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

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Here are our 20 best read and most shared positive stories from just this week (6th – 12th November 2023): 

20. UK dairy industry to be boosted by new export programme

The Department for Business and Trade has launched the Dairy Export Programme designed to help grow agri-food exports in overseas markets. The UK dairy industry is among the best in the world and is renowned for being ambitious and innovative, with SMEs making up a large proportion of the sector and exporting over £2 billion of goods a year to over 135 countries. The UK’s dairy industry is set to be boosted by a brand-new programme to increase exports… click here

19. UK takes leadership role in the fight to remove space junk

“This is an exciting opportunity for the UK space sector.  In-orbit servicing is expected to be a key tool in ensuring the long-term sustainability of the outer space environment, so these refuelling studies will support our desire to make satellite operation a lot more sustainable and demonstrate UK leadership in tackling the increasing risks caused by space debris.” The UK Space Agency is funding research into refuelling an upcoming mission to remove space junk, which could help prolong the life of satellites and prevent adding more debris to the space environment… click here  

18. Skills training to be transformed with innovative projects across the UK   

People across the country set to benefit from more skills training, with £200 million to help them launch careers in key industries. People seeking careers in growing sectors such as green energy, digital and construction will be able to access improved skills training, helping them secure good jobs closer to home. More than £200 million has been announced this week to support colleges and universities to offer more training opportunities in key industries, such as the growing green sector… click here

17. £300 million capital investment into Derbyshire’s PEAK Resort project

A huge tourism project in Derbyshire has taken a big leap forward after a revised planning application was submitted. The Gateway at PEAK is a giant development on a 300-acre plot near Unstone, in north Derbyshire and is phase one of a £300 million capital investment into the UK’s post-Brexit visitor economy. Due to open in Winter 2026, it will be built on a low carbon infrastructure, with the ambition of generating its own energy and processing its own waste with a zero-carbon transport service connecting visitors to attractions in the Peak District National Park, without the need for their car… click here

16. New Welsh Export Champions announced by UK Government

Nine new Export Champions for Wales have been announced by the UK Government at the start of International Trade Week 2023. Representing key sectors in the Welsh economy including manufacturing, AI and FinTech, the new Export Champions will promote the benefits of exporting and encourage other companies across Wales to consider selling to overseas markets. This will be done by taking part in trade events, sharing their exporting stories with those in their sector and providing advice to other businesses about how to break into new markets abroad… click here

15. Northern Ireland Minister hails green innovation at leading UK manufacturer Wrightbus

Northern Ireland Office Minister Steve Baker has visited groundbreaking UK zero-emissions transport manufacturer Wrightbus to hear about the company’s plans for the future. Mr Baker met with Wrightbus CEO Jean-Marc Gales at the company’s Northern Ireland headquarters in Ballymena. Mr Baker was given a tour of the factory, the only one in Europe producing double- and single-deck battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell buses. He spoke to the team about business opportunities in the UK and overseas, recruitment and the development of hydrogen as a clean energy source… click here

14. British company to build world’s first in-space manufacturing platform

A British SME is building the world’s first in-space manufacturing platform that will be used to create crucial components of defence capabilities. Technology used in radars and frontline battlefield communications could be manufactured in space, after an injection of funding to a British company. Space Forge, based in South Wales, is building the world’s first in-space manufacturing platform that can be returned back to Earth and has been awarded £499,000 as part of a collaborative project with Northrop Grumman under the MOD’s Defence Technology Exploitation Programme… click here

13. UK cracks down on gold and oil networks propping up Russia’s war economy

29 individuals and entities operating in and supporting Russia’s gold and oil sectors have been sanctioned by the UK this week. New listings include both Russian oligarchs and businesses, and third country enablers fuelling Russia’s war revenues. Russia’s gold and oil markets have close ties to the Kremlin and serve as critical revenue streams for its illegal invasion of Ukraine. Gold is a significant income stream for Russia’s war effort – one of the highest by value after oil and gas, worth £12.6 billion to the Russian economy… click here

12. Close defence ties with US reaffirmed as minister visits British aircraft carrier off the coast of Virginia

The Minister for the Armed Forces visited the US this week for talks with key officials and political leaders to reaffirm the UK’s deep defence and security relationship with the US – one of the closest such partnerships between any two nations in the world. James Heappey MP, said: THE UK’S DEFENCE AND SECURITY RELATIONSHIP WITH THE USA IS UNIQUELY CLOSE, AND THE SIGHT OF BRITISH AND AMERICAN AIRCRAFT LANDING ON A BRITISH AIRCRAFT CARRIER STATIONED OFF AMERICA’S COASTLINE IS THE PERFECT DEMONSTRATION OF THE DEPTH OF THAT ALLIANCE... click here

11. India and Georgia to be added to the UK’s ‘safe states’ list in a key step in delivery of the Illegal Migration Act

The Government will add India and Georgia to a list of safe states to speed up process of returning people who have travelled from either country illegally. Draft legislation laid in Parliament this week will strengthen the immigration system and help prevent abuse, including by people making unfounded protection claims. This marks another next step in the delivery of the Illegal Migration Act 2023 and Government’s plan to stop the boats… click here

