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Here are our 15 best read and most shared positive news stories from the last seven days (31st October – 6th November 2022):

15. New bill paves way for UK to become best place in world to invest in agri-food research

Legislation to unlock new technologies to boost food production and support farmers to grow more productive crops will return to Parliament this week – paving the way for Britain to become the best place in the world to invest in agri-food research and innovation. By introducing a more proportionate and science-based regulatory system for precision-bred plants and animals, it will unlock opportunities to develop crops that are more resilient against disease and the effects of climate change such as drought and flooding, and less reliant on pesticides… click here

14. ‘Great British companies like Wrightbus take full advantage of the opportunities exporting opens up’ says Kemi Badenoch

Great British companies like Wrightbus are taking full advantage of the opportunities exporting opens up. UK Export Finance-backed funding will open up the world’s first hydrogen-powered, zero carbon double deck bus, to new markets worldwide. Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch MP said: “I am proud the Government is supporting British firms to go further, exporting their cutting-edge clean technology to new markets, cutting emissions and boosting jobs across the United Kingdom”… click here

13. Medal-laden week for Britain in combat sports around the globe

Jade Jones, Lucy Renshall and Caden Cunningham helped spearhead a medal-laden week for Britain in combat sports around the globe. Judoka Renshall struck a brilliant Grand Slam gold in Abu Dhabi while two-time Olympic taekwondo champion Jones grabbed World Grand Prix silver in Manchester, with Cunningham also grabbing a silver medal. Fellow taekwondo stars Lauren Williams and Bradly Sinden also bagged bronzes in the north-west while Renshall’s judo teammates Natalie Powell and Jemima Yeats-Brown similarly claimed medals in the Middle East… click here

12. UK leads the way on ending plastic pollution

The Environment Secretary has this week started talks with businesses, environmental groups, scientists and civil society on shaping a legally-binding global treaty that aims to end plastic pollution by 2040. Plastic pollution is one of the greatest global environmental challenges we currently face and it is predicted that unless action is taken there will be a threefold increase in the amount of plastic flowing into the ocean between 2016 and 2040. The UK Government is running a series of dialogue meetings, which will be key in strengthening the UK’s leading voice at the treaty negotiations… click here

11. UK and Japan sign deal to strengthen cooperation in the area of digital government

This week the UK and Japan have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) to deepen ties on digital government transformation. The MoC establishes links between the UK’s Government Digital Service (GDS) and Japan’s Digital Agency. The two agencies will work together to exchange knowledge and strategies to promote the adoption, design and diffusion of digital tools and services across public sectors in the UK and Japan… click here

10. NDA invests £7 million into Industrial Solutions Hub in Cumbria creating 700 jobs

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has pledged £7 million for Cumbria’s Industrial Solutions Hub (iSH), a project designed to stimulate the local economy, creating diverse jobs, skills and training opportunities. The new campus will create around 700 new job opportunities and is set to generate an additional £40 million per year of revenue for local businesses. The NDA says it is committed to investing in those communities where it is progressing its nuclear decommissioning mission and this funding… click here

9. NHS offers life-changing bionic arms to all amputees in England

Amputees will be able to access life-changing bionic arms which can mimic real hand movements, the NHS announced this week. The newly available bionic arms – controlled by electrical brain signals – have multi-grip capabilities, enabling a greater range of movements to make day-to-day tasks easier. The NHS will make the technology available to every patient across England who needs it, following two independent reviews into their use and the successful rollout for veterans… click here

8. 150 jobs up for grabs at British machinery giant JCB as apprentice scheme opens

More than 150 new jobs for apprentices and graduates are up for grabs at JCB as the company this week launches its application process for its hugely successful Early Careers Programme. The Staffordshire digger giant has this week begun inviting applications for its 2023 intake, with competition expected to be fierce after more than 2,000 people applied for places last year… click here

7. £95 million to cement UK’s standing as leader in advanced materials research and innovation

Business Secretary Grant Shapps has announced a second phase of EPSRC funding for the Henry Royce Institute, the UK’s advanced materials research institute. The £95 million announced this week will help to cement the UK’s standing as a leader in advanced materials research, development and innovation. The Royce was formed in 2014 with a £235 million government investment through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council… click here

6. UK’s largest independent cheese producer now exporting to over 160 countries

Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer, has received support from UK Export Finance (UKEF) and Barclays to help finance its Cheddar stock as its export sales have gone from strength to strength now exporting in over 160 countries. Trade Secretary, Kemi Badenoch said: “I am delighted to see our first-class food producers take full advantage of opportunities outside the EU that trade opens up”… click here

5. Hydrogen technology designed by leading UK bus manufacturer to power public transport in Brisbane

Hydrogen technology designed by leading UK bus manufacturer Wrightbus will be powering public transport on the streets of Brisbane in a deal with the Queensland government. Wrightbus, through its partnership with Australian bus body manufacturer Volgren, will provide bus operator Transdev with its hydrogen fuel cell powertrain technology and chassis for the manufacture of two zero-emission hydrogen buses… click here

4. BAE Systems awarded £80 million in Typhoon avionics support contracts

British aerospace manufacturer, BAE Systems will not only continue to service and support the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft’s avionics for the platform’s founding nations’ air force in the UK but also in Germany, Spain and Italy, for the next five years. The agreements, worth £80 million, secure ongoing service and repairs for key avionics equipment such as displays, flight controls, and Helmet Mounted Displays, ensuring that the Typhoon is ready for deployment at all times… click here

3. Suspected Albanian people smugglers arrested in joint UK and Belgian Federal Police operation

Three people have been arrested after a joint operation between the National Crime Agency and the Belgian Federal Police foiled an attempt to smuggle migrants to the UK using a high-powered rigid hulled inflatable boat. Belgian officers arrested two men, aged 34 and 44 from Basingstoke, on suspicion of people smuggling offences as they arrived on the coast near Nieuwpoort at 4.30am on Sunday 30 October. Twelve migrants, believed to be Albanian nationals, were also detained… click here

2. Redevelopment of Honda’s former plant in Swindon worth £1.2 billion will create 9000 new jobs

A £700 million redevelopment of Honda’s former plant in Swindon is expected to create more than 9000 jobs and contribute £1.2 billion to the town’s economy. Ten new factories and warehouses are set to be built at the South Marston. Originally purchased by the Japanese car manufacturer in 1985, the site was sold to Panattoni last year, Europe’s largest developer of new build industrial and logistics facilities who are claiming their redevelopment will bring £1.2 billion benefit to Swindon’s economy… click here

1. BREXIT FACT: Pound has outperformed the Euro since UK left Single Market and Customs Union

After much doom and gloom in the mainstream media about the pound falling in value last month against the dollar, official data from the Bank of England and the European Central Bank shows the Euro has in fact fallen consistently more. Commenting the report, former Secretary of State and former Single Market Minister, the Rt Hon Sir John Redwood MP, said: “THE EURO HAS BEEN WEAKER THAN THE POUND AGAINST THE VERY STRONG DOLLAR…. THE UK CAN NOW INVEST MORE TO PUSH TO SELF SUFFICIENCY JUST AS THE US HAS DONE”… click here

For last week’s Top 15 Great British news stories (24th – 30th October 2022) click here.

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By Claire Bullivant

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Main photo credit: Two Royal Air Force Typhoons. Photographer: Flt Lt Donovan. UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022. OGL (Open Government License).

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