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

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New factories being built, new jobs created, world-leading innovation, fishing records being smashed and winning the war on woke…

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 (20th – 26th February 2023):

20. UK and Slovakia step up cooperation in security and trade

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly and Slovak Foreign Minister Rastislav Káčer have signed a joint declaration on closer cooperation in London. The UK and Slovakia have signalled their joint commitment to continue providing military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, in the week that marks one year since the start of Putin’s illegal invasion. As NATO allies, the ministers agreed to deepen defence cooperation to protect European security, as well as stepping up work together to counter disinformation and malicious cyber activity… click here

19. NHS pilots artificial intelligence software to cut missed hospital appointments

Artificial intelligence (AI) that predicts likely missed appointments and offers back-up bookings will be piloted by the NHS in a bid to maximise resources and potentially save billions. Through algorithms and anonymised data, the technology breaks down the reasons why someone may not attend an appointment – using a range of external insights including the weather, traffic and jobs. The appointments are then arranged for the most convenient time for patients… click here

18. Bold plan to protect long-term future of English football

Football fans and their clubs will be given greater protections under a radical transformation of the rules governing how football is run in England. For the first time, a new independent regulator for the men’s elite game will be established in law to oversee the financial sustainability of the game and put fans back at the heart of how football is run. The regulator will implement a new licensing system from the top flight down to the National League, requiring clubs to demonstrate sound financial business… click here

17. New figures show highest level of energy bill support reach vulnerable households

New official statistics show record numbers of households took up the government support on offer for energy bills. A record amount of government support reached some of the country’s most vulnerable households in January, as those on traditional prepayment meters (PPM) redeemed more energy bill support vouchers than at any other point in the scheme so far… click here

16. Popular Fisherman’s path in Wales repaired thanks to special delivery by Welsh Highland Railway

After winter storms and high river levels washed away a 100 metre section of the Fisherman’s path, the Welsh Highland Railway swapped its cargo of tourists for stone, reverting to its original purpose for a day.  National Trust Cymru and Welsh Highland Railway team up to restore Fisherman’s Path at Aberglaslyn Pass in Beddgelert, Eryri (Snowdonia)… click here

15. UK’s fifth new Astute-Class attack submarine sails from BAE Systems’ shipyard ready for sea trials

HMS Anson, the fifth Astute Class submarine, has sailed from Barrow-in-Furness to begin her journey to His Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde. The Astute submarines are recognised as the most technologically advanced attack submarines ever operated by the Royal Navy. The first four Astute-Class submarines – HMS Astute, HMS Ambush, HMS Artful and HMS Audacious – are already in service with the Royal Navy… click here

14. £56 million of public and industry funding electrifies chargepoint plans across the country

UK drivers will benefit from an additional £56 million in public and industry funding for increasing electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints across the country. This week’s announcement by Transport Minister Jesse Norman will help deliver up to a further 2,400 chargepoints set to be installed in the short term, while working to support local councils to deliver tens of thousands more in the long term… click here

13. UK leads Western Europe’s largest cyber warfare exercise

The largest Western Europe-led cyber exercise has taken place in Tallinn with 34 teams from 11 countries, including Ukraine, taking part in a live-fire cyber battle. Organised by a team of cyber specialists from the British Army, Defence Cyber Marvel 2 (DCM2) was the culmination of more than 12 months of training for more than 750 cyber specialists, including Defence personnel, government agencies, industry partners, and other nations… click here

12. Plans announced for state-of-the-art green hydrogen facility at Wrightbus in Northern Ireland

Plans have been unveiled for an innovative multi-million pound green hydrogen production facility at the Northern Ireland headquarters of globally renowned sustainable bus manufacturer Wrightbus. Based in Ballymena, the UK company introduced the world’s first hydrogen-powered double deck bus in 2020, and also produces electric-powered single and double-deck buses for export globally… click here

11. £5 million in contracts awarded to fund innovations that enhance veterans’ healthcare

22 projects have won funding as a result of the DASA Themed Competition, Veterans’ Health Innovation Fund, run on behalf of the Office for Veterans’ Affairs. The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), and the Office for Veterans’ Affairs (Cabinet Office) have announced that 22 projects have won a share of over £5 million in funding to develop cutting edge veterans’ healthcare technologies… click here

