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.
It’s not all doom and gloom. Once again there has been oodles of great British news to report this week (7th – 13th February 2022).
The UK has been confirmed as the fastest growing economy in G7. Britain remains at the centre of European fintech investment with British companies attracting more funding than the rest of EMEA combined. UK construction is at a six month high, jobs are being created and the Government is levelling up the length and breadth of the country. Plus Britain will soon be home to the second largest tv and film studio in the world!
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:
Business activity in the UK construction sector increased for the twelfth consecutive month in January and growth picked up since December, according to the latest PMI® data compiled by IHS Markit and CIPS. The report shows there were also encouraging signs for the near-term outlook as new orders rose at the fastest pace since August 2021 and input buying was the strongest for six months. Optimism was the strongest since May 2021 and largely reflected increasing tender opportunities and expectations of a swift recovery for the UK economy in 2022… click here
Tileyard London is Europe’s largest community of independent artists and businesses, convening 150 creative companies and home to over 250 creative organisations, artists and independent creative industry businesses, including an industry-leading educational and training facility. It is expected that the new site in West Yorkshire will create around 500 new skilled jobs in the area and is benefitting from a £20 million Levelling Up grant provided by central government to support the creative and digital hub which will complete the regeneration plan for Waterfront Wakefield… click here
Prime Video has signed a multimillion pound long-term contract for the exclusive use of new production facilities at Shepperton Studios in a further boost for the UK film and TV industry. The company, which recently said it was moving production of the second season of its highly anticipated Lord Of The Rings series from New Zealand to the UK, has signed a deal for use of nine sound stages, workshops and office accommodation totalling about 450,000 square feet at the Surrey studio. The deal will make it the second biggest studio in the world… click here
Rough sleepers across the country will be supported off the streets and into long-term homes with £174 million funding boost, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has announced this week. The funding, which forms part of the government’s Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme, will create over 2,900 move-on homes between 2021 and 2024 as part of the £433 million programme. All housing provided includes refurbished flats from unlettable homes in disrepair and new build properties, converted hotels and schools… click here
Battery pioneer Britishvolt, the UK’s foremost investor in battery cell technologies and R&D, has entered into an industry-leading battery recycling joint venture with strategic partner Glencore. The joint venture will develop a world-leading ecosystem for battery recycling in the UK. The facility will process all Britishvolt’s valuable battery manufacturing scrap from their Gigafactory in Blyth and is expected to be operational by mid-2023 with the long-term aim of being 100% powered by renewable energy… click here
5. UK’s new £45 million ‘globally significant’ glass centre that will focus on decarbonising glass production
UKRI and BEIS have marked the ground-breaking of the new Glass Futures Centre of Excellence in St Helens, near Liverpool this week. The 165,000 square foot transformational global glass research and innovation facility is expected to complete in January 2023, ready for fit-out. It is being delivered by NSD at Saints Retail Park, a site with links to the historic glass industry for which the town is famed. This dynamic and fast-moving partnership has rapidly turned the Glass Futures concept into a deliverable and contracted scheme in less than two years… click here
4. Prime Minister’s Business Council promises to unlock investment, boost job creation and promote Global Britain
Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosted a Prime Minister’s Business Council this week alongside Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer and leading business figures in 10 Downing Street. The Prime Minister’s Business Council, or Build Back Better Council as it is also known, brings together a broad range of business leaders from across the whole British economy working in partnership with the government to unlock investment, boost job creation, promote Global Britain and level up the whole of the UK… click here
New figures show total UK fintech investment hit a staggering $37.3 billion in 2021, up sevenfold from $5.2 billion in 2020 according to KPMG’s Pulse of Fintech, a bi-annual report on fintech investment trends published this week. The report shows the UK remains at the centre of European fintech investment with British fintechs attracting more funding than their counterparts in the rest of EMEA combined. Five out of the ten largest fintech deals in the EMEA region were completed in the UK… click here
New figures from the Office of National Statistics show the UK economy rebounded with growth of 7.5% last year despite falling back in December due to Omicron restrictions. The Office of National Statistics show the UK having the fastest pace of growth since World War II and being the fastest growing economy in the G7. The 7.5% growth the UK economy recorded in 2021 is the highest of the G7 major economies indicating a strong bounce back from the pandemic despite shrinking 0.2% in December as Omicron restrictions hit the hospitality and retail sectors… click here
Action to accelerate the defining mission of the Prime Minister to level up the country has taken a step forward this week, with the appointment of a new Permanent Secretary and Chief Operating Officer to improve the Number 10 operation. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I promised to make changes to my senior team so that we can get on with better delivering for the British people. That is what we are now doing by bringing in the very best skills and management experience with a clear vision to unite and level up our country.” Click here
For last week’s Top Ten Great British news stories (31st January – 6th February 2022) click here.
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