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Here are our 15 best read and most shared positive news stories from the last seven days (7th – 13th November 2022):
The UK will soon become the first country to launch satellites into orbit from Europe. The first launch will take place from Spaceport Cornwall in the south-west of England later this year. However, Saxa Vord in Scotland will shortly follow and is on track to launch its first satellites in 2023 – part of UK-wide efforts to gain up to a £4 billion share of the global space market by the end of the decade… click here
The first twelve monorail trains for Cairo’s monorail project have been exported to Egypt — part of a huge £2.3 billion contract which will see the company construct and run the monorail. Employing 6000 people, Alstom design and build trains at Derby, the UK’s largest train factory; and operate major sites at Widnes, Crewe, Ilford and Plymouth, and 30 train services depots across the UK and Ireland. The company has now finished its first 12 monorails for Egypt, which is currently hosting the COP27 climate summit… click here
With its advanced, high-tech economy, a GDP of over $770 billion, and strong economic growth – averaging 4% over the last 30 years – Taiwan is an important trading partner for the UK. Trade Minister Greg Hands will co-host the UK-Taiwan 25th annual Trade Talks in Taipei to boost trade and future-proof the UK’s economy through collaboration on green trade and supply chains. Like the UK, Taiwan is a champion of free and fair trade underpinned by a rules-based global trading system… click here
A significant regeneration project that will deliver new leisure facilities, create jobs, boost tourism, and help level up Blackpool has been announced by Michael Gove this week in his first major intervention since being reappointed as Secretary of State for Levelling Up. The ambitious Blackpool Central project had stalled because there was no funding to move the Magistrates and County Courts currently situated within the proposed site, and this risked scuppering the entire £300 million private sector-led regeneration scheme… click here
The NHS is diagnosing more patients with cancer at an earlier stage than ever before, according to new analysis. Last year (2021-2022), over 100,000 (100,461) patients were diagnosed with cancer at stages one or two when it is easier to treat – the highest proportion on record. Record numbers of people are getting checked for cancer – almost half a million more patients were checked between March 2021 and August 2022, compared to the same period before the pandemic… click here
The Army ensured the three-mile-long parade through the City of London to swear in the new Lord Mayor arrives on time with support from the air as well as on land this year. Marking the launch of the British Army’s 1st Aviation Brigade Combat Team (BCT), the Army’s most innovative and awe-inspiring aircraft, the Apache AH, led the way in a flypast on Saturday 12th November over the City skyline, accompanied by Wildcat helicopters. On the ground soldiers from the Royal Logistic Corps and marshals from reserve units across the service, managed 6,500 people, 250 horses, more than 50 decorated floats… click here
After a business that produces traditional paints using linseed oil made from Yorkshire-grown flax sees orders increase, the manufacturing of the paint is returning to Yorkshire for the first time in a century. Brouns & Co which produces the linseed paint and has been growing in popularity as an environmentally sustainable alternative to plastic-based coatings, is being brought back to be made in the UK. The company has now moved its entire production process from Denmark to Elmet near Leeds, UK… click here
Electric vehicle manufacturer YASA is opening a new facility at Albion Land’s £100 million advanced manufacturing and technology business community at Catalyst Bicester in Oxfordshire. The Mercedes-Benz-owned firm took the final available space in the development’s first phase to continue developing its technology for electric vehicles and plans to manufacture at the new base here in the UK. The company follows other cutting edge companies moving onto the £100 million advanced manufacturing and technology business community in Bicester… click here
In a boost for Levelling Up and government plans to make the UK the best place in the world to do business, Green Lithium has unveiled Teesport in Middlesbrough as the site for their forthcoming lithium refinery, delivering more than 1,000 jobs in construction and 250 long-term high-skill jobs for local people once up and running… click here
Latest figures show the UK average unemployment rate for September 2022 stands at 3.6% compared to 6.0% unemployment across the Eurozone. Across the G7 ( Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States), the rate of unemployment is 4.1%. Eurostat estimates that 12.960 million men and women in the EU, of whom 10.988 million in the euro area, were unemployed in September 2022… click here
5. British EV battery firm set to build multi-million-pound facility in Teesside creating hundreds of jobs
Teesside has been chosen as the preferred location for a multimillion-pound EV battery recycling facility in a move which could create up to 200 jobs by 2025 and more during construction. Altilium Metals is a British green technology group supporting the transformation of the global energy sector from fossil-based to zero-carbon. The company recently won the UK Government Faraday Battery Challenge Award of £1.2 million in conjunction with Imperial College, London.. click here
4. Armed Forces pay a spectacular tribute to fallen heroes at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance
Members of the Armed Forces paid tribute to their fallen predecessors at The Royal British Legion’s annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday. Service personnel and military musicians joined the Royal Family to commemorate all those who have lost their lives in conflict and pay tribute to those who have served their country. Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort were joined by Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace and Ministry of Defence ministers… click here
Research has revealed that the UK is an engineering powerhouse, with the profession generating up to an estimated £645 billion gross value added (GVA) to the UK’s economy annually – equivalent to 32% of the country’s economic output. The research was released by the Royal Academy of Engineering on National Engineering Day, which aims to celebrate UK engineering and highlight the importance of the profession and its impact on people’s lives… click here
A Royal Air Force Voyager aircraft departed RAF Brize Norton this week carrying veterans and bereaved next of kin of the Falklands Conflict. Over 130 veterans and next of kin of those who lost their lives in the conflict will return to the Islands for the first time in 40 years. Funded by the Ministry of Defence, the flight takes place over the traditional Remembrance period to allow those who lost loved ones in the conflict to pay tribute to them in this special commemorative year… click here
347 foreign criminals and immigration offenders were removed from the UK by the Home Office during October. The regular schedule of returns flights is an important strand of the government’s work to keep the public safe and tackle illegal migration, by speeding up the return of foreign criminals and illegal migrants with no right to be in the UK. Last month’s removals include 22 people who were directly removed to their home country from Manston, the migrant processing centre in Kent… click here
For last week’s Top 15 Great British news stories (31st October – 6th November 2022) click here.
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By Claire Bullivant