Huge global contract wins, new factories being built, new jobs created, world-leading innovation and export successes are being announced on a daily basis.
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.
Here are our 20 best read and most shared positive news stories from this week (23rd – 29th January 2023):
20. UK Space Agency announces multimillion pound package to supercharge Britain’s satellite communications industry
The UK Space Agency has this week announced £50 million of funding for ambitious and innovative projects that will supercharge the UK’s satellite communications industry. Funding is available for a wide range of projects, such as developing new satellite constellations, the ground systems needed to access them, or whole end-to-end systems delivering new services to customers… click here
British manufacturer Sandon Global has officially opened its new multi-million pound factory in Runcorn, Cheshire. The award winning firm manufactures anilox rolls and cylinders which are used in the global print industry and exported to almost 70 countries worldwide. Funded in part with a £2 million grant from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority… click here
£150 million will be used to build 150 new facilities to support mental health urgent and emergency care services. Anyone experiencing a mental health emergency will benefit from more tailored emergency care and support in the community through specialised mental health ambulances, more crisis services, and improved health-based places of safety… click here
Downing Street was celebrating Scottish culture this week with a reception to celebrate Burns Night. Guests were welcomed to the event with sounds of traditional bagpipes and drums, and everyone enjoyed Scottish cuisine from stalls in an indoor-street market. Deeney’s famous haggis toasties and Rapscallion’s fresh fruit sodas were on offer, and there were a range of other businesses showcased as part of the event… click here
The UK Atomic Energy Authority and First Light Fusion have this week signed an agreement for the design and construction of a new purpose-built facility to house First Light’s Machine 4 at UKAEA’s Culham Campus in Oxfordshire. The partnership with UKAEA and the announcement of the proposed construction of the building for Machine 4 follows the recent confirmation of net energy gain by the National Ignition Facility (NIF), at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory… click here
15. UK to introduce first-of-its-kind framework to make it easier to manufacture innovative medicines at the point of care
The UK will be the first country to introduce a tailored framework for the regulation of innovative products manufactured at the point where a patient receives care, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has announced this week. This will mean that new medicines with very short shelf lives and highly personalised medicines can more easily be made in or near a hospital setting or ambulance and can get to the patients who need them much more quickly… click here
14. Gove signs historic £1.4 billion devolution deal to transfer new powers to local leaders in North East England
A landmark devolution deal has been signed in North East England this week by Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove and eight local leaders in the region. The devolution deal will transfer new powers to local leaders in the North East to deliver skills, transport and housing, supported by £1.4 billion of funding… click here
The head of a Kurdish people smuggling ring has been arrested after going on the run prior to his sentencing. Tarik Namik, aged 45 and from Oldham, was given an eight year jail term in his absence on 9 December 2022 after he failed to show up at Manchester Crown Court. Four other members of his gang were sentenced alongside him. The court had previously heard how he became the subject of an National Crime Agency investigation in 2017, and headed up an organised crime… click here
12. Home Office ramps up immigration enforcement since pledge to tackle illegal working across Britain
The Home Office has ramped up immigration enforcement activity in the month since the Prime Minister’s pledge to boost raids on illegal working. A total of 1,152 immigration enforcement visits have taken place across the UK to identify illegal working since 11 December, marking an almost 10% rise on visits completed in the previous five weeks… click here
Electric vehicle manufacturer LEVC, best known for its famous black cabs, is set to invest millions of pounds expanding the production capacity and range of models built at its Ansty Park manufacturing plant in Coventry. With a new senior management team for 2023, the UK based company says it has begun a momentous new chapter, setting its brand direction for the coming decade and beyond, with a new strategy to become a leading zero-carbon mobility technology company across the world… click here
New figures released this week show Ministry of Defence expenditure with industry and commerce in Scotland in 2021/22 was £2.01 billion. This is up from just under £2 billion the previous year and is the equivalent of £370 per person in Scotland. For the whole UK, it is £21.1 billion, working out at an average of £310 per person. These figures show how crucial defence is to both the security of the United Kingdom… click here
Since leaving the European Union 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. The UK is currently working with about 20 US states to secure individual trade deals, with the first eight alone accounting for about 20% of the U.S. economy… click here
8. BUILT IN BRITAIN: First steel cut for HMS Active, the second of five Type 31 Frigates being built for Royal Navy
The first steel has been cut for the second of five Type 31 frigates being constructed in Scotland to take their place at the heart of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet. The £1.25 billion Type 31 programme supports over 2,500 British jobs. During a ceremony at Rosyth dockyard this week, Defence minister Alex Chalk cut steel for HMS Active in the presence of dignitaries… click here
Latest figures show that there are more than 16,700 additional police officers in England and Wales since April 2020. An extra 1,420 officers have joined police forces across England and Wales in the past 3 months, as the government continues its unprecedented drive to recruit 20,000 additional police officers by March 2023. Figures released this week show that more than 16,700 additional police officers have joined the police since April 2020 as part of the government’s pledge to get more police officers on our streets… click here
6. Airbus to recruit 13,000 people globally after retaining its position as the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer
Building on a proud 100-year British aviation heritage, Airbus is part of the very fabric of the UK and has retained its position as the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer, delivering 661 commercial aircraft to 84 customers in 2022. The aerospace giant’s 12,500-strong UK workforce is part of a global family of 130,000 employees around the world… click here
5. British luxury car manufacturer Bentley Motors investing £2.5 billion into world-leading ‘Dream Factory’ in Crewe
Bentley Motors will be investing £2.5 billion to transform their entire product portfolio and company’s headquarters in Crewe into a world-leading ‘Dream Factory.’ The luxury marque has also announced a recruitment drive creating 200 new roles as the company accelerates its forward-thinking Beyond100 strategy, the boldest plan of its kind in the sector… click here
Conservative backbencher and former Cabinet minister Jacob Rees-Mogg is joining GB News to host his own programme. Mr Rees-Mogg, the MP for North East Somerset since 2010, will debate the hot topics of the day and interview big-name guests from across the political spectrum. He will also take his show on tour, regularly broadcasting in front of live audiences in towns and cities across the country… click here
National Express has won a contract worth €1 billion (£880 million) over the lifetime of the agreement to operate the RE1 and RE11 Rhein-Ruhr-Express (RRX) lines in Germany to 2033. The British multinational public transport company is headquartered in Birmingham with a fleet of a fleet of over 27,000 vehicles worldwide. The company took over the operation of the two German lines in February 2022 through an emergency contract award, successfully mobilising in a short timeframe… click here
2. ‘There have already been some good wins from exiting the EU and more are to come’ says John Redwood
We voted for Brexit because we once again wanted to live in an independent country. We want our laws and taxes settled in Parliament by MPs that we can vote out of office if they do not please. Elections empower voters to get change. A sovereign Parliament can do what it takes to promote the freedoms and prosperity of the British people… click here
1. “Friends like Boris Johnson are worth more than a squadron of tanks” states Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence
Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson has received a very warm welcome in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. Mr Johnson visited the outskirts of the city before being received by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky. The former PM said it was a “privilege” to visit the country as he met up with President Zelensky and other Ukrainian ministers in Kyiv saying: “I’ll be a foot solider, a spear carrier… I’ll do whatever I can to help.” Click here
For last week’s Top 20 Great British news stories (16th – 22nd January 2023).
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