With the nation saying farewell to our glorious Queen Elizabeth tomorrow, we again questioned whether it was appropriate to do a Great British News this week.

However, we reasoned nothing made The Queen happier than good things happening in her kingdom and she would have loved all the incredible support shown to her family from the great British public this week.

As our country takes to the world stage tomorrow and we bury our Queen, we can all be so proud to be British and thankful for having had such a loyal and gracious monarch. God bless our beautiful Queen Elizabeth. Thank you for everything. God Bless The Queen.

Here are our ten best read positive news stories from the last seven days (12th – 18th September):

10. Britain leads Europe in digital banking as UK soaks up fintech inflows

The UK continues to be Europe’s most attractive location for international investment into financial services, with the UK’s fintech sector securing more than $9 billion of investment in the first half of 2022, ahead of Germany, Europe’s second biggest fintech destination, with $2.4 billion. The research, commissioned by European consumer and business credit information provider CRIF, surveyed thousands of people in countries across the continent including France, the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, Slovakia, and the UK, to better understand their attitudes towards financial services… click here

9. MADE IN BRITAIN: First electric truck rolls off Tevva assembly line in British manufacturing milestone

Electric and hydrogen truck OEM Tevva has completed the assembly of its first series production battery electric truck, the 7.5 tonne Tevva Truck, as the company reached another pivotal milestone in its journey. The British firm has secured more than £115 million in funding and will create 1,000 jobs at their new manufacturing plant in Essex. The first vehicle rolled off the assembly line in Tilbury, Essex, where it was handed over to Kinaxia Logistics, a leading logistics group operating within the UK transport, warehouse and fulfilment sector… click here

8. Deloitte to hire 6000 new UK auditors and assurance professionals over next five years

Deloitte has announced it is set to hire more than 6,000 new people into the firm’s UK Audit & Assurance practice over the next five years. This is at least 1,200 new auditors and assurance professionals every year between now and 2027. The firm says it is looking to recruit from a range of entry-level and experienced backgrounds. This includes 885 audit and assurance graduates and school leavers (known as BrightStart Apprentices) in 2022 alone – more than a 30 per cent increase on the prior year. More than half of these (57%) will be based outside of London across the UK’s nations and regions… click here

7. Britain is working: UK’s unemployment at lowest rate since 1974

The unemployment rate for May to July 2022 decreased by 0.2 percentage points on the quarter to 3.6%, the lowest rate since May to July 1974. In the latest three-month period, the number of people unemployed for up to six months decreased to a record low, and those unemployed between 6 and 12 months increased. Meanwhile, the number of people unemployed for over 12 months continued to decrease. The total number of Workforce Jobs in the UK in June 2022 rose by 290,000 on the quarter to a record 35.8 million, and for the first time exceeds the pre-coronavirus level of December 2019… click here

6. UK housing market shows continued momentum as average house price increases by 15.5%

New figures show UK average house prices increased by 15.5% over the year to July 2022. The latest house price data published on GOV.UK by HM Land Registry (HMLR) for July 2022 show that average house prices in the UK increased by 15.5% in the year to July 2022, up from 7.8% in the year to June 2022. This jump in annual inflation was mainly because of a base effect from the falls in prices seen this time last year, as a result of changes in the stamp duty holiday. Average UK house prices increased by £6,000 between June and July this year, compared with a fall of £13,000 between the same months in 2021… click here

5. Kwasi to scrap “onerous EU regulation” of bankers’ bonus cap to encourage London’s global competitiveness

The bankers’ bonus cap, which limits the pay of top City executives, could be scrapped in order to encourage our capital’s global competitiveness says new Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng. The cap, which was brought in as part of EU-wide efforts after the financial crisis, has long been criticised as a stranglehold on London’s competitiveness. Chancellor Kwarteng wants to scrap the cap as part of efforts to revitalise the City and give London a competitive edge over European rivals, according to reports in the Financial Times… click here

4. British Armed Forces come together for 3 o’clock in the morning full dress rehearsal of The Queen’s Funeral

In the early hours of the morning members of Armed forces have been coming together in Central London for full dress rehearsals of Her Majesty the Queen’s Funeral this week. Photographed is a 3am rehearsal which took place in Wellington Barracks, moved to Buckingham Palace and then proceeded round the route to Westminster. Sailors and soldiers from the Royal Navy and the British Army perfected their moves in the dress rehearsal during Operation London Bridge… click here

3. Ambitious NHS catch up programme is working as number of patients waiting for tests continues to fall

The number of patients waiting for tests and checks has fallen for the third month in a row – and is at the lowest level since the NHS launched its elective recovery plan, the biggest, most ambitious catch up programme in health history. New figures show that there were 1,521,711 patients waiting for diagnostic tests in July, fewer than the same figures for May and June and the lowest number since February when the plan was published (1,507,483). Figures also show the busiest summer ever for ambulance staff dealing with the most serious callouts – between June and August… click here

2. Rolls-Royce wins U.S. military contracts valued at over £1.5 billion

Rolls-Royce PLC, the major British manufacturer of aircraft engines, marine propulsion systems, and power-generation systems has won two major contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense. Valued at over £1.5 billion over the next five years, Rolls-Royce will service engines for U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft. The contracts show continued confidence in Rolls-Royce and its defence services, which support multiple U.S. and allied military fleets around the world. Rolls-Royce now has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces and navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers… click here

1. Overwhelming support for the monarchy shows poll

Britons are overwhelmingly in favour of the Monarchy and have been hugely impressed by King Charles in the days since the Queen’s death, a new poll reveals. The poll by GB News indicated there is clear support for a monarchy instead of an elected head of state. The poll result comes as thousands of mourners visit London to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II. Huge queues are forming along the banks of the River Thames, as people wait to pay their respects to the Queen. Her lying-in-state will continue until 06:30 BST tomorrow (Monday 19 September)… click here

For last week’s Top Ten Great British news stories (5th – 11th September) click here.

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By Claire Bullivant

Main Photo: In the early hours members of Armed forces came together in Central London for a full dress rehearsal of Her Majesty the Queen’s Funeral. The early morning rehearsal took place in Wellington Barracks, moved to Buckingham Palace and then proceeded round the route to Westminster. Photographer: Sgt Donald C Todd (RLC) – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022. MOD News Licence.

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