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, British sporting achievements and many other things to be proud of.
Here are our ten best read and most shared positive news stories from the last seven days (19th – 25th September):
Britain is leading the charge on the future of fusion energy usage, the process that powers the sun and stars and promises a near-limitless clean electricity source for the long term. Fusion power creates nearly four million times more energy for every kilogram of fuel than burning coal, oil or gas. Sir Patrick Vallance, visited the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) this week to learn about the transformative potential of this incredible energy source. UKAEA has already created approximately 36,900 direct and indirect jobs over the past decade with R&D in fusion leading to the upskilling of the UK workforce… click here
Nearly £50 million in government funding is being made available this week to support the future of British industry. £49.4 million will be awarded to pioneering projects across the country, helping drive economic growth through the development of fuel switching technology which will see a wide range of industries, including steel, ceramics, pharmaceuticals and food production, reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and slash energy costs. Business and Energy Minister Lord Callanan said: We’re investing nearly £50 million to back British industry, making sure they’re fit for the future and helping end their dependency on expensive fossil fuels… click here
8. A hand-up for start-ups: 33,000 new loans for small businesses as £900m Government scheme widened
An £884m loan scheme for new businesses is to be greatly expanded, delivering much needed finance to the UK’s array of innovative start-ups, the Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg has announced this week. The Start Up Loans programme has provided more than 95,000 loans to start-ups across the UK since its inception in June 2012. With 33,000 new loans available, the programme’s eligibility will be expanded to support businesses trading for up to three years, up from two years. Businesses can apply immediately under the new criteria… click here
Jaguar Land Rover is set to invest millions of pounds converting its Halewood plant near Liverpool to build electric vehicles, securing the factory’s future and thousands of jobs. According to Autocar, Jaguar Land Rover has begun the tendering process to upgrade the factory to build cars on their new ‘Native BEV’ Electrified Modular Architecture (EMA). Models using the new platform will include replacements for the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport, both of which are made at the Halewood plant… click here
To bolster the UK’s energy security, the UK government has this week lifted the moratorium on shale gas production in England, and confirmed its support for a new oil and gas licensing round, expected to be launched by the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) in early October. In light of Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and weaponisation of energy, the government says it is taking concrete steps to increase home-grown sources of energy, reduce the UK’s reliance of foreign imports, and explore all possible options to boost domestic energy security… click here
The Chancellor this week unveiled his Growth Plan to release the huge potential in the British economy by tackling high energy costs and inflation and delivering higher productivity and wages. The plan set the ambitious target for 2.5% trend of growth, securing sustainable funding for public services and improving living standards for everyone. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng, said: “Economic growth isn’t some academic term with no connection to the real world. It means more jobs, higher pay and more money to fund public services, like schools and the NHS…” Click here
New support for households, businesses and public sector organisations facing rising energy bills in Great Britain and Northern Ireland has been unveiled by Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg this week – supporting growth, preventing unnecessary insolvencies and protecting jobs. Through a new government Energy Bill Relief Scheme, the government will provide a discount on wholesale gas and electricity prices for all non-domestic customers (including all UK businesses, the voluntary sector like charities and the public sector such as schools and hospitals)… click here
The Prime Minister has met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the UN General Assembly in New York this week. Prime Minister Kishida welcomed the UK’s commitment to Japan and the Indo-Pacific region, as exemplified by our Dialogue Partnership with ASEAN, AUKUS and our application to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Prime Minister Truss thanked Prime Minister Kishida for his support for the UK’s application. The leaders said they looked forward to expanding the UK-Japan relationship, both if the UK joins the CPTPP and through investments in our shared defence and security such as the Future Combat Air System programme. The CPTPP is a free-trade agreement between 11 countries around the Pacific Rim… click here
Home Secretary, Suella Braverman KC MP has written to the leaders of the police for England and Wales saying police “initiatives on diversity and inclusion should not take precedence over common-sense policing.” Ms Braverman, a former Attorney General said: “Unfortunately, there is a perception that the police have had to spend too much time on symbolic gestures than actually fighting criminals.” The Home Secretary said: “This must change. Initiatives on diversity and inclusion should not take precedence over common-sense policing.” Click here
The government has announced that all retained EU laws will be sunset on 31 December 2023, enabling the UK to create regulations tailor-made for its people. All EU legislation will be amended, repealed, or replaced under the new Brexit Freedoms Bill introduced to Parliament this week, which will end the special legal status of all retained EU law by 2023, and give the UK the opportunity to develop new laws that best fit the needs of the country and grow the economy… click here
For last week’s Top Ten Great British news stories (12th – 18th September) click here.
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By Claire Bullivant
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