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 (12th – 18th December 2022):

20. Britain’s biggest bicycle manufacturer submits plans for £100 million new factory

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… click here

19. Lift-off for new launch technology with UK Space Agency funding

The UK Space Agency has announced £2.7 million for 13 early-stage technology projects across England, Scotland and Wales to support the growing satellite launch sector. The UK is home to a thriving satellite manufacturing industry and is on track to become the first country in Europe to offer commercial launch services to small satellite manufacturers, from a range of spaceports offering both horizontal and vertical rocket launch capabilities. Work is already underway on the construction of spaceports in Sutherland and Shetland… click here

18. Trade Secretary leads next round of free trade negotiations on visit to India

Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch has been in New Delhi this week for the sixth round of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations between the UK and India. The talks – the first formal round since July – are targeting a deal to cut tariffs and open opportunities for UK services such as financial and legal, making it easier for British businesses to sell to an economy set to be the world’s third largest – with a middle class of 250 million people – by 2050… click here

17. Children across England to benefit from schools fit for the future and ‘fantastic new facilities’

Pupils across England will benefit from transformative new school buildings as 239 more schools and sixth forms will benefit from renovation projects. The new projects build on the 161 that have previously been announced, with construction works now nearing completion on the most advanced sites. It means in total 400 out of 500 schools and sixth forms have now been selected for rebuilds through the ten-year School Rebuilding Programme… click here

16. Government delivers on pledge for £50 million Motor Neurone Disease research funding

The government will cut red tape in order to speed up research into Motor Neurone Disease (MND) across the UK, with immediate investment so NHS patients can benefit from cutting edge treatment and medicines, the Health and Social Care Secretary, Steve Barclay, and Business Secretary, Grant Shapps, have announced this week. Work being done in the field of MND research has highlighted the impact that cutting-edge research can have, but also on the progress still to be made to help sufferers of this debilitating condition… click here

15. UK signs Plan for Defence Cooperation with Saudi Arabia

The Secretary of State for Defence met the Minister for Defence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in London this week. The Defence Ministers reflected on the strength of the historic UK-Saudi defence partnership of over half a century, based on a shared commitment to peace, stability, and the strengthening of mutual and regional security. The Ministers welcomed the signing of a Plan for Defence Cooperation which will enhance bilateral defence and security cooperation to address shared security challenges… click here

14. UK to continue global leadership on marine protection

Environment Secretary Thérèse Coffey this week urged more countries to join the more than 120 nations who already support the pledge to protect 30% of the world’s ocean by 2030. Speaking as global leaders came together to tackle the global biodiversity crisis at the UN Conference of Biological Diversity (CBD) CO15 in Montreal, Canada, the Environment Secretary led calls for more ambitious and meaningful outcomes for ocean protection and confirmed the UK will renew its role as Chair of the Global Ocean Alliance beyond COP15… click here

13. Father Christmas calls on British Army to help deliver presents after reindeer needed a rest

The Army Air Corps, based at Royal Naval Air Station in Yeovilton answered Santa’s call for assistance after his reindeer needed to take a breather. 1 Regiment Army Air Corps (1AAC), realising the importance of the request immediately sprang into action. The ground crew prepared a Wildcat helicopter, and the pilot and his crew began planning their route to deliver gifts to pupils at local schools across Somerset… click here

12. World-first for satellite to measure Earth’s water levels launches

A UK-backed mission, which will observe huge swathes of ocean and surface water in unprecedented detail, has launched into space.The international Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite took off from Vandenberg in California this week. SWOT will use a revolutionary radar instrument, named KaRIn, to survey at least 90% of the Earth’s surface, measuring and monitoring changes in the ocean, lakes, reservoirs, rivers and wetlands, to produce data that will help improve our understanding of climate change… click here

11. £129 million to deliver cutting-edge mini drones for UK Armed Forces

More than 250 “portable” and “packable” mini drones will be delivered to the Armed Forces after the award of a contract worth £129 million to Lockheed Martin UK. Minister for Defence Procurement, Alex Chalk KC said: AS THE GLOBAL THREAT CHANGES, IT’S CRUCIAL WE REMAIN AT THE FOREFRONT OF INNOVATION, DELIVERING CUTTING EDGE CAPABILITIES TO OUR DEPLOYED FORCES. THIS IS ANOTHER FANTASTIC EXAMPLE OF BRITISH INDUSTRY SUPPORTING UK DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY”… click here

