GREAT BRITISH NEWS: Top positive news stories from across the UK this week

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“UK inflation, already well below the European Union’s level, fell again last month. Payroll jobs are up 1.8 million in the last two years, and median monthly earnings are up 14% over the same period. Foreign direct investment is higher than in any EU country, and unemployment is at its lowest level since records began…”

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 (30th January – 5th February 2023):

20. UK Government backing helps launch world first self-driving bus

Passengers will be boarding the world’s first fully sized, self-driving bus service in Edinburgh from the Spring, after it was awarded a share of £81 million in joint UK government and industry support for self-driving transport technology. The project is one of seven successful projects from around the UK, and forms the most advanced set of commercial, self-driving passenger and freight operations anywhere in the world. The grants will help British companies seize early opportunities to develop experimental projects into offerings ready for the market… click here

19. UK’s strength in biotech makes Britain an attractive proposition for global investment in 2023 says PwC

Development stage biotech acquisitions by large pharmaceutical companies filling development pipelines, is amongst the drivers for optimism in pharmaceuticals and life sciences M&A activity in 2023, according to analysis by PwC. PwC’s latest UK M&A data shows that whilst healthcare industries, including pharma and life sciences, M&A activity cooled down in 2022 from a record high in 2021, PwC UK remains cautiously optimistic for the year ahead… click here

18. New wetland habitat thriving along River Thame

Local groups have made a remarkable difference to wildlife flourishing along the River Thame in Buckinghamshire. A combined 32 hectares of formerly low-biodiversity floodplain have been transformed thanks to the creation of new wetlands alongside the river – firstly on land at Eythrope owned and managed by the Waddesdon Estate, and followed by Manor Farm in Chearsley. With a water environment grant of £360,450 from the Environment Agency, and expertise from the Freshwater Habitats Trust… click here

17. Raab’s construction job drive gives prisoners tools to turn away from crime

Construction firms have pitched up in prisons across England and Wales for the latest major drive to match offenders with jobs in sectors facing skill shortages and cut crime. More than 80 ‘Unlocking Construction’ events have been held in over 60 prisons as part of a two-week campaign – with scaffolders, crane operatives and building site managers among those showing offenders the ropes in their industry… click here

16. 280 jobs to be created at new £150 million drinks can manufacturing hub in Peterborough

A new state of the art drinks can factory is now under construction in Peterborough and is expected to create at least 280 jobs. Pennsylvania-based Crown is investing £150 million pounds into the new hub which will see it become the largest aluminium can production facility in Europe. Recruitment is now under way to fill the 280 vacancies that are expected to be created with the completion of the factory which is expected to be completed by this summer… click here

15. Fresh funding to boost British exports of professional services overseas

More funding to grow British exports by making it simpler for UK professionals to work abroad has been announced by the Business Minister Kevin Hollinrake this week. Grants of up to £75,000 will be awarded to UK regulators and industry bodies to help them develop agreements with their international counterparts for UK professional qualifications to be recognised overseas. This will make it easier for UK businesses to export their services worldwide… click here

14. UK’s five-year delivery plan to restore nature and improve the quality of our air, waters and land

Plans to restore nature, improve environmental quality, and increase the prosperity of our country will be set out by the government this week as it publishes its Environmental Improvement Plan 2023. Building on the vision set out five years ago in the 25 Year Environment Plan, with new powers and duties from the Environment Act, Agriculture Act and Fisheries Act, it provides a comprehensive delivery plan for the government’s approach to halting and then reversing the decline in nature… click here

13. 100,000 British small businesses benefit from government-backed Start Up Loans

The government’s Start Up Loans scheme has achieved another landmark milestone as the 100,000th business loan is granted, bringing the total support given to firms to more than £941 million, it has been announced this week. The scheme, administered by the British Business Bank, offers financial support, guidance, and advice to entrepreneurs looking to start their own business. Business Minister Kevin Hollinrake visited the 100,000th recipient… click here

12. Mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B eliminated in England

“We are also paving the way for the elimination of hepatitis B and C, with England set to be one of the first countries in the world to wipe out these viruses.” England has succeeded in meeting the new World Health Organization (WHO) targets for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is a viral infection that affects the liver, and if untreated can lead to serious liver damage including cirrhosis, cancer as well as death. It is passed on through blood, semen and vaginal fluids. The majority of cases are in migrants who have acquired infection overseas in endemic countries prior to arrival in the UK. .. click here

11. BAE Systems launches recruitment drive for 100 engineers in Yorkshire for ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’

BAE Systems is ramping up recruitment at its site in Brough, Yorkshire in response to increased demands to support vital defence programmes which will provide next-generation capability for the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.  With a long history of aircraft manufacturing, Brough is now BAE Systems’ centre for digital engineering excellence and supports the delivery of some of the world’s most advanced defence programmes, such as Tempest, the next-generation combat aircraft and the Dreadnought submarine fleet… click here