10. New opportunities for North Sea oil and gas to bolster UK’s energy security and reduce dependence on imports

Government to mandate annual oil and gas licensing to bolster UK’s energy security and reduce dependence on imports from overseas. Certainty on future licensing will help secure 200,000 jobs and billions in tax receipts. The Government is taking further steps to support the UK’s transition to net zero in a pragmatic, proportionate and realistic way, confirming new licensing opportunities that will protect British jobs and bolster energy security, reducing the UK’s reliance on imports from hostile foreign regimes such as Russia… click here 

9. Progress of landmark UK-Japan treaties driven forward as Defence Secretary visits Tokyo

Driving forward advanced technology and cooperating closely to promote freedom and democracy is at the heart of the defence relationship between the UK and Japan, which Defence Secretary Grant Shapps has hailed this week in a meeting with his counterpart in Tokyo. The Defence Secretary met Minister of Defense Minoru Kihara, for a series of meetings to further progress on two major treaties which will increase interoperability between the UK Armed Forces and Japan Self Defence Forces and cement our commitment to shared security… click here

8. British Steel unveils ambitious £1.25 billion proposal for biggest transformation in its history

British Steel unveiled ambitious plans for the biggest transformation in its history – a £1.25-billion proposal to become a clean, green and sustainable business by adopting electric arc furnace steelmaking. Following detailed analysis of its current operations, available technology and challenging market conditions, the company is proposing to accelerate its decarbonisation programme. The proposals could see British Steel install two electric arc furnaces (EAFs) – the first at its headquarters in Scunthorpe, the second at its manufacturing site in Teesside… click here

7. Tens of thousands of women set to benefit from ‘repurposed’ NHS drug to prevent breast cancer

Tens of thousands more women at increased risk of breast cancer could now benefit from a proven risk-reducing drug on the NHS, after it was licensed in a new use to help prevent the disease. Anastrozole, which has been used for many years as a breast cancer treatment, has this week been licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) as a preventive option – which it is hoped could help prevent around 2,000 cases of breast cancer in England… click here

6. Strike laws to be passed to protect vital public services over Christmas

Minimum service level regulations for rail workers, ambulance staff and border security staff will be laid in parliament to mitigate disruption and ensure vital public services continue if strikes are called, the government has announced this week. The legislation brings us in line with countries like France, Italy, Spain, and the US where public services reliably continue during strikes. The International Labour Organisation also recognises Minimum Service Levels as a sensible solution to protect the public from serious consequences of strikes… click here

5. G7 to stand united for ‘freedom, democracy and the sovereignty of nations around the world’

G7 united in response to conflicts in Middle East and Ukraine as Foreign Secretary travels to Japan. At the G7 conference in Tokyo, the Foreign Secretary met G7 Foreign Ministers, including the Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Yōko Kamikawa, to also discuss the UK’s long-term commitment to the Indo-Pacific region. Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said: THE UK AND OUR ALLIES ARE MEETING TO DISCUSS THE CRISIS IN ISRAEL AND GAZA AND AVOIDING FURTHER REGIONAL ESCALATIONS… click here 

4. 30,000 Ukrainian recruits trained in largest UK military training effort since Second World War

Total number of Ukrainian soldiers trained under UK Armed Forces programmes is now more than 52,000. More than 30,000 ordinary Ukrainian men and women have trained to become soldiers under the largest military training programme of its kind on British soil since the Second World War. Ahead of schedule, the UK-led Op Interflex has reached the milestone of 30,000 recruits trained in the UK since June 2022 – taking the total number of trained Ukrainian soldiers to more than 52,000 since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine… click here

3. UK secures milestone deal worth over £4 billion to supply next generation air defence to Poland

The UK and Poland defence industries have this week signed a milestone deal, worth over £4 billion, to continue the next phase of Poland’s future air defence programme, Narew. UK firm MBDA has signed the sub-contract with Polish defence company PGZ, in a programme that will provide Polish forces with an enhanced ground-based air defence system capable of launching missiles to engage air threats, such as cruise missiles and fighter jets, at ranges of more than 40 kilometres… click here

2. Burdensome EU rules to be removed from UK law as Government slashes up to £1bn a year of business burdens

Obsolete and burdensome EU rules to be removed from UK law. British businesses could save up to £1 billion a year as the Government confirms plans to remove unnecessary and outdated bureaucracy following our exit from the EU. The Government has this week announced amendments to several retained EU laws to ensure UK regulations are brought up to date and tailored to the needs of businesses, freeing up firms to refocus their time and money elsewhere to help create jobs… click here

1. Armed Forces join Royal Family and thousands of veterans at National Service of Remembrance

Members of the Armed Forces joined the Royal Family, the Prime Minister and thousands of veterans at the Cenotaph today for the National Service of Remembrance. More than 800 Armed Forces personnel took part in the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremonies in central London. Defence Secretary Grant Shapps, who attended the service at the Cenotaph, said: “As the nation comes together to remember all those who died serving their country, we remember with gratitude the sacrifices of the entire Armed Forces community and thank all those in uniform who protect our country and its way of life…” Click here

For last week’s top 20 Great British news stories (30th October – 5 November 2023) click here.

By Claire Bullivant

Conservative Post, Founder and Editor

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Main photo: The Princess Royal, HRH Princess Anne, and Secretary of State for Defence, The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP take the salute on Horseguards. Photographer: Sgt Donald C Todd – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023 –  MOD Crown Copyright News / Editorial Licence.

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