10. England and Wales policing to receive £287 million funding boost next year

The police sector in England and Wales will receive a nominal funding boost of up to £287 million next year to help victims feel safe and deliver more visible policing, the Home Secretary Suella Braverman has announced. The rise will take total funding for policing up to £17.2 billion and mean police and crime commissioners across the 43 police forces in England and Wales will receive a nominal increase of up to £523 million from government grants and precept income to focus on getting the basics right… click here

9. UK funding boost to create most advanced genomic healthcare system in the world

Government announces funding to create the most advanced genomic healthcare system in the world, helping to save lives and improve health outcomes. Patients with cancer and children born with treatable rare genetic diseases are set to benefit from earlier diagnosis and faster access to treatment, following a £175 million boost to cutting-edge genomics research announced by the Health and Social Care Secretary this week… click here

8. UK contributes to a breakthrough in nuclear fusion energy

In an international collaboration, that included colleagues from the UK’s Central Laser Facility, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have achieved the ‘holy grail’ of fusion research. For the first time they have been able to produce more fusion energy than energy input into the experiment. UK Science Minister George Freeman said of the breakthrough: “THIS IS A FANTASTIC RESULT THAT PROVES THE EXCEPTIONAL POTENTIAL OF FUSION POWER, AND THE NATIONAL IGNITION FACILITY TEAM SHOULD BE CONGRATULATED ON THEIR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT…” Click here

7. Britain backs home-grown nuclear and hydrogen innovation with £102 million energy fund

The UK government has this week announced new funding to support clean energy production in the UK, following Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent impact on global energy prices. The funding includes £77 million to bolster nuclear fuel production and support the development of the next generation of advanced nuclear reactors, along with £25 million for technologies that can produce hydrogen from sustainable biomass and waste, while removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere… click here

6. British world-first as ‘incurable’ leukaemia treated with base-edited cells

A UK patient with ‘incurable’ T-cell leukaemia has been treated with base-edited T-cells in the world’s first reported use of a base-edited therapy. The patient, 13-year-old Alyssa from Leicester, was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2021. She was treated with all current conventional therapies for her cancer, including chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, but unfortunately her disease came back and there were no further treatment options. Alyssa was the first patient to be enrolled onto a new clinical trial… click here

5. Economic boost for Brexit Britain as US state-level agreement with Indiana takes off

The first Working Group enabled by the UK / Indiana Memorandum of Understanding has taken place in the US this week. The MoU, which was signed in May, has already created a framework to remove barriers to trade and investment, paving the way for UK and Indianan businesses to invest, export, expand and create jobs. Since leaving the EU in January 2020, Britain has sought to define a new independent trade policy, keen to cast itself as defender of free trade and eager to drive manufacturing growth by promoting exports of premium ‘Made in Britain’ products… click here

4. Iconic British-led consortium  takes off as world’s first net zero transatlantic flight to fly from London

The first ever net zero transatlantic flight will take off from the UK next year, with Virgin Atlantic receiving government funding to fly across the pond using solely sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). In 2023, one of Virgin Atlantic’s flagship Boeing 787s, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, will take off from London Heathrow and make the journey to New York’s John F Kennedy Airport – a journey made by thousands of people for business, family and leisure every week. But this will be no ordinary journey… click here   

3. William and Kate keep it casual with adorable sunlit Christmas card

William, Kate and their three children have released an upbeat festive picture showing that it’s business as usual for the Waleses. The image was taken by photographer Matt Porteous earlier this year in Norfolk and has featured on the royal couple’s annual Christmas card. Hand-in-hand, the Prince and Princess of Wales and their three children (George, Charlotte and Louis) are seen wearing denim, trainers and coordinated white and blue shirts striding happily along a country path near their home in Norfolk… click here

2. Brexit Britain’s international trade in goods and services has INCREASED since leaving the EU

‘Every day I am glad we are now free to govern ourselves’ is the opinion of Sir John Redwood as new figures show Britain’s international trade in goods and services has increased since voting to leave the EU. The new report from CIBUK.Org and Facts4EU shows UK exports of goods and services since the Leave vote and thereafter have increased, not fallen as Rejoiners claim… click here

1. Boris in demand as he makes over £1 million from speaking gigs since leaving Number 10

Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly made more than £1 million since leaving Number 10 in September. According to reports the 58-year-old Conservative MP has spoken at four different events since stepping down as PM, earning a whopping £1,030,780. It is expected Mr Johnson will make even more over the coming months and years as he follows in the footsteps of Tony Blair and David Cameron who have shown the global speaking circuit can be very lucrative for British ex-Prime Ministers… click here

For last week’s Top 20 Great British news stories (5th – 11th December 2022).

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