Once again there’s been plenty of positive British news this week. You might not hear about it on a lot of the other news outlets, but remember positive things are happening across our great nation.
Keep checking in with the Conservative Post to see good news every day – the resurgence of British manufacturing, how our military is flying the flag across the world, positive policy making, global trade deals, our wonderful royals and many other things to be proud of.
Here are our 20 best read and most shared positive stories from just this week (16th – 22nd October 2023):
20. UK Space Agency to unlock space for British businesses as satellite services contribute £370 billion to UK economy
The UK Space Agency has launched a new programme to help businesses unlock the benefits of satellite data and services. Global satellite services currently support activity that contributes £370 billion to the UK economy, which is around 17.7% of our GDP. As the cost of accessing space continues to fall and the pace of innovation increases, a greater number of businesses now have the opportunity to harness the advantages offered by satellites… click here
People with an aggressive type of blood cancer, known as diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) are set to benefit from a potentially curative new treatment option on the NHS, with approval of the drug glofitamab. Glofitamab (also called Columvi®) is to be made available for patients with previously treated DLBCL which is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that develops in the glands, after being given the green light… click here
£3.9 million has been awarded to projects to improve the quality of training facilities to upskill the workforce and promote seafood careers, as well as build new and improved sea fishing infrastructure, Defra has announced this week. The funding is being delivered through the £100 million UK Seafood Fund, which is supporting the long term future and sustainability of the UK fisheries and seafood sector through investment in modern infrastructure, science and innovation, skills and training, and support for exports… click here
The UK has secured a two-year extension to rules which help British companies to access lower or zero tariffs when selling goods to South Korea. The extension has been secured under the UK-South Korea free trade agreement and comes as welcome news for businesses who can continue to avoid the high tariffs imposed by South Korea on products entering the country. It also comes ahead of the launch of negotiations on a new, modernised trade deal between the UK and South Korea which will cover new sectors like digital, expected before the end of the year… click here
UK military personnel from all three services have taken part in a major joint exercise in Southeast Asia this week, strengthening ties with military partners crucial to upholding stability in the region. Taking place 7,000 miles from the UK in Malaysia, the three-week exercise saw joint activity including combat air simulations, jungle warfare training, beach landings and coordinated naval gunfire support. Exercise Bersama Lima, which translates as “Together Five”, highlighted the integration of the five partner nations – the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand… click here
15. Business Secretary visits Aston Martin after announcing £9 million to drive innovation in UK auto tech industry
Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch visited Aston Martin’s HQ in Warwickshire this week, where she met with apprentices and senior leaders and learnt more about the company’s high-performance electrification strategy. The visit comes after the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) announced almost £9 million in government funding through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop Aston Martin’s EV technology – supporting over 2,500 local jobs and helping to grow the local economy… click here
A fundamental shake-up of the justice system that takes dangerous offenders off the streets for longer while rehabilitating lower risk offenders has been outlined by Lord Chancellor Alex Chalk. The Lord Chancellor confirmed plans to bring forward legislation to keep rapists, as well as the most serious sexual offenders, behind bars for the entirety of their sentences, making sure perpetrators of this awful crime do not walk out of prison before the last day of their custodial term. This builds on action already taken by the government to keep those who pose the greatest danger to society locked up and off our streets… click here
13. UK start-ups at European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre UK celebrate raising £200 million
UK start-ups at the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre UK (ESA BIC UK) have now raised more than £200 million in equity investment collectively. Since 2011, the ESA BIC UK has supported more than 130 UK start-ups and entrepreneurs. The start-ups and entrepreneurs have used space and satellite technologies to develop new products and services across a diverse and exciting range of sectors… click here
Start-ups across the UK will receive access to the latest scientific research, business coaching and help to raise capital from universities and business experts. Announced this week, seven organisations are to receive funding to run programmes to support tech and digital businesses. Local programmes in cities including Edinburgh, Exeter and Sheffield will be match-funded by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology’s Digital Growth Grant, delivered by Barclays Eagle Labs… click here
