In this weekly segment we aim to bring you positive news so please find our best read good news stories from across the UK this week (28th February – 6th March 2022).

However, in a week of such awful international news – we do want to acknowledge our Ukrainian friends. Please know we are with you. Slava Ukraini!

We wholeheartedly agree with PM Boris Johnson’s article today and are grateful to have such a superb leader who is leading the free world from the front.

Keep checking in with the Conservative Post to see positive 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 best read positive UK news stories from the last seven days (28th February – 6th March 2022):

10. Millions of people with rare diseases to benefit from faster diagnosis and better access to treatment

Millions of people with rare diseases will benefit from faster diagnosis and new treatments following the launch today of England’s first Rare Diseases Action Plan by Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid. Javid said: “This action plan will speed up diagnoses and care and allow our fantastic workforce to better support patients, by drawing upon the UK’s world-leading science and technology. I am committed to levelling up our health system so that everyone regardless of their condition can receive treatment that is tailored to their needs”… click here

9. UK and Japan forge closer links on telecoms

The UK and Japan will strengthen their cooperation on efforts to diversify the technology used in telecoms networks. The UK Minister for Digital Infrastructure Julia Lopez and Japan’s Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Yuji Sasaki met in London on Friday morning. Both nations committed to greater information sharing on their respective policy approaches seeking to build a more competitive and diverse global market for telecoms equipment, including for 5G and future wireless networks and share information and facilitate joint efforts between industry and academia in both countries to develop future communications technologies such as 6G… click here

8. Britain’s biggest bicycle manufacturer to invest £100 million in new factory and global HQ in Kent

The Brompton, Britain’s biggest bicycle manufacturer, is set to invest £100 million building a new factory and global HQ in Ashford, Kent. The huge investment will more than double the firm’s production capacity and by 2027 the company hopes to employ 1,500 people at the site and support thousands more local jobs. They new factory will be constructed on a floodplain in Ashford, which the company says will be transformed into a nature reserve. Brompton intends to submit a planning application by the end of April. Ashford Borough Council has agreed to support the plans in principle… click here

7. Boost for East Yorkshire and the Humber as region named UK’s fastest growing region for digital jobs

A new drive to improve the digital skills of thousands of people across the Humber is being launched this week following match-funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It comes as new figures reveal Hull and East Yorkshire’s tech sector is one of the fastest growing in the UK. Tech Minister Chris Philp was in Hull to formally launch a new Local Digital Skills Partnership, a new campaign aiming to equip people for the region’s digital jobs boom and ensure more residents can benefit from the thriving local tech sector… click here

6. Boris appoints new Trade Envoys to boost trade and investment in Africa

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has this week appointed two new Trade Envoys – David Duguid MP as Trade Envoy to Angola and Zambia, and Yvonne Fovargue MP as Trade Envoy to Tunisia and Libya. Trade between the UK and these vibrant countries continues to flourish. Trade with Tunisia was £430 million last year, £874 million with Angola and £165 million with Zambia. Total trade between the UK and Libya accounted for £1.1 billion in 2021, an increase of 225% from the year before… click here

5. Britain’s first ‘smart’ prison to drive down crime

Britain’s first ‘smart’ prison has opened this week – where an unprecedented array of workshops will drive more offenders than ever into jobs and away from crime in a boost to public protection. The new Category C prison in Northamptonshire is the first jail to have been designed with education, training and jobs for prisoners on release as its main purposes – factors proven to cut crime and reduce reoffending. There will be a new presumption that prisoners at HMP Five Wells should spend their time behind bars learning new skills and getting trained in vital industries so they can find work immediately when back in the community and plug local labour shortages… click here

4. UK manufacturing grows for the 21st consecutive month in February

New figures show the growth rate of UK manufacturing production accelerated to a seven-month high in February, aided by stronger domestic demand, fewer raw material shortages and easing global supply chain pressures. The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index® rose to a three-month high of 58.0 in February, up from 57.3 in January. The PMI has remained above the neutral 50.0 mark (which denotes growth) for 21 successive months. Faster growth of output, new orders and stocks of purchases all helped lift the PMI level in February, offsetting the impact of slower job creation and a lessening of supply chain disruptions… click here

3. British Steel set to build new £26 million facility in North Yorkshire

British Steel has submitted the planning application for a £26 million upgrade to its Special Profiles business – the steelmaker’s biggest single investment in its special profiles for more than 30 years. The plans for a new service centre at Skinningrove, which include cut-to-length lines, product milling, machining and warehousing operations, would enable the company to make and process an extended range of value-added profiles for the forklift industry. British Steel’s Special Profiles business makes components for a wide range of sectors including the forklift and earthmoving industries… click here

2. British Soldier serving in Estonia is promoted to Sergeant by Boris

A soldier from Kent has been promoted this week to the rank of Sergeant – nothing out of the ordinary normally, but when it is the country’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson who steps forward to hand you your stripes – well, it lends itself to being something a bit more special. The Prime Minister had been visiting troops currently stationed at Tapa in Estonia as part of the UK’s Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup – there to provide reassurance to the Baltic states and deter any aggressive posture from their Russian neighbours… click here

1. UK and New Zealand sign comprehensive trade deal

The UK has signed a far-reaching trade deal with New Zealand that will remove trade barriers on a huge range of UK goods and services and provide new opportunities for British businesses. The deal has been signed this week by International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan and New Zealand Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor. After reaching agreement in principle last October negotiators have worked intensely to finalise the agreement. The UK-New Zealand trade relationship was worth £2.3 billion in 2020 and is now expected to increase by almost 60%, boosting our economy by £800 million and increasing wages across the UK… click here

For last week’s Top Ten Great British news stories (21st – 27th February 2022click here.

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Main photo: The Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw, Poland. Picture by Tim Hammond / No 10 Downing Street



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