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

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World-leading British innovation, huge investments in British tech, Freeports green-lit, new jobs created, global contract wins 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 (20th – 26th March 2023):

20. NHS rolls out 17 new centres of excellence for women during pregnancy

Pregnant women with serious medical problems will now have access to specialist treatment centres across the country. The 17 new centres of excellence will help women with pre-existing medical conditions, or conditions that arise during pregnancy to quickly get the extra care they might need. As part of the NHS commitment to halve the maternal mortality rate by 2025, a wide ranging team will be on hand to provide specialist medical advice before during and after pregnancy… click here

19. MADE IN UK: London Electric Vehicle Company celebrates 10,000 vehicles

LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) is celebrating the significant milestone of producing its 10,000th vehicle at its state-of-the-art factory in Ansty, Coventry this week. LEVC has manufactured the TX – the world’s most advanced electric taxi – at its groundbreaking facility since 2017. Since the first TX taxi was delivered in January 2018 in London, 10,000 vehicles have now been built and sold throughout multiple global markets, from Paris to Madrid, Cairo to Tokyo… click here

18. Millions awarded to develop UK’s cutting-edge farming technology

Robotic crop harvesting, a new way of cultivating potatoes and an autonomous cow bedding system receive share of funding. Three cutting-edge projects will receive a share of £9.13 million in government funding to carry out research and development on proposals to boost agricultural productivity, sustainability and climate resilience, it has been announced today. The funding will support projects developing robotic crop harvesting for horticulture, an autonomous system to change cows’ bedding to improve their health, welfare and productivity, and a more environmentally-friendly approach to potato cultivation… click here

17. London hosts major international war crimes meeting as UK boosts support for International Criminal Court

Justice ministers from around the world convened in London this week to boost international support for the independent International Criminal Court’s (ICC) vital investigations into war crimes. Over 40 nations were represented at the meeting, hosted by UK Deputy Prime Minister, Dominic Raab, and the Netherlands Minister for Justice and Security, Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius, at Lancaster House in central London this week… click here

16. NHS COVID-19 app saved estimated 10,000 lives in its first year, research finds

A team of experts at the Pandemic Sciences Institute at the University of Oxford and Department of Statistics at the University of Warwick estimate the NHS COVID-19 app prevented around 1 million cases, 44,000 hospitalisations and 9,600 deaths during its first year. The new research, published in Nature Communications, is the most comprehensive evaluation of the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app to date… click here

15. UK unlocks key technologies to improve food security, reduce pesticide use and enhance crop climate-resilience

New legislation unlocks key technologies to improve UK food security, reduce pesticide use, and enhance climate-resilience in our crops. The Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Act passed into law this week, a major step in unlocking growth and innovation in new technologies, reinforcing food security in the face of climate change and ensuring England becomes a world-leader in agri-food innovation. The Act will set in motion changes to allow farmers to grow crops which are drought and disease resistant… click here

14. Another major broadband rollout to benefit 45,000 rural homes and businesses in Cambridgeshire

Across the UK, 73.5% of premises are now able to access gigabit-capable broadband, up from 6% in early 2019, according to thinkbroadband. Project Gigabit is the government’s flagship £5 billion programme to enable hard-to-reach communities to access lightning-fast gigabit-capable broadband. The programme targets homes and businesses that are not included in broadband suppliers’ plans, reaching parts of the UK that might otherwise miss out on getting the digital connectivity they need… click here

13. Second cohort of Ukrainian artillery recruits finish British Army training on formidable UK weaponry

The second cohort of Ukrainian artillery recruits have now finished their training from the British Army on the formidable AS90 155mm self-propelled gun this week. The programme is part of the UK’s enduring commitment to support Ukraine in its fight against Russia. Over 1,000 UK service personnel are involved in implementing the programme, which is taking place at MOD sites across the North West, South West and South East of the UK. Training on the AS90 is happening at a specialist facility under the control of the Royal School of Artillery and is conducted by officers and soldiers of the Royal Regiment of Artillery… click here

12. £100 million R&D levelling up funding awarded to accelerate innovation across Britain

The Innovation Accelerators programme is investing £100 million in 26 projects to accelerate the growth of three high-potential innovation clusters across the UK. The £100 million will accelerate the growth of three high-potential innovation clusters in Glasgow, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands. Three city regions in Glasgow, Greater Manchester and West Midlands were chosen… click here

11. New support network launched for thousands of UK businesses playing leading roles in Los Angeles

The British Consulate General in Los Angeles has launched a new network to support UK companies in greater Los Angeles. The initiative comes as the third annual UK Foreign Direct Investment in California report, published by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation in partnership with the British Consulate General in Los Angeles, confirms that more than 2,300 UK enterprises have set up in California, sustaining nearly 100,000 jobs. More than half of these jobs (approximately 52,500) are located in the five-county greater Los Angeles area… click here