10. Expansion of NHS 111 to transform patient access

Patients across Britain are set to receive an enhanced NHS 111 offer including increased access to specialist paediatric advice for children and direct access to urgent mental health support, as part of a blueprint set out this week. Parents and carers seeking health advice for children and young people using NHS 111 online or by calling NHS 111 will have increased access to specialist advice, including support from paediatric clinicians who can help them manage illness at home or decide the best route for their care… click here

9. £53 million cash boost to improve housing support for drug and alcohol recovery across England

People in alcohol and drug recovery will soon have access to housing support, helping to break the cycle of addiction and improve health outcomes. Up to £53 million will be allocated to 28 local authorities across all regions of England with the greatest need. The funding will allow for local authorities to create new housing support schemes tailored to meet local need. People in treatment for drug and alcohol dependence are often easier to support if their housing needs are addressed at the same time… click here

8. Sellafield contract gives £250 million boost to the northern economy

Two north west companies have won a share of a £249 million contract to supply steelwork to Sellafield. Severfield Nuclear and Infrastructure and William Hare have been appointed key delivery partners with the Sellafield Programme and Project Partners. The 17-year framework will see the Bolton and Bury based firms provide steelwork to major projects on the Cumbrian nuclear site. Sellafield is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the north, supporting 60,000 jobs. The birthplace of the UK nuclear industry… click here

7. UK ready to boost CPTPP’s economic clout, says Trade Minister on Asia-Pacific visit

Trade Minister Greg Hands is in Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore this week for high level trade talks on how the UK joining CPTPP will boost the economic clout of the world’s most dynamic trade bloc. The UK’s membership of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will add another like-minded partner and strong voice to this powerful alliance, taking the trade bloc’s GDP to £11 trillion… click here

6. Up to 1000 new jobs as Wren Kitchens announces new factory near Scunthorpe

The UK’s number one kitchen retailer, Wren Kitchens is set to create up to 1,000 jobs at a new factory near Scunthorpe after acquiring a 15-acre site from North Lincolnshire Council. Founded in 2009, the British manufacturer is now the UK’s largest kitchen retailer with over 100 stores nationwide and around 8,500 employees… click here

5. Thousands more vulnerable victims to avoid trauma of courtroom cross-examination under Raab’s new plans

Vulnerable victims in up to 4,600 cases involving crimes including sexual abuse and rape will be able to avoid giving their evidence in a full courtroom every year according to new estimates from the Ministry of Justice. The estimates are published alongside new legislation which will for the first-time mean barristers are paid specifically for this work as part of the Government’s £138 million extra annual investment in criminal legal aid… click here

4. Harland & Wolff to create 900 jobs after signing £800 million contract for delivery of three naval support ships

British shipbuilding giant Harland & Wolff is set to create 900 jobs and invest £77 million at its historic Belfast and Appledore shipyards after signing a sub-contract worth up to £800 million for the delivery of three naval support ships. Since its establishment in 1861, over 2000 ships, offshore vessels and various steel structures of all types and sizes have begun their life in Harland & Wolff’s Belfast and Appledore shipyards… click here

3. BREXIT GAINS: There is already a ‘surprisingly long list of achievements’ says Christopher Howarth

Three years after the UK left the EU and two years after exiting the Single Market, there is already a surprisingly long list of achievements including regaining legislative autonomy, ending annual payments for access to the Single Market and avoiding the ‘ever closer union’ of EU foreign and tax policy. The former Conservative candidate and special adviser in the Home Office explains how the UK Government has taken advantage of the opportunities that Brexit has so far afforded in the following ways… click here

2. Brits support idea of UK leaving European Convention on Human Rights shows new poll

A new poll has found more people support the idea of the UK leaving the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) than remaining in it. The People Polling poll for GB News comes on the third anniversary of the UK exiting the EU. When people were asked if they’d back leaving the ECHR to have better control over who comes in and out of the country, 38% said they agreed, and 32% disagreed – a net difference of six points. Among Conservative voters, 68% think the UK should leave the ECHR whereas 66% of Labour voters disagreed… click here 

1. ‘Ignore the anti-Brexit fanatics — Britain is doing just fine’ says Lord Hannan

Here are a couple of things you won’t be reading in the media. U.K. inflation, already well below the European Union’s level, fell again last month. Payroll jobs are up 1.8 million in the last two years, and median monthly earnings are up 14% over the same period. Foreign direct investment is higher than in any EU country, and unemployment is at its lowest level since records began… click here

For last week’s Top 20 Great British news stories (23rd – 29th January 2023).

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