We questioned if it would be appropriate to do a Great British News this week, but after much consideration we reasoned nothing made our wonderful Queen Elizabeth happier than good things happening in the country she loved and served for a glorious 70 years.
Plus no-one was a better role model for reliability and consistency so we decided to continue championing Britain’s good news this week in her honour.
It’s certainly been an emotional week. But isn’t tradition so comforting and reassuring? We’re so lucky to have such a wonderful royal family. God bless our beautiful Queen Elizabeth. Thank you for everything. Long live The King!
Here are our ten best read positive news stories from the last seven days (5th – 11th September):
UK start-ups at the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre United Kingdom (ESA BIC UK) have raised over £100 million in equity investment collectively. Part of the world’s largest business incubation programme for space tech start-ups, the ESA BIC UK is managed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) in collaboration with ESA Space Solutions, UK Space Agency and University of Leicester. Since 2011, it has supported more than 100 UK start-ups… click here
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, one of Japan’s ‘Big Four’ law firms has chosen London in which to open its first venture outside of Asia. In a statement, Anderson Mori said its new office in “world leading” London will help it offer advice to European companies operating in Japan, and to Japanese companies operating in the West. The Anderson Mori statement said: “London is one of the world’s leading financial cities and a main hub in Europe for financial companies as well as many other companies”… click here
The government has announced an Energy Price Guarantee for families and businesses while urgently taking action to reform broken energy market. Under new plans, a typical UK household will pay no more than £2,500 a year on their energy bill for the next two years from 1st October, through a new ‘Energy Price Guarantee’ which limits the price suppliers can charge customers for units of gas. This takes account of temporarily removing green levies, worth around £150, from household bills… click here
7. Britain’s top defence firm to launch quartet of satellites into orbit to protect and defend UK interests
British engineering giant BAE Systems is set to launch its first multi-sensor satellite cluster into low Earth orbit in 2024 to deliver high-quality information and intelligence in real time from space to military customers. The programme supports the UK Government’s Defence Space Strategy, published earlier this year, which named Earth observation as a priority area to help protect and defend UK interests, a sovereign capability which Azalea could provide… click here
On Wednesday The Queen approved the following appointments: The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP as Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union. The Rt Hon Dr Thérèse Coffey MP as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Deputy Prime Minister. The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP as Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Rt Hon James Cleverly MP as Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs. The Rt Hon Suella Braverman QC MP as Secretary of State for the Home Department… click here
An iconic British design, Cornishware which has been supporting Britain’s cooks, bakers and tea makers for nearly 100 years will once again be manufactured on British shores. British pottery brand Cornishware is returning all of its manufacturing to the UK from overseas and has invested £300,000 expanding its Shepton Mallet site in Somerset. The revived firm expects to increase output by 15% this year. Cornishwear is manufactured by T.G. Green which was founded by Thomas Goodwin Green back in 1864. One of the company’s most popular lines was always Cornishware, which was first produced in 1924… click here
4. President Zelenskyy thanks Boris for his bravery, principles and standing up to Putin on behalf of Ukraine
President Zelenskyy thanked Boris Johnson on Monday for believing in Ukraine and its people and updated him on the recent progress of his Armed Forces in the south of the country. In a tweet afterwards President Zelenskyy said: “Had a summing up conversation with Boris Johnson in his current capacity. On behalf of all Ukrainian people, I thanked him for his personal bravery, principles and a major contribution to countering RF’s aggression. I look forward to cooperation with a great friend of Ukraine in a new status.” Click here
JCB has created more than 150 new jobs for apprentices and graduates with an £8 million investment in its industry-leading early careers programme. The new recruits started their jobs this week as JCB focuses on training the company’s next generation of manufacturers, engineers, and business specialists. The British company already employs more than 8,000 staff and last year made more than 100,000 machines, a company record, with demand remaining at unprecedented levels across the world… click here
Boris Johnson congratulated Liz Truss on her win against Rishi Sunak to become Britain’s next Prime Minister and urged all Conservatives to get behind her. The long-running battle to be Britain’s next prime minister drew to a close on Monday with the chairman of the 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady announcing Liz Truss as the decisive winner. According to Mr Brady, of the 172,437 Conservative party members 60,399 voted for Rishi Sunak and 81,326 voted for Liz Truss. There was a 82.6% turnout with 654 spoiled ballots… click here
1. ‘God save the King!’ Charles formally proclaimed monarch in first live televised Accession Council
King Charles III has been officially confirmed as the new monarch as senior politicians led by the Prime Minister gathered on Saturday to perform the first televised version of a centuries-old tradition. The proclamation confirming Charles as King was signed by members of the Privy Council including William, the new Prince of Wales, Camilla, the Queen Consort, Lord President of the Council Penny Mordaunt, Prime Minister Liz Truss and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. A chant of ‘God save the King’ erupted in the ancient St James’s Palace ceremony, which was live-streamed for the first time on television… click here
For last week’s Top Ten Great British news stories (29th August – 4th September) click here.
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By Claire Bullivant
Main Photo: Three cheers for His Majesty King Charles the third at the The Principal Proclamation at St. James’s Palace.
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