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Here are our ten best read UK news stories from the last seven days (22nd – 28th August):

10. Funding for cadets boosted to £43 million pounds over next two years to help build the maritime sector

The future of maritime has been given a massive funding boost by the UK Government this week with an increase in training subsidies for cadets and ratings. Eligible seafarers will now get half of their training paid – providing a real investment in the future of maritime and securing future growth. Previously, the subsidy was 30% but increases to 50% for all new and existing tonnage tax groups and Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) funding. This now means that maritime companies can take advantage of an extra £13m of funding to take on and train up cadets… click here

9. British rocket manufacturer Orbex launches major recruitment drive in final countdown to UK rocket launch

UK-based launch services company Orbex is hiring an additional fifty staff members over the next six months. The new team members will support the company’s final push to prepare for the first vertical rocket launch from UK soil over the coming months. Many of the new roles will support ‘integrated testing’ of the complete rocket at the Orbex LP1 launch platform test facility at Kinloss. The facility allows for full ‘dress rehearsals’ of rocket launches at Kinloss, situated a few miles from the Orbex headquarters in Forres in Moray, Scotland… click here

8. Fisheries funding boost for English seafood businesses

Over 500 projects in the catching, processing and aquaculture sectors have been awarded more than £9 million of Government funding to support efforts to sustain and grow England’s seafood industry. The Fisheries and Seafood Scheme was originally launched in 2021 to replace the previous European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. Following the scheme’s initial success, which saw these projects supported across England in 2020 and early 2021 at least £6 million in funding has been secured every year to April 2025, providing long-term investment to the fishing sector… click here

7. Boost for UK economy and rail industry through new Israel partnership

Fresh business opportunities and potential new jobs will be unlocked for the UK’s rail industry thanks to a new partnership signed by the Transport Secretary with Israel this week. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Today’s partnership further ingrains our commitment to a global Britain, helping our world-leading rail industry to extend its expertise to friends overseas, while unlocking fresh business opportunities to boost the UK economy. Following the successful launch of our iconic Elizabeth Line earlier this year, this memorandum is a fantastic opportunity…” click here

6. £16.5 million more funding for research and development in British farming

Artificial Intelligence technology to optimise welfare in animals, agri-robots to help speed up vegetable harvests and automation to increase fruit crop yields are just some of research and development projects to receive funding through the Farming Innovation Programme, it was announced this week. Details of these new innovative projects comes as further support was announced for farmers and growers with novel ideas to help grow food production, encourage sustainable practices and increase productivity… click here

5. New UK-Ukraine transport partnership to rebuild war-torn infrastructure

UK transport infrastructure experts will provide knowledge in airport, runway and port reconstruction. The UK has signed a historic pact with Ukraine that commits to sharing engineering expertise and pledges a new package of support to help rebuild its war damaged infrastructure. Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps this week hosted a virtual meeting with his counterpart at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Oleksandr Kubrakov, in the same week Ukraine marked its Independence Day and six months since Putin’s barbaric and illegal invasion of their country… click here

4. UK agrees two deals with major gulf trading partner Qatar

The UK has enhanced its relationship with our third largest Gulf trading partner, announcing two significant agreements to boost trade and investment. UK trade minister Ranil Jayawardena met Qatar’s Minister of Commerce and Industry in London this week to agree the new partnerships at the third UK-Qatar Joint Economic and Trade Committee. It comes after the launch of negotiations on a free trade agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council in June. An agreement with the GCC is an opportunity to grow an overall trade relationship worth £32.4 billion in 2020, breaking down barriers to trade and supporting jobs across the whole of the UK… click here

3. Barclay announces 50 new surgical hubs to open across England to bust Covid backlogs

Over 50 new surgical hubs will open across the country to help bust the Covid backlogs and offer hundreds of thousands more patients quicker access to vital procedures, the Health Secretary Steve Barclay has announced this week. These hubs will provide at least 100 more operating theatres and over 1,000 beds so people get the surgery they need. They will deliver almost two million extra routine operations to reduce waiting lists over the next three years, backed by £1.5 billion in government funding. This breaks down to over 200,000 extra procedures in 2022-23, over 700,000 extra procedures in 2023-24, and one million extra procedures by 2024-25… click here

2. UK and Albania pledge rapid removal of migrants entering Britain illegally

Both countries will seek to expedite removal of Albanians from next week following growing numbers taking treacherous journey on small boats. Removal of Albanians with no right to be in the UK will be fast-tracked wherever possible, under new plans agreed to tackle the scourge of small boat crossings. Speaking this week, Home Secretary Priti Patel and the Minister for Interior Affairs of Albania, Bledi Çuçi, pledged to intensify joint work to tackle the problem of large numbers of Albanians taking the treacherous journey to the UK across the Channel at the hands of people smugglers… click here

1. ‘You can and will win’ Boris tells Ukraine as he marks Independence Day in Kyiv

The Prime Minister has travelled to Kyiv this week in a show of strength and solidarity with Ukraine as he told President Zelenskyy his country ‘can and will win the war’. As part of the visit, his third to the city since the invasion, the Prime Minister also called on the international community to stay the course in Ukraine, as it continues to valiantly defend its sovereignty six months on from Putin’s brutal and illegal invasion. The Prime Minister also received Ukraine’s highest award that can be bestowed on foreign nationals, ‘The Order of Liberty’, for the UK’s staunch support of Ukraine’s freedom… click here

For last week’s Top Ten Great British news stories (15th – 21st August) click here.

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Main Photo: The Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a joint press conference with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv, Ukraine. Picture by Ukraine Government / No 10 Downing Street

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