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Major British investments, huge global contract wins, new factories built, new jobs created, world-leading innovation and export successes are being announced on a daily basis.

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Here are our ten best read UK news stories from the last seven days (18th – 24th July):

10. LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Approval given for world-class film studio in UK creating 4800 jobs

Sunset Waltham Cross Studios will target a potential 2025 opening and will be a global hub for UK and international film and television productions with 21 state of the art film stages. Preliminary site work is expected to start in the second half of 2022 with construction to commence in 2023 and the potential delivery of the project by year-end 2025. The project will significantly benefit the community, and anticipates creating over 4,800 jobs in Broxbourne and the surrounding area and contributing more than £300 million annually to the local economy… click here

9. New aerospace innovation to propel UK to growth and greener skies backed by £273 million

Solar powered aircraft, ultra-efficient wings and medical treatment carrying drones are just some of the technologies backed by £273 million to advance low-carbon aerospace innovation, economic growth and jobs, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng announced at the Farnborough International Airshow this week. 81,000 jobs have been created so far through the Aerospace Technology Institute Programme, with £97 billion of value added to the UK economy to date… click here

8. British manufacturer Johnson Matthey announces new multi-million pound hydrogen gigafactory

British manufacturer Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies, has announced it is building a £80 million gigafactory at its existing site in Royston, to scale up the manufacture of hydrogen fuel cell components. The large investment is expected to secure hundreds of highly skilled UK jobs. Earlier this year, JM announced a refreshed strategy, with an ambition to be the “market leader in performance components for fuel cells and electrolysers”, targeting more than £200 million sales in Hydrogen Technologies by end of 2024/25… click here

7. MADE IN BRITAIN: ‘Car which wants to save the world’ could bring hydrogen car factory and 800 jobs to Scotland

One of the world’s most innovative new cars could be built in the North East of Scotland if the region secures green freeport status, creating over 800 jobs. Riversimple – the inventors of the pioneering Rasa hydrogen vehicle – is in active talks about locating a 150,000sq ft manufacturing plant in Aberdeen. Representatives from the company joined parliamentarians and business leaders at a private business breakfast in the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday – hosted by Banff & Buchan MP David Duguid – as the region takes its Green Freeport campaign to London… click here

6. UK companies set to benefit from new updated UK-Israel trade deal

UK tech firms and services companies are set to benefit from a future UK-Israel trade deal, that will seek to establish a modern, revamped trading relationship between two of the world’s services superpowers. Israel has one of the fastest growing economies in the world and their demand for digital products and services is expected to grow rapidly. The UK’s existing bilateral FTA with Israel contains no specific provisions on services, creating a huge opportunity to enhance the agreement. This includes boosting UK services exports to Israel by up to £78 million, from insurance to computer and technology services, supporting jobs and growing high-tech industries by reducing barriers to trade… click here

5. Government’s commitment to the North East is ‘absolutely rock solid and growing’ says Boris

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Teesside this week to meet Hartlepool‘s Conservative MP Jill Mortimer, to talk about the huge investment being made to the region. The Prime Minister confirmed his Levelling Up pledge will go on during his visit to JDR Cables, which is based in the town and last year announced a £130m new investment in offshore wind production. The British company, which supplies undersea cables to the industry, was given funding through the Government’s Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Support scheme… click here

4. UK’s first magnet refinery given huge financial boost securing strong foothold for Britain

A multi-million pound investment in the UK’s first-ever magnet materials refiner has been launched this week – securing hundreds of jobs in East Yorkshire, and a strong foothold for Britain in the international market. This comes as the government publishes the UK’s first ever ‘Critical Minerals Strategy’ to bolster the resilience of supply chains and seize on the economic opportunities of growing industries, such as electric vehicle manufacturing and offshore wind. Speaking at the official opening of Pensana’s £145 million Saltend site, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng confirmed that the facility will be developed to process the critical minerals used in magnets, a key component for manufacturing electric vehicles… click here

3. Transport Secretary more than trebles investment for rail in the north to over £9 billion

Passengers in the north are set for a major boost as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps more than trebles the investment for TransPennine route upgrades (TRU), slashing journey times, setting the foundations for Northern PowerHouse Rail and reducing carbon emissions by up to 87,000 tonnes per year. The increase in funding, from £2.9 billion to more than £9 billion, is set to strengthen TRU and Northern Powerhouse Rail, transforming an already ambitious project to a ‘gold standard’ and delivering on the government’s priority of Levelling Up the country… click here

2. UK signs second state-level trade agreement with US

The UK this week marked another milestone in its US state level strategy as it signs its second trade and economic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a US state – North Carolina. Like the MoU signed with Indiana in May, the agreement with North Carolina will look to tackle unnecessary barriers to trade, cut costs and slash paperwork so British and North Carolinian businesses can work together more efficiently. North Carolina is the ninth largest state in the US in terms of population and its nearly $550bn GDP is approximately the size of Sweden’s… click here

1. Global Britain to become Galactic Britain with further investment in innovation to enhance UK space capabilities

With a plan to turn global Britain into galactic Britain, another five innovative organisations have won funding to develop technologies that enhance the UK’s ability to safely operate in space. Speaking about the UK space strategy the Prime Minister said: “It’s a plan that will level up the UK by bringing opportunity to every part of it, with satellites being propelled into orbit from as far afield as Cornwall and Sutherland as soon as next year. A plan that will create more jobs by putting rocket boosters the size of a Saturn V’s F1 under British space businesses. And a plan that will see us take a leading role on the international stage, Global Britain becoming Galactic Britain…” click here

For last week’s Top Ten Great British news stories (11th – 17th July) click here.

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By Claire Bullivant


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