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.

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 – 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 (15th – 21st August):

10. UK uses post-Brexit powers to cuts tariffs on hundreds of everyday products

The UK is using its post-Brexit powers to launch one of the world’s most generous trading schemes with developing countries this week. The International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has launched the new Developing Countries Trading Scheme which will extend tariff cuts to hundreds of more products exported from developing countries, going further than the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences… click here

9. Shapps announces £130 million to protect bus services across England

Buses across England will benefit from up to £130 million of government support, ensuring services keep running and millions of passengers can continue using affordable transport. The funding package announced this week will cover six months from October 2022 to March 2023, and builds on almost two years’ worth of unprecedented government support to keep bus networks running. The additional funding will help to protect bus services and routes, which are particularly important to people facing pressures due to the rising cost of living… click here

8. Win for Britain as Loop Energy chooses UK as European base for expansion

Canadian-owned hydrogen fuel cell manufacturer Loop Energy will extend its presence in Europe later this month by expanding into the UK. “The UK’s strong pool of manufacturing and design talent will help take Loop to the next level.” Loop Energy’s newest facility will be based in Essex next to a growing group of manufacturers helping decarbonise road transport, including current customer Tevva Motors, the hydrogen and electric truck OEM which is based in Tilbury… click here

7. Sheffield Forgemasters to build new facility as part of £400 million investment programme

Sheffield Forgemasters is marking one year since its historic acquisition by the Ministry of Defence. The company, which provides crucial components for the UK defence programme, has embarked on a recapitalisation programme with up to £400 million to be invested over ten years and key changes already taking place across its 64-acre site. Sheffield Forgemasters is now capable of producing the largest and most technically challenging cast and forged steel components in the world… click here

6. Priti signs landmark deal which will return foreign criminals and immigration offenders to Pakistan

New agreement to remove Pakistani nationals with no legal right to remain in the UK, including criminals, failed asylum seekers and immigration offenders. Home Secretary Priti Patel has signed a major new agreement which will return foreign criminals and immigration offenders from the UK to Pakistan. This is the fifth returns agreement the Home Secretary has signed in 15 months delivering for the British public through the New Plan for Immigration… click here

5. Watches of Switzerland chooses London for new global flagship Rolex store

The Watches of Switzerland Group has this week announced that they will be opening a new 7,200 square foot location in London in 2023. Their new flagship will reflect the importance of the London market and the special relevance of London to the history of Rolex. The new three floor flagship Boutique will be designed by Rolex Geneva in conjunction with the Watches of Switzerland Group and will focus on Client Hospitality and the history of Rolex. The Watches of Switzerland Group has a long history with Rolex with a partnership which goes back over 100 years… click here

4. Planning approval granted to build UK’s first high-voltage, direct current cable factory

XLCC, a new high-voltage, direct current, renewable energy focused business in the UK has received planning permission for a subsea cable manufacturing operations centre in Hunterston, Scotland. Breaking ground in the coming months, the brownfield site will create a new UK industry to support global decarbonisation targets. Once fully operational, the facility will support 900 jobs in the area, with thousands more in the wider supply chain… click here

3. GB News announces major shareholder investment, new talent and programmes

GB News has secured a commitment for a new £60 million capital injection to accelerate its growth, innovation, and investment in British journalism. The commitment comes from existing backers Legatum Ventures Limited and Sir Paul Marshall, who have bought out Discovery Inc. following its merger with WarnerMedia earlier this year. Michael Portillo and Andrew Pierce to get their own shows… click here

2. Brexit bonanza as UK exports reach highest level on record

New data from the HMRC and the Office for National Statistics show the UK’s total exports in the last quarter of the year reached just under £100 billion (£99.8bn), the highest level on record. Gold, silver and gems were among the top UK exports followed by nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery, mechanical appliances, vehicles, pharmaceutical products, electrical machinery, sound recorders, TVs, mineral fuels and oils. The latest HMRC figures also reveal how the EU purchased a record £94 billion worth of goods from the UK in first six months of 2022… click here

1. ‘Just the beginning’ as more foreign criminals and illegal migrants removed from UK

The Home Secretary has sent out an urgent warning this week to dangerous foreign criminals and immigration offenders in the UK that the government will not rest until they are removed and our streets are made safer. The vow comes as new statistics show the Home Office has removed 1,741 foreign national offenders (FNO) from the UK since the start of 2022, including 487 Albanian FNOs. Almost 1,000 Albanians in total (FNOs and immigration offenders) have been returned. The Government say the renewed focus on removals, part of the New Plan for Immigration, is fulfilling their commitment to keep the British public safe and tackle illegal migration… click here

For last week’s Top Ten Great British news stories (8th – 14th August) click here.

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By Claire Bullivant


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