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Here are our 20 best read and most shared positive stories from just this week (20th – 26th November 2023):
Sheffield Forgemasters has welcomed an All Party Parliamentary Group report on the future of nuclear energy in the UK. The report highlights Sheffield Forgemasters’ 70+ years of manufacturing cast and forged components for nuclear applications and stresses the value of a UK-first supply chain for the next generation of nuclear power plants, with a domestic nuclear agenda exceeding that of any European country… click here
19. Making Britain a space superpower with £47 million investment to supercharge UK’s space infrastructure
Space research, manufacturing and testing facilities across the UK will get a boost thanks to a new fund from the UK Space Agency. This builds on the already extraordinary growth of the UK space sector, which employs almost 49,000 people and generates an income of £17.5 billion. The Space Clusters Infrastructure Fund has awarded more than £47 million for 12 projects which will be doubled by match funding from the sector, representing over £98 million of new private/public investment in space research and development infrastructure… click here
The financing will secure inward investment which will create 750 jobs in Teesside and ensures construction of the world’s largest wind monopile factory in Redcar. UKEF and K-Sure have secured support worth £367 million for South Korean manufacturer SeAH Steel Holding’s construction of a wind tech factory near Redcar, in the Tees Valley. Issuing its first ever ‘Invest-to-Export’ loan guarantee to secure overseas investment in British industry… click here
17. UK expands use of groundbreaking NHS research platform to help find new treatments for major killer conditions
The NHS is to expand the use of a research platform behind the roll-out of new Covid-19 treatments to help drive life-saving advances for other major diseases. With the support of GPs and academic researchers, the NHS is widening the use of the service to allow scientists to securely analyse data in GP systems – without seeing patient-identifiable information – in a plan which could lead to the discovery of new treatments for other major conditions such as cancer, diabetes and asthma… click here
16. Advanced Electric Machines secures £23 million investment to scale up production capacity in North East
Advanced Electric Machines, a leader in sustainable motor manufacturing primarily for the automotive industry, announces it has secured £23 million of new investment. Based in the North East of England, AEM Limited was founded in 2017, when it was spun out from Newcastle University’s world-class electric motor research team. The funding will be used to scale up production capacity at its facility in the North East, deliver on ambitious growth plans to establish a global sales footprint, and bolster R&D capabilities… click here
A new digital map of power and broadband cables, gas and water pipes and other underground infrastructure is now available across the whole of England and Wales in a boost to economic growth and public services for people across the country. The National Underground Asset Register (NUAR) will revolutionise the way we install, maintain, operate and repair the pipes and cables buried beneath our feet, growing our economy and reducing disruption to the public… click here
The UK’s status as a multi-billion-pound global leader in arbitration services will be secured by new legislation introduced to Parliament. The Arbitration Bill will benefit businesses and individuals around the world who look to the UK as the best place to resolve disputes from family law and rent reviews to international commercial contracts and claims by foreign investors made against entire countries. Modernising the framework for arbitration will cement the position of this high-value sector in the face of growing competition from other centres such as Singapore and Paris… click here
Regenerating Port Talbot town centre, creating a public area on Barry’s waterfront and upgrading cycle routes in Powys are some of the transformational projects awarded a share from the UK Government’s flagship Levelling Up Fund. Seven projects have been allocated £111 million in Wales which will help create jobs, drive economic growth and spread equality to historically overlooked areas – restoring pride in the places people live. .. click here
The Minister for the Americas and the Caribbean, David Rutley MP, has been in Cuba this week to agree a new cooperation agreement. During his visit, Minister Rutley signed a new Political Dialogue and Co-operation Agreement (PDCA) between the UK and Cuba. The agreement sets a framework for future dialogue between the two countries on a range of issues, including sustainable development, the environment, and human rights. Minister Rutley also met Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez during his visit… click here
Veterans services in the UK are to receive a fresh start as the government this week accepted the majority of recommendations from the Independent Review of UK Government Welfare Services for Veterans. The Veterans UK brand will be retired next year, as part of a move to better communicate the variety of services which the MOD provides for veterans and the wider Armed Forces Community… click here
