about 1300 in the six to 11 age group who are now able to access Kaftrio after the NHS received the green light to roll out the life-changing drug to younger age groups… click here

8. Ground-breaking deal to establish two new Green Freeports in Scotland

A landmark deal has been agreed between the UK and Scottish governments to collaborate and deliver two Green Freeports in Scotland. The new hubs will support the regeneration of communities across Scotland, will bring jobs and prosperity, and support UK government work to level-up all four corners of the United Kingdom. The Green Freeports will have net-zero targets at the heart as prospective bidders will have to make a pledge to reach Net Zero by 2045… click here

7. UK and Japan to work together on world-leading fighter jet sensor

The UK and Japan have this week signed a Letter of Arrangement (LOA) to jointly conduct cooperative research on a world-leading fighter jet sensor. Minister for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin said: “We are proud to work ever closer with our partners in Japan to ensure both our Armed Forces remain at the forefront of military innovation. This crucial relationship will see us acquire truly advanced technology to protect our nations for decades to come whilst creating significant investment and highly-skilled jobs in the UK and Japan”… click here

6. Boris boosts historic UK-Australia partnership

The United Kingdom and Australia have this week agreed new measures to boost bilateral cooperation and work more closely together in the Indo-Pacific after a leaders conference call last night. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “The UK and Australia are working together to enhance regional security in the Indo-Pacific, drive innovation in science and green technology and boost opportunities for our businesses and citizens. Our nations are forging a new partnership from a historic alliance, fit for the next century and grounded in our shared priorities on security, democracy and free and fair trade”… click here

5. Jacob Rees-Mogg promises to cut red tape and help firms reap benefits of Brexit

As new figures show UK exports at a 22 month high driven by trade to non-EU countries Jacob Rees-Mogg has vowed to help British firms further by cutting red tape to reap the benefits of Brexit. New Brexit Minister, Jacob Rees-Mogg has visited Britain’s biggest container port this week and asked firms struggling with red tape to write to him. Recent figures show annual UK goods imports from outside the EU have surpassed the value of those from within it for the first time since ONS records began in 1997… click here

4. Truss announces UK, Poland and Ukraine ‘to strengthen democracy’ through new partnership

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announced a new “trilateral partnership” with Ukraine and Poland in a speech in Kiev this week. A joint statement issued by the three governments said: “The United Kingdom, Poland and Ukraine enjoy deep historical ties, built on shared values, a shared commitment to peace and security and a shared history of standing together against aggressors who threaten freedom in Europe. We reiterate that each European State is free to choose or change its security arrangements, including treaties of alliance, and no State can consider any part of Europe as its sphere of influence… click here

3. Essar to build UK’s first refinery-based hydrogen furnace in £45 million investment

Essar Oil UK (‘EOUK’), the leading UK-focused downstream energy company, announces plans to install a new £45 million furnace at Stanlow that’s capable of using hydrogen as its fuel source – a UK first. This marks another significant milestone in Essar’s continued commitment to becoming the UK’s first low carbon refinery. It follows the launch of Vertex Hydrogen last month, a new Essar-led joint venture, in which the company will invest £1 billion over the next five years, including the development of new hydrogen production plants at Stanlow, forming a central part of the HyNet North West decarbonisation cluster… click here

2. Trade Secretary secures major trade bloc milestone ahead of Asia visit

The UK has this week reached a major milestone to join what the International Trade Secretary has hailed ‘one of the largest and most exciting free-trading clubs in the world’. Confirmation from the Japanese government, as Chair of the UK’s Accession Working Group on behalf of the CPTPP members, in the early hours of this morning means the UK has moved into the second ‘market access’ phase of negotiations with the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a free trade area worth £8.4 trillion in GDP… click here

1. UK factory serving offshore wind boom to create 2,250 jobs in huge boost for North-East

A maker of parts for wind farms is to build a factory in Teesside that will create more than 2,000 jobs, in a huge boost for the North-East. South Korean SeAH Wind has chosen Teesworks to invest up to £300 million to make steel foundations for offshore wind turbines from a 90-acre site next to the River Tees. The new factory is expected to create 750 direct jobs and over 1,500 more in the supply chain. SeAH say the factory will be fully operational by 2026. The new state-owned UK Infrastructure Bank is also investing £107 million to help create a new quay to serve the offshore wind sector next to the factory plot… click here

For last week’s Top Ten Great British news stories (7th – 13th February) click here.

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