British machinery giant JCB currently has 22 factories around the world, including 11 in the UK, and others in India, Brazil and China. JCB has announced it is expanding its global manufacturing empire by building a new factory in North America which will create 1,500 new jobs over the next five years. The construction of the 720,000 sq ft (67,000m²) factory will begin early next year on a 400-acre site in San Antonio, Texas. The new facility will manufacture machines largely for customers in North America, the world’s biggest market for construction equipment… click here
£650 million package will help cement UK as world leader in development of innovative technology. Thousands of people across the UK will have the chance to train for careers in innovative fusion technology, under government plans unveiled this week. Speaking at the IAEA Fusion Energy Conference, Nuclear Minister Andrew Bowie set out details of the new £650 million Fusion Futures Programme – part of the UK’s updated Fusion Strategy. Measures include the creation of more than 2,200 training places across the country… click here
Over 1,600 arrests during county lines crackdown in national police operation last week, with over 100kg cannabis and £1.2 million of Class A drugs seized. Drug gangs across the UK were targeted in a national police operation last week, leading to 250 county lines being taken down and 1,613 arrests. The County Lines Intensification Week, coordinated by the NPCC-led National County Lines Coordination Centre (NCLCC), also saw 103kg of cannabis seized, alongside 40kg of Class A drugs worth over £1.2 million, 33 firearms, 377 bladed weapons, and over £1.2 million in cash… click here
UK to highlight the growing UK-Albania partnership which has helped to drive down small boats crossings by Albanian nationals by 90% on last year. The Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly will attend a Summit of Western Balkan and European leaders this week to urge them to preserve peace and stability amidst a growing number of tensions across the region. Cleverly will look to build on the success of the UK’s partnership with Albania and seek increased cooperation across the Western Balkans region to tackle the drivers of illegal migration… click here
The AI Standards Hub is boosting the UK’s global standing in AI (Artificial Intelligence) standards, with respondents recognising it as the top player globally, according to a report by Oxford Information Labs. The AI Standard Hub, the first body of its kind anywhere in the world, has helped the UK have an internationally recognised voice in the development of AI-related standards, a new independent report has found. Since its launch, the UK’s AI Standards Hub has solidified the UK’s position to have a real-world impact on the AI standardisation landscape… click here
The government has set out reforms for the wine sector which will begin in 2024 and take advantage of our freedoms outside of the EU. The new reforms to the UK’s wine industry will drive investment, growth and jobs, Food and Drink Minister Mark Spencer announced this week. The UK wine market was worth over £10 billion in 2022 in off-trade and on-trade sales, and the UK’s developing domestic production sector has attracted significant global investment… click here
Construction has begun on a huge new ship build hall that will transform and enhance shipbuilding in Glasgow. The new ship build hall at the Govan shipyard will shortly begin to take shape now that the basin has been filled and piling has begun. Measuring 170m long and 80m wide, this vast facility will be large enough for two Type 26 frigates to be constructed side-by-side. Last November, BAE Systems secured a £4.2 billion contract with the Ministry of Defence to build five more Type 26 ships… click here
4. MADE IN UK: Sheffield Forgemasters welcome new apprentices to their world-leading manufacturing facility
Sheffield Forgemasters has welcomed 24 new apprentices for 2023, as it progresses development on one of the world’s most advanced manufacturing facilities. The company is investing heavily over the next ten years to support its defence-critical assets, including a new 13,000 tonne Forge line and building, 17 major machine tool replacements within a new machining facility, which will be unmatched outside of the UK… click here
The UK has a new ship dedicated to monitoring the ocean depths. The UK has commemorated the arrival of Royal Fleet Auxiliary Proteus, the country’s first ship dedicated to underwater surveillance, equipped with advanced capabilities and remotely-operated vehicles for seabed warfare operations. Dedicated at a ceremony in the heart of the nation’s capital, RFA Proteus will serve as the launchpad for remotely operated vehicles and a home to a suite of specialist capabilities similar to those found in the oil and gas industries… click here
A man who was arrested by the National Crime Agency has been jailed for 11 years for leading a small boats people smuggling network believed to have been involved in smuggling around 10,000 people to the UK. Hewa Rahimpur, aged 30 and originally from Iran, was directing the network from his home in Ilford, east London, sourcing the boats in Turkey and having them delivered to locations in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands… click here
London has overtaken Paris to regain its crown as Europe’s largest stock market. According to the Bloomberg Index, the market value of stocks in London is now £2.39 trillion ($2.888.4 trillion), compared to Paris’s $2.887.5 trillion. It comes after the London Stock Exchange (LSE) has been boosted in recent months by British energy giants BP and Shell, which have seen their values rise from surging oil prices. Meanwhile, Paris has seen nearly $270 billion wiped off the combined market values of luxury brands… click here
For last week’s top 20 Great British news stories (9th – 15th October 2023) click here.
By Claire Bullivant
Conservative Post, Founder and Editor
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