Six major regeneration and transport projects across Scotland are set to receive almost £122 million from the third round of the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund – a multi-billion-pound initiative improving lives for local people. The UK Government has this week announced a total of £1 billion to support 55 projects across Great Britain from the Levelling Up Fund. Proposals for Moray, North and South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish borders have each been awarded a share of the flagship fund, which will see upgrades to their town centres, high streets and local transport… click here
9. UK to sign landmark sci-tech deal with Republic of Korea in critical technologies such as AI and semiconductors
The UK’s partnership with fellow science leader, the Republic of Korea, will be pushed to new heights with a series of science and tech deals. These have been agreed as part of a new landmark Accord between the two countries, that has been announced this week as part of President Yoon Suk Yeol’s State Visit to the UK. As two of the world’s most innovative economies, the UK and the Republic of Korea are natural partners, with both countries placing in the top five of the Global Innovation Index… click here
Biggest ever increase to the National Living Wage, worth over £1,800 a year for a full-time worker, fulfils manifesto pledge to end low pay. The Chancellor will deliver a pay rise of more than £1,800 a year for a full-time worker, as he confirms that the National Living Wage will increase by over a pound an hour from April. The almost 10% pay boost, from £10.42 to £11.44 an hour, is the biggest cash increase in the National Living Wage in more than a decade and fulfils the government’s manifesto pledge to end low pay for those on the National Living Wage… click here
Nissan is delivering up to £2 billion of new investment to produce two new electric vehicle models in Sunderland – helping to put more zero emission vehicles on UK roads which will make travel more sustainable and affordable in the long term. This builds on the £1 billion electric vehicle hub announced by Nissan and their battery partner AESC in 2021, and brings total investment since 2021 to £3 billion, safeguarding the future of Britain’s largest car factory as we move away from petrol and diesel cars… click here
A landmark deal has been agreed that is set to save the NHS £14 billion over five years in medicines costs, enable patients to access the latest lifesaving treatments more consistently, and boost the UK’s position as a global superpower in advanced healthcare, technology, and clinical research. The new deal secures savings for the taxpayer-funded health service that are double those under the current medicine pricing agreement, which expires at the end of this year. The agreement will save billions more pounds that can be used to provide the best possible treatment and care for NHS patients, grow the workforce, and cut waiting lists… click here
Cutting edge science and technology will transform policing – with strong neighbourhood teams at the bedrock of every force in the country, the National Police Chiefs’ Council Chair has declared. Chief Constable Gavin Stephens – who brings all UK chiefs together to set the direction for policing – has laid out his ambitious vision for change as forces work to build back the trust and confidence of communities… click here
Plans to build on British excellence in advanced manufacturing to secure long-term private investment and create high-paid jobs have been unveiled by the Business Secretary. The landmark Advanced Manufacturing Plan (AMP) sets out the government’s initiative to ensure the UK is the best place in the world to start and grow a manufacturing business. The government will offer certainty to business by committing more than £4.5 billion in targeted funding to back the long-term future of the UK’s world-leading manufacturing industries… click here
A major long-term agreement that will redefine the relationship between the UK and a critical Indo-Pacific partner has been signed by the Prime Minister and the President of the Republic of Korea this week. The Downing Street Accord, which follows the signing of similar partnerships with Singapore and Japan earlier this year, will deepen the relationship between the UK and South Korea, and see the two countries step up cooperation on technology, defence and security… click here
2. Changes to data protection laws to unlock post-Brexit economic opportunities to tune of £4 billion
Common sense changes to the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill will safeguard the public, prevent fraud, and unlock post-Brexit opportunities. A raft of common-sense changes to the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill will build an innovative data protection regime in the UK, crack down on benefit fraud cheats, and allow the country to realise new post-Brexit freedoms which are expected to deliver new economic opportunities to the tune of at least £4 billion… click here
1. Conservatives back business and rewards workers to get Britain growing
Tax cuts for working people and British business headlined Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s ‘Autumn Statement for Growth’ this week. Aimed at building a stronger and more resilient economy, the Chancellor set out a plan to unlock growth and productivity by boosting business investment by £20 billion a year, getting more people into work, and cutting tax for 29 million workers – the biggest tax cut on work since the 1980s. With higher revenues resulting from stronger growth than previously projected and the pledge to halve inflation having been met, the government has stabilised the economy through taking sound decisions… click here
For last week’s top 20 Great British news stories (13th – 19th November 2023) click here.
By Claire Bullivant
Conservative Post, Founder and Editor
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