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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.

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Here are our 20 best read and most shared positive news stories from the last seven days (5th – 11th December 2022):

20. UK Space Agency and National Nuclear Laboratory work on world’s first space battery powered by British fuel

The UK Space Agency and the National Nuclear Laboratory are to collaborate on the world’s first space battery powered by Americium-241. This work, commissioned and funded by the UK Space Agency from NNL, will be delivered in a new £19 million laboratory in Cumbria equipped with next-generation equipment and technology. It will deliver a sovereign supply of fuel for space batteries in the context of a global shortage, enabling the UK and its partners to pursue new space science and exploration missions… click here

19. MADE IN UK: British electric vehicle start-up set to take US by storm

British manufacturer Munro Vehicles is set to open a new factory in Scotland and create 300 jobs after officially unveiling its new electric 4×4 vehicle – the Munro MK. Founded in 2019, the Scottish start-up says their focus is “to address the needs of off-road drivers across industry.” The British designed electric vehicles have been likened to an eco-friendly version of the iconic Humvee and have already received a lot of interest in the US… click here

18. British supercar manufacturer McLaren drives into India, the brand’s 41st global territory

British luxury high-performance supercar maker McLaren Automotive, renowned worldwide for the exclusive, luxury, high-performance supercars has entered the major Indian market, the brand’s 41st global territory. With the opening of first Indian retail outlet in Mumbai, McLaren says the launch forms a key part of the marque’s global expansion plans. Analysts pinpoint India as a high population market with very good long-term automotive demand prospects… click here

17. New international coalition to develop the next generation of combat aircraft

The Global Combat Air Programme (GCAP) is a new partnership and ambitious endeavour between the UK, Japan and Italy to deliver the next generation of combat air fighter jets. A report by PricewaterhouseCoopers last year, suggested the UK taking a core role in a combat air system could support an average of 21,000 jobs a year and contribute an estimated £26.2bn to the economy by 2050… click here

16. Over £400 million saved as government takes fight to public purse bandits

More than £400 million has been saved for the public purse using cutting-edge data matching software, as the Government clamps down on benefits and tax fraud. The National Fraud Initiative enables organisations to use data and match records so they can pick up where people or businesses are taking the government for a ride. Since its inception, it’s identified and helped recover around £2.4bn. The latest figures show around 42,000 fraudulent disabled blue badges were being used and more than 225,000 cases… click here

15. UK and US announce new energy partnership

The UK and US will work together to increase energy security and drive down prices, as part of an initiative announced by the Prime Minister and US President Biden this week. Under the new ‘UK-US Energy Security and Affordability Partnership’, the UK and US will drive work to reduce global dependence on Russian energy exports, stabilise energy markets and step up collaboration on energy efficiency, nuclear and renewables. The initiative will be steered by a new UK-US Joint Action Group, led by senior officials from the UK Government and the White House… click here

14. Bumper year for eels indicating healthy UK waterways and freshwater habitats

Over 70,000 eels have made the journey to Cambridgeshire from the Sargasso Sea – a journey of over 3,000 miles. The Environment Agency is celebrating a successful year for its eel passes on the River Great Ouse which is an important indicator to the environmental health of the sea, rivers and freshwater habitats. It was revealed that over 70,000 eels had made the journey to Cambridgeshire from the Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic – a journey of over 3,000 miles… click here

13. £45 million contract to maintain Britain’s flagship scientific research vessels awarded to Babcock

£45 million in funding to maintain the UK’s state-of-the-art fleet of research vessels has been announced this week by Industry and Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani. The £45 million contract, awarded to Babcock International by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), is a key component of the government’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, boosting investment in the prestigious UK shipbuilding industry… click here

12. Britain secures fishing catch limits worth £202 million to UK fishing industry

The UK has secured fishing catch limits worth £202 million to the UK fishing industry, a £33 million increase from last year, after reaching an agreement with Norway and the EU, Defra has announced this week. Negotiating as an independent coastal State, the UK agreed catch levels for 2023 for six important fish stocks in the North Sea including North Sea cod, haddock and herring… click here

11. £490 million for state-of-the-art medical suites and engineering labs in England’s universities

Students are to benefit from state-of-the-art medical suites along with cutting edge engineering and science labs, in a multimillion-pound investment in university and college facilities. Universities and colleges across England will benefit from almost £490 million, giving their students access to world-class facilities and enabling them to offer more high-quality training opportunities that will set them on a path to a great career… click here

