Once again there’s been plenty of positive British news this week (6th – 12th June 2022).

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 good news every day – the resurgence of British manufacturing, how our military is flying the flag across the world, positive policy making, our wonderful royals, our fantastic Prime Minister and many other things to be proud of. 

Here are our ten best read UK news stories from the last seven days (6th – 12th June):

10. Britain launches ambitious drive to deliver UK space launches and cutting-edge defence

A new, ambitious Defence Science & Technology agenda, backed by £2 billion of investment and including an exciting new satellite launch, has been commissioned this week. Aimed at driving forward cutting-edge research and developing new Defence capabilities, the Science & Technology Portfolio outlines a series of ambitious programmes, encouraging industry collaboration and input to meet future Defence needs. Minister for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin, said: “We are investing record amounts across our science and technology portfolio to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of innovation and sustains its strategic advantage over our adversaries”… click here

9. One million checks delivered by NHS state of the art ‘one stop shops’

NHS ‘one stop shops’ have delivered over one million checks and tests since the rollout began, as the biggest catch up programme in health history gathers pace. Over 90 community diagnostic centres (CDCs) are already freeing up hospital capacity by offering MRI, CT and other services closer to patients’ homes, often in the heart of local communities. Tests and checks carried out at these sites are helping staff diagnose a range of conditions including cancer, heart and lung disease quicker to ensure patients get the care they need more quickly… click here

8. Global medical equipment manufacturer to build new £80 million facility near Hull

Historic British medical equipment manufacturer Smith+Nephew, founded in 1856, is set to build a new £80 million production and R&D and manufacturing facility for its Advanced Wound Management franchise on the outskirts of Hull. The company will invest more than £80 million to create a world-class R&D, manufacturing and flexible office environment. The development will also be supported by a grant from UK Government. The new facility is expected to support more than $10 billion of sales in its first ten years of operation… click here 

7. UK Export Finance crowned world’s top export credit agency for sustainable financing

New figures show UK Export Finance (UKEF) was the world’s top export credit agency for sustainable financing in 2021, with over £3.6 billion awarded to clean energy, healthcare and critical infrastructure projects. UKEF moved up from second place in the global rankings and has now provided over £7 billion to sustainable projects since 2019, according to Trade & Export Finance Limited (TXF). Announced in Lisbon this week at TXF’s Global Export Finance Conference, the UK’s export credit agency was also awarded for its leading work in sustainable finance… click here

6. UK at forefront of global conservation efforts as world leading ivory ban takes effect

A near total ban on the import, export and dealing of items containing elephant ivory comes into force this week, putting the UK at the forefront of global conservation efforts. Elephants are commonly targeted for their ivory tusks and the demand for ivory is known to contribute to poaching, driving a decline in elephant populations. The ban will ensure vital protection for the world’s elephants by putting a stop to the UK trade in ivory. The ban covers ivory items of all ages, not only those produced after a certain date, allowing only a narrowly defined set of exemptions… click here

5. Huge boost for Bristol as 10,000 homes and 22,000 jobs to be created thanks to £95 million in government funding

Thousands of new homes and jobs will be created through the regeneration of Bristol Temple Quarter, thanks to £95 million in government funding, Levelling Up Minister Neil O’Brien MP announced this week. Bristol’s biggest ever regeneration project will deliver up to 10,000 homes and 22,000 jobs in a series of new sustainable and inclusive communities at the heart of one of the UK’s most productive and fast-growing city regions. The funding will unlock the first phase of this scheme, with future plans to develop 57 hectares of land across St Philip’s Marsh in phase two… click here

4. ‘Britain is a shield for the democratic world’ as Boris praised by ‘very happy’ President Zelensky for winning vote

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was quick to praise Prime Minister Boris Johnson in an online event this morning for winning last night’s confidence vote. Speaking at a virtual conference hosted by the Financial Times, President Zelensky said the the PM was a “true friend of Ukraine” and said he was “very happy” the Prime Minister won his confidence vote. President Zelensky said: “I am very happy about this. Boris Johnson is a true friend of Ukraine. I regard him as our ally, and Great Britain as a great ally. Boris is supporting us. Boris is very concrete in supporting Ukraine”… click here

3. Made in UK: World’s first commercially viable zero-emission 100% electric foiling workboats

Following a £12 million investment, Belfast’s Artemis Technologies has launched the world’s first commercially viable 100% electric foiling workboat range. The firm is developing a range of green transport solutions which is set to create more than 1,000 jobs. The vessels produce incredible energy savings of up to 90% compared to conventional fossil fuel workboats and fly silently above the water, ensuring an exceptionally comfortable gliding experience no matter the sea conditions and creating minimal wake, making them an ideal solution for traditionally busy waterways… click here

2. British aerospace and defence equipment manufacturer opens new £130 million ‘super site’ in Coventry

British aerospace and defence equipment manufacturer Meggitt has opened a new £130 million ‘super site’ at Ansty Park in Coventry this week – the largest single investment in the firm’s history. The leading international company specialising in high performance components and subsystems for the aerospace, defence and selected energy markets new site brings together a range of Meggitt’s existing operations within a world-class aerospace engineering and technology facility in the Midlands. Ansty Park is one of the biggest investments in UK manufacturing in a decade. The facility provides a base for nearly 1,000 employees and is also regarded as a blueprint for the future… click here

1. London leads Europe and is second only to New York in global financial centres index

London has taken the top spot in Europe and is number 2 in the World in the most recent Global Financial Centres Index Survey (31st Edition). The independent Global Financial Centres Index provides evaluations of future competitiveness and rankings for 119 financial centres around the world based on 150 factors, with quantitative measures from the World Bank, The Economist Intelligence Unit, the OECD and United Nations. It also uses 74,982 assessments from 11,934 respondents. Notably, not one EU city apart from London managed to make it into the top 10 – silencing those who said financial centres from around Europe would easily trump the UK capital… click here

For last week’s Top Ten Great British news stories (30th May – 5th June) click here.

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By Claire Bullivant

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