10. Trailblazing devolution deal signed giving West Midlands more control over transport, skills and housing

The Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove and West Midlands Mayor Mayor Andy Street have signed a landmark deeper devolution deal for the West Midlands putting more cash and power in the hands of local leaders. Mr Gove and Mr Street this week signed the deal for the West Midlands, marking a seismic shift in power, funding and responsibility from Whitehall to the region. The deal puts more cash and power in the hands of local leaders to invest in the priorities that local communities truly care about, such as better bus and train services, skills and housing… click here

9. UK and Kenya hold first-ever Economic Partnership Agreement Council to secure jobs and increase trade

The UK is the first country outside of Africa to enter into a trade agreement with Kenya, the East African Community’s largest economy. UK-Kenya bilateral trade is already worth KES 167bn (£1.1bn) per annum, with capacity for significant growth. This week, the UK Minister for International Trade Nigel Huddleston met with Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Investments, Trade and Industry, Moses Kuria, in London at the first-ever UK-Kenya Economic Partnership Council Meeting… click here

8. Leading UK bosses join mission to get thousands more prisoners into work

More than 90 business experts have been enlisted as prison employment advisors to help drive thousands of prison leavers into work and away from a life of crime. Bosses from top firms including the Co-op, Greggs, Iceland, and Oliver Bonas have now been appointed as Employment Advisory Board chairs in all 92 resettlement prisons, which help prepare prisoners nearing the end of their sentence for release into the community… click here

7. British machinery giant wins its biggest ever UK order

JCB has won its biggest ever deal in the UK after rental firm Morris Leslie Plant Hire placed an order for £87.5 million worth of machines – including a big fleet of 3CX backhoe loaders. The British company employs more than 8,000 staff and last year made more than 100,000 machines, a company record, with demand remaining at unprecedented levels across the world. This huge new order from the Perth-based Morris Leslie, which operates nationally, includes a bumper deal for 50 JCB backhoe loaders, at a time when new figures show a resurgence in demand for backhoes in the UK, with the market growing by more than 12 per cent in 2022… click here

6. England’s victorious World Cup cricket team receive heroes welcome to Downing Street

Members of the victorious England Men’s ICC T20 Cricket World Cup team today visited 10 Downing Street. They were joined by young people participating in the ACE programme, a scheme to improve talent pathways for aspiring black cricketers, who played cricket in the Downing Street garden. Professional players including Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Dawid Malan, Chris Woakes and head coach Matthew Mott were in attendance. They presented the Prime Minister with an England shirt signed by the entire team… click here

5. BUILT IN BRITAIN: UK’s leading emergency vehicle builder delivers armoured ambulances to Ukraine

The UK’s leading emergency vehicle builder Venari UK has delivered the first 8 of 14 armoured ambulances to Ukraine, procured by Directorate of Defence – Luxembourg as part of their ongoing support for Ukraine’s war efforts. The British built ambulances are being deployed to Ukraine to support the brave medics working on the frontline. When the Ukrainian Embassy in London contacted Venari’s CEO Oliver North last year… click here

4. UK signs historic trade deal with Ukraine as part of enhanced support

The UK this week signed a pivotal digital trade deal with Ukraine that will support the country’s economy and greatly enhance the UK-Ukraine trade and investment relationship. The Department for Business and Trade today hosted a number of Ukrainian ministers, as well as 200 UK and international businesses and officials, at Mansion House to lay the foundation for closer future co-operation. The Road to Ukraine Recovery Conference, geared towards supporting Ukraine’s National Recovery Plan and mobilising UK businesses to engage in future Ukraine reconstruction projects, opened with a welcome from the Business and Trade Secretary… click here

3. LEVELLING UP: Government confirms two new Freeports for Wales creating jobs and driving growth

The government has confirmed two new Freeports, one in Anglesey and one in Port Talbot and Milford Haven, have been successful in their bids. The two new Freeports will help to create jobs, drive growth and level up opportunities across Wales, the government has announced this week. The new sites are estimated to bring forward almost £5 billion in private and public investment and create over 20,000 new, high-skilled jobs, backed by up to £26 million each in UK Government funding… click here

2. BRITISH INNOVATION: JCB’S super-efficient hydrogen engines make international debut

JCB’S £100 million project to produce super-efficient hydrogen engines has been given its international debut at one of the world’s biggest construction equipment fairs. A team of 150 engineers is working on the pioneering initiative to develop hydrogen combustion engines – and more than 50 prototypes have already been manufactured at JCB’s UK engine plant. The wraps came off the brand new JCB hydrogen combustion engine – the company’s zero-carbon emissions solution for construction and agricultural equipment – at the Conexpo 2023 show earlier this month in Las Vegas… click here

1. 12,000 jobs and huge investment boost for Thames region as Freeport gets green light

Thames Freeport has received final government sign off this week, unlocking new high-quality jobs and much-needed investment. Thames Freeport estimates that it will generate over 12,000 new jobs, and as a gateway to London, its hubs are well placed to provide global shipping routes for exporting UK produced goods and importing vital products for supply chains Taking full advantage of the freedoms of leaving the EU, businesses in Freeports are offered generous tax incentives and a simplified customs procedure, unlocking much-needed investment and high-quality jobs… click here

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

By Claire Bullivant

Conservative Post, Founder and Editor

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