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Here are our 20 best read and most shared positive stories from just this week (27th November – 3rd December 2023):
20. UK start-up develops world’s first autonomous robot that uses AI to locate and fix road cracks and potholes
A UK start-up has developed the world’s first autonomous robot that uses AI to locate and fix cracks and potholes on UK roads. Almost two million potholes are fixed on UK roads annually, but with ageing infrastructure, increasing road users and extreme weather conditions, this is only expected to worsen. Conventional and manual methods for fixing potholes are labour intensive and struggle to cope with this hazardous and costly problem… click here
Babies and toddlers with a rare and fatal genetic condition can now receive a life-saving treatment on the NHS for the first time. Sebelipase alfa (Kanuma®), an enzyme replacement therapy, will become the first treatment available on the NHS for Wolman disease, a condition which presents in babies and children under two years old. Following a commercial deal struck by NHS England, sebelipase alfa has this week been recommended for use on the NHS. Wolman disease, a type of lysosomal acid lipase deficiency, is a rapidly-progressing and life-threatening rare, genetic condition that causes multi-organ damage… click here
18. New £30 million fund to deliver 30 new facilities to support more women and girls into grassroots sport
Thousands of women and girls across England are set to benefit from a substantial £30 million cash injection from the Government and The Football Association (FA) to turbocharge the development opportunities for the next generation of Lionesses. Following their triumph at UEFA EURO 2022 and their run to the final of FIFA World Cup 2023, the Government has announced an additