As we start a brand new year, good news is already being reported across country.

Of course most of the doom and gloom mainstream media may not be interested in featuring any positive British news stories, but we certainly are.

This week once again we’ve seen huge British investments, reports of UK commercial vehicle production soaring, new jobs and apprenticeships created, world-leading innovation, British export successes and London ending the year with the world’s best-performing major stock market… and that’s just for starters. We look forward to bringing you all the good news in 2023. Happy New Year Everyone!

Here are our 20 best read and most shared positive news stories from the last seven days (26th December 2022 – 1st January 2023):

20. UK car production grows for the second consecutive month

UK car production grew for the second consecutive month in November, up 5.7% to 80,091 units, according to the latest figures published this week by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The rise means UK car manufacturing output has grown in six of the past seven months demonstrating how, even amid global chip shortages and supply chain constraints, factories are doing their best to meet demand for new cars at home and overseas… click here

19. Historic £1.4 billion devolution deal for North East

The Levelling Up Secretary has announced a landmark devolution deal for the North East that will see a new elected mayor given fresh money and powers to level up region. New money and powers over skills, transport and housing will be devolved to local leaders in the North East, the Levelling Up Secretary has announced this week. If approved following a local consultation, people across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, and County Durham.. click here

18. Number of defibrillators across England to be increased with new funding

The public will have faster access to life-saving defibrillators as the government announces a new fund to increase the number of automated external defibrillators in communities across England. The Department of Health and Social Care have guaranteed £1 million of funding which will be sent to an independent partner in the new year who will manage grant applications from bidding organisations. Those selected will be asked to match the funding they receive fully or partially… click here

17. Northern Ireland households to receive voucher support for energy bills starting in January

The UK government has set out how around 500,000 households in Northern Ireland will receive support with their energy bills, with new vouchers starting to be issued from mid-January. All households across Northern Ireland will receive a single £600 payment, consisting of £400 through the Energy Bills Support Scheme Northern Ireland and the £200 Alternative Fuel Payment… click here

16. NHS launches new dementia diagnosis drive

More people will be checked for dementia thanks to a new specialist service being trialled across the country, the NHS announced this week. Care home residents will be proactively assessed for the condition by specialist nurses and other healthcare professionals through 14 new pilot schemes being rolled out in the new year. In the new local dementia drives, GPs will share a list of care home residents without a dementia diagnosis… click here

15. UK Government investing £520 per person in levelling up in Wales

UK Government levelling up investment is bringing significant benefits to Welsh communities with more to come in 2023, Welsh Secretary David TC Davies has said. Funding for levelling up has now reached £1.6 billion in Wales, the equivalent of more than £520 for every person, with the total set to rise with millions of pounds of further investment in 2023. In a New Year message, Mr Davies said 2022 had been difficult for many across the country with cost of living challenges following the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine… click here

14. UK donates metal detectors and bomb de-arming kits to Ukraine to make safe reclaimed territory

The UK has donated more than 1,000 VALLON metal detectors and 100 bomb de-arming kits to Ukraine to help clear minefields and make safe reclaimed territory, civilian homes, and infrastructure. The deliveries are the latest in a continuous supply of support that the UK has been providing Ukraine throughout 2022 and which will continue in 2023. The UK has also recently provided a significant package of air defence systems… click here

13. New Year cheer: £2 bus tickets for thousands of routes across England

Millions of people across England can now save money and ‘Get Around for £2’, thanks to £60 million government funding to cap single bus fares until the end of March. From today (1 January 2023) until 31 March 2023, over 130 bus operators outside of London will charge no more than £2 for their single tickets across over 4,600 routes, helping families, commuters and other passengers save money on travel… click here

12. Artificial intelligence revolutionising NHS stroke care

Trailblazing AI technologies are revolutionising the health and care system making it fit for the future. Tens of thousands of stroke patients across the country are benefitting from quicker treatment and improved outcomes thanks to government investment in cutting edge artificial intelligence (AI) to diagnose and determine the best treatment for patients who suffer a stroke. Early-stage analysis of the technology, which received funding from the first round of the government’s AI in Health and Care Awards… click here

11. World-class UK cricket exporters eye big India win

Cricket bat and pad exports from the UK to India could be in line for a big boost next season thanks to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries. The latest round of negotiations on the deal, kicked off by the Trade Secretary in person, wrapped up in New Delhi just before Christmas. The agreement seeks to cut red tape and tariffs for businesses, which could include reducing the current 20% tariff on cricket bats and pads made in the UK… click here