10. UK launches new plan to protect women and girls in conflict across the world

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly and Minister of State for the Armed Forces James Heappey have this week launched the UK’s new five-year strategy for protecting women and girls in conflict. Conflict continues to have a disproportionate impact on women and girls. Higher rates of sexual violence occur during conflict and more than half of preventable maternal deaths take place in settings of conflict and displacement… click here

9. UK FISHING: Brixham smashes record with £60 million sales

According to UK Fishing News, Brixham fishmarket saw a record-breaking £60.8 million-worth of fish auctioned during 2022, reports Paul Scott. The amount smashes its previous record of £43.6 million, set in 2021, and includes a first-ever £2 million week for the market, recorded in September. Barry Young, managing director of Brixham Trawler Agents (BTA), said that factors including coming out of Covid, the post-Brexit environment, record fuel prices and the cost of living crisis meant that 2022… click here

8. Construction starts at Manchester government hub as ‘cyber corridor’ plans accelerate

Minister for the Cabinet Office Jeremy Quin has announced more than 1,000 government roles have moved to Manchester from London as he breaks ground on the Government Property Agency’s new First Street Hub. The hub, which was announced last summer, will provide a new home for more than 2,500 civil servants, including 700 roles relocated from London under the government’s Places for Growth programme… click here

7. British Steel to become world leader in machining of Special Profiles

A new milling machine at the heart of a £26 million upgrade to British Steel’s Special Profiles business is under construction. The travelling-column machining centre is currently being built and will be delivered to British Steel’s Skinningrove site this year. The Uniforce 4000 five-axis machine will be situated in the company’s new forklift mast service centre which is currently under construction… click here

6. Government action to supercharge competitiveness in key British industries

300 businesses across the UK will benefit from the British Industry Supercharger: targeted measures to ensure the energy costs for key UK industries are in line with other major economies around the world – levelling the playing field for British companies across Europe. The support will be made available to sectors particularly exposed to the cost of electricity, such as steel, metals, chemicals and paper. These industries employ around 400,000 skilled workers right across the UK, and support many more in their supply chains… click here

5. Defence giant Lockheed Martin to build first satellite factory outside the US on British soil creating 2000 jobs

US Defence giant Lockheed Martin plans to build its first satellite factory outside the US on British soil in a boost to the growing UK space industry. This would be the company’s first such site outside the US and is expected to create 2,000 UK jobs. According to sources, Lockheed Martin sees the UK as a growing market for the space sector thanks to spaceports in Cornwall and Shetland that are now offering local launch capabilities… click here

4. Increased government funding to boost British farming productivity

More than £168 million in grants will be available to farmers this year to drive innovation, support food production, improve animal health and welfare and protect the environment. Speaking at the National Farmers’ Union conference in Birmingham, Farming Minister Mark Spencer will set out how the grants will drive the development of new technology and innovative ways of farming, with a focus on practical solutions that advance food productivity and deliver significant environmental and animal welfare benefits… click here

3. UK inflation slows further than expected and could return to 2% by autumn

Ernst & Young (EY) predict UK inflation could reach almost 3% by the end of the year and Citigroup forecasts it could return to 2% by autumn, helped by a continued decline in wholesale energy prices. Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation continued to fall in January due to lower air fares, another significant fall in petrol prices, and strong base effects weighing on core inflation. Citi Group said this week that consumer price inflation was likely to fall to 2.3 per cent in November, well below the Bank of England’s forecast that it would remain around 4 per cent in the fourth quarter of the year… click here

2. Number one priority is to fix illegal immigration and ‘nothing is being ruled out’ says Suella Braverman

Home Secretary Suella Braverman says her number one priority is to fix illegal immigration – and that “nothing was being ruled out” when it came to dealing with the small boats’ crisis. In her first major TV interview since returning to her job as Home Secretary, Ms Braverman admitted the current situation was “unacceptable.” Speaking to Liam Halligan on GB News, Ms Braverman also told how it was time to start asking legitimate questions about how the ECHR operates in Britain… click here

1. Puffin backs down on censorship of Roald Dahl books as Camilla champions freedom of expression

The Queen Consort has forced publisher Puffin to back down on its censorship of Roald Dahl books after she intervened in the row over their decision to edit his words. After it emerged Roald Dahl’s best-selling children’s books were being rewritten to remove language considered offensive, Camilla gave an impassioned defence of free speech and the right of writers to express themselves… click here

For last week’s Top 20 Great British news stories (13th – 19th February 2023) click here.

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