10. New record intake for Jaguar Land Rover with plans to recruit 300 UK apprentices in 2023

Jaguar Land Rover has this week announced it will hire around 300 apprentices in the UK in 2023 as the company continues to expand its talent pool as part of its transition to an electrified future. The hiring drive means over 800 people will join Jaguar Land Rover’s early careers programmes in 2023, a 55% increase on last year’s figure and a new record intake for the company… click here

9. Calais group agrees to further work to tackle illegal migration

Plans to step up co-operation to tackle illegal immigration across Europe and bring people smugglers to justice have been agreed this week at a meeting of the Calais Group. Home Secretary Suella Braverman met with counterparts from France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, in the presence of the European Commission and its agencies, in Brussels to renew discussions on how to address the global migration crisis. The group has published a Joint Communique outlining commitments made at the meeting… click here

8. Tech powerhouses UK and Japan unveil plans for digital partnership deal

The UK and Japan have today unveiled details of a new digital partnership to turbocharge their joint working in an era of increasing global competition on tech and data. The UK and Japan are modern tech powerhouses, with combined IT sectors worth more than £406 billion. The newly launched partnership will develop the unique strengths of both countries and deliver on the UK’s ambition, set out in this year’s Digital Strategy, to increase international collaboration on complex tech issues… click here

7. Britain is now better placed to take advantage of the benefits of BREXIT says Economic Secretary

Britain is now better placed to take advantage of the benefits of Brexit, according to Andrew Griffiths. Speaking after Jeremy Hunt announced the biggest loosening of City regulations in a generation, Griffiths told GB News: “This is a really ambitious set of measures. The financial services sector affects us all and we all depend on it to generate tax revenues. The reforms that the Chancellor announced yesterday help us to take advantage of some of our Brexit freedoms”… click here

6. Boost for Britain as UK to sign another US state-level agreement

The UK has signed its third pact with a US state after leaving the European Union. Total trade in goods and services between the UK and US has risen by nearly 15% in the last year. UK Trade minister Greg Hands signed the memorandum of understanding aimed at boosting trade and investment with South Carolina, according to a UK government statement on Wednesday. The Trade Minister is currently undertaking a multi-state tour of the US to boost trade and investment ties with individual states… click here

5. England seal sensational win over Pakistan in Test cricket

The English cricket team have sealed a dramatic win over Pakistan in Rawalpindi on Monday evening. Just before sunset, Jack Leach trapped Naseem Shah lbw as England closed out a 74-run win, giving England their seventh win in eight games since Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum took over as Test captain and coach… click here

4. First Freeports now fully operational driving economic growth and turbocharging UK economy

The United Kingdom’s first Freeports in Plymouth, Solent, and Teesside are now fully up and running after receiving final government approval this week. The Freeports becoming fully operational is a major milestone in the government’s mission to level up communities across the country and will help spread opportunity and drive economic growth… click here

3. Britain takes back control of EU funding and kickstarts £2.6 billion investment in UK communities

People across the country will benefit from £2.6 billion of investment in skills, improved high streets, support for local business and more green spaces as the UK takes back control and approves spending plans for funding previously run by the European Union. Local areas across England will see £1.58 billion, Scotland £212 million, Wales £585 million and Northern Ireland £127 million made available under the fund… click here

2. First UK coal mine in 30 years gets government green light

Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove has approved Britain’s first deep coal mine in more than 30 years after conceding that new green technologies are unlikely to replace the fossil fuel’s role in steel-making for many years. Mr Gove has backed plans for a £165 million coal mine at the Woodhouse Colliery, near Whitehaven in Cumbria which will produce coal for steelmaking in the UK and for export to Europe… click here

1. Billionaire Conservative donor backs plan for members to ‘take back control’ of Party

A Conservative Party donor has thrown his weight behind our major new campaign to empower Party members and steer the Party’s political direction back to the centre-right. Lord Cruddas, a former Conservative Party Treasurer who has donated more than £3.5 million to the Tories, has announced his support for the Conservative Democratic Organisation (CDO), a new campaigning body, which is working to empower the grassroots and restore democracy in the Party… click here

For last week’s Top 20 Great British news stories (28th November – 4th December 2022).

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By Claire Bullivant

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