10. British gin and tonic producers to see sales up Down Under thanks to UK-Australia trade deal

UK-Australia deal is expected to increase trade with Australia by 53%, boost the UK economy by £2.3 billion and add £900 million to household wages in the long run. UK gin and tonic producers are set to receive an export boost in 2023, with tariffs on all products going to Australia due to be removed under the UK-Australia free trade agreement (FTA). Brighton Gin and the UK’s leading premium mixer brand Fever-Tree consider Australia one of their core international markets… click here

9. Levelling up reaches new heights in Scotland

The UK Government’s funding for levelling up has now reached £2.08 billion in Scotland. This is the equivalent of £380 for every person, with the total set to rise with millions of pounds of further investment in 2023. The past year has racked up an impressive tally of eye-catching announcements supported by earlier rounds of investment by the UK Government, with many more in the pipeline. Abertay University launched its cyberQuarter, which will put Dundee at the heart of the UK’s growing cybersecurity industry… click here

8. British machinery giant celebrates big global milestone with award winning electric mini excavator

JCB’s double-award winning electric mini excavator has marked another significant milestone in its short history – the production of the 1,000th machine. JCB went into full production with the world’s first volume-produced all-electric mini excavator in 2019. Employees at JCB Compact Products in Cheadle, Staffordshire, gathered on the shop floor to cheer the milestone 1,000th 19C-1E model off the production line… click here

7. Sheffield Forgemasters powers up with new apprentices alongside £400m investment programme

Sheffield Forgemasters has given a warm welcome to its new apprentices at its Brightside Lane site. The company, which provides crucial components for the UK defence programme, has embarked on a recapitalisation programme with up to £400 million to be invested over ten years and key changes already taking place across the 64-acre site. The origins of Sheffield Forgemasters date back to the 1750s as a small blacksmith forge… click here

6. England in pole position to eliminate Hepatitis C ahead of rest of the world

The NHS is on track to eliminate Hepatitis C by 2025 thanks to a pioneering drug deal and a concerted effort to find people at risk, which is helping dramatically cut deaths five years ahead of global targets. Following a five-year contract worth almost £1 billion to buy antiviral drugs for thousands of patients, deaths from Hepatitis C – including liver disease and cancer – have fallen by 35%. That improvement in outcomes means the NHS has exceed the World Health Organisation’s target of 10%… click here

5. British integrated oil and gas giant bp completes £2.7 billion purchase of US renewable energy firm Archaea

bp has this week completed its purchase of Archaea Energy Inc., a leading provider of renewable natural gas, marking a milestone in the growth of bp’s strategic bioenergy business. bp is a British integrated oil and gas company with operations in more than 70 countries around the world with upstream operations responsible for the production of between 2 and 3 million barrel-of-oil… click here

4. It’s GOLD for Great Britain in four-man bobsleigh World Cup

Brad Hall, Taylor Lawrence, Greg Cackett and Arran Gulliver have claimed the first four-man bobsleigh gold of their careers for Great Britain in the Lake Placid World Cup. These four history boys have done it in the era of bobsleigh’s undisputed GOAT, Germany’s Francesco Friedrich, double reigning Olympic and world champion. Greg Cackett said: “Winning a gold medal in the Friedrich era is as good a gold medal as ever was won. You dream about a gold medal and how you’d react in the leader’s box, how you’d celebrate. When it happened, I had no idea how to react”… click here

3. London ends the year with world’s best-performing major stock market

FTSE 100 is only top index to deliver a gain for investors in miserable year. The Telegraph have reported the FTSE 100 was “the world’s best performing major stock index during a miserable 2022 for financial markets after oil titans and arms makers were boosted by the war in Ukraine.” A report by Tom Rees and Riya Makwana states: “As tumbling global stock markets suffered their worst year since 2008 in a near 20pc plunge, London’s blue-chip index eked out a 0.9pc gain over 2022″… click here

2. MADE IN BRITAIN: UK commercial vehicle production soars by 42.9%

UK commercial vehicle manufacturing grew by 42.9% in November, with 11,343 vans, buses, trucks, coaches and taxis rolling off British factory lines, according to the latest figures released this week by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. It marked the highest total output for the penultimate month of the year since 2011, rounding off the 11th consecutive month of increased production this year. Growth was driven by overseas deliveries, which have seen double-digit increases throughout the year, rising by 89.4% to 7,990 units in November… click here

1. ‘UK borders are safe in the hands of the British Army’ says Defence Secretary

UK borders at our airports are safe in the hands of the British Army, the Defence Secretary said today.  Ben Wallace spoke out as he attended Manchester Airport to witness the job soldiers were doing in the place of striking Border Staff workers. During an interview at Manchester Airport, Mr Wallace praised the job of the Armed Forces who had stepped in for striking Border Force staff… click here

For last week’s Top 20 Great British news stories (19th – 25th December 2022).

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