Once again there’s been oodles of positive British news this week (20th – 26th June 2022).

Of course the BBC and most other news outlets may not be interested in featuring these positive British news stories but we certainly are!

Keep checking in with the Conservative Post to see good news every day about major British investments, global contract wins, new factories built, new jobs created, world-leading innovation, export successes, 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 (20th -26th June):

10. UK remains Europe’s most attractive destination for financial services investment

The UK continues to be Europe’s most attractive location for international investment into financial services, according to Ernst and Young’s latest UK Attractiveness Survey for Financial Services, attracting 63 projects in 2021 – an increase of seven projects from 2020. New investor sentiment data also suggests the UK is expected to continue attracting the highest levels of financial services investment in Europe. In a survey of global investors for EY – conducted between February and April 2022 – the UK came out as the most attractive European country… click here

9. Sport and music education championed with new investment

Children across the country to be supported to find and develop their passions through increased opportunities to study music, learn instruments, and take up sports and activities thanks to a multi-million-pound investment into sports and music education. The announcement made by the government this week builds on the pledge in the School’s White Paper to provide all children with an enriching school curriculum, helping to level up their opportunities as well as their educational outcomes. As part of this, tens of thousands of pupils will be given the chance to learn a musical instrument… click here

8. England’s Northern Powerhouse tech sector wins £45 million investment

After a successful London Tech Week, the UK’s thriving tech sector is celebrating more good news as American tech consultancy firm Credera has announced a £45 million investment in the Northern Powerhouse. £20 million will be invested into Manchester to create 150 graduate roles over three years, for those looking to kickstart their career in tech. Manchester has a proven track record for innovation and development and has a strong reputation of being a great place to work… click here

7. UK launches ambitious trade deal with Gulf nations

Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has launched free trade negotiations this week between the UK and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), made up of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Equivalent to the UK’s seventh largest export market, the GCC bloc’s demand for international products and services is expected to grow rapidly to £800 billion by 2035, a 35% increase – opening huge new opportunities for UK businesses. A free trade deal would also open the door to increased investment from the Gulf, supporting and creating jobs across the country… click here

6. New £390 million glass bottle manufacturing facility for Wales creating more than 1000 jobs

Family owned CiNER Glass UK has been given the green light to build a new £390 million glass container manufacturing facility which uses recycled glass. The project promises to be one of the largest investments in South Wales for decades, bringing thousands of direct and indirect jobs to the local area. The project is set to create around 600 highly skilled jobs on a 21.5ha vacant plot within the Rassau Industrial Estate. The project will also create significant supply chain opportunities, supporting 1,200 indirect jobs in the supply chain… click here

5. UK Supreme Court to be ultimate judicial decision-maker on human rights issues

Freedom of speech and the views of elected lawmakers will be given greater weight in law under a Bill of Rights introduced to Parliament this week. The Bill will make clear that the UK Supreme Court is the ultimate judicial decision-maker on human rights issues and that the case law of the European Court of Human Rights does not always need to be followed by UK courts. The Bill will ensure courts cannot interpret laws in ways that were never intended by Parliament and will empower people to express their views freely… click here

4. Brexit Britain: UK exports to EU reach highest level on record

New figures from the Office of National Statistics show British exports to the EU have reached their highest level on record driven primarily by increases in fuels, British made machinery and transport equipment. The most recent statistics show UK exports to the EU reached £16.4 billion in April 2022, their highest level in current prices since the series began in 1997. The ONS data showed that total exports of goods, with the exception of precious metals, increased by £2.2 billion, or 7.4 percent, in April 2022 compared with the previous month… click here

3. Rolls-Royce is coming home to Manchester with new HQ, 850 jobs and plans to generate clean home-grown energy

Rolls-Royce SMR’s new head office will be located in central Manchester, as part of its continued expansion. Business and Energy Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, said: “I am excited to see Rolls Royce returning to its spiritual home of Manchester to expand oon its vital and innovative work developing small modular reactors, designed and manufactured in Britain. Backed by £210 million government funding last year, Rolls Royce’s small modular reactors have the potential to be a key part of boosting the UK’s nuclear power capacity to 24GW by 2050, as we turbocharge plans to generate more clean, affordable, home-grown power in the UK, for the UK”… click here

2. Boris launches major trade initiatives to capitalise on Commonwealth advantage

The Prime Minister has announced a raft of new trade and investment initiatives to create jobs, growth and shared prosperity across the Commonwealth, in Rwanda this week for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The Commonwealth brings together a third of the world’s population, including some of its fastest-growing economies and cities. Investment is already 27 percent higher between Commonwealth countries and bilateral trading costs are on average a fifth lower due to shared language and legal and economic systems. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “In the year of the Queen’s Jubilee, the UK will introduce new Platinum Partnerships to turbocharge our trade with key Commonwealth countries”… click here

1. 10,000 British jobs supported as BAE Systems wins £500 million order for Spanish fighter jets

Thousands of UK jobs will be supported thanks a mammoth order from Spain for a new fleet of 20 fighter jets, with BAE Systems cashing in £500 million of a £1.5 billion contract.  The announcement by Spain follows an order for 38 new Typhoons for Germany in November 2020. Work is now underway on production of components for these aircraft at BAE Systems’ facilities in Samlesbury and Warton, Lancashire, with engineering teams supporting work on advanced new radar and sensors. The Eurofighter Typhoon is one of the most successful UK defence programmes, bringing export sales worth double the £12 billion invested by the UK Government, with the potential for more to come... click here

For last week’s Top Ten Great British news stories (13th – 19th June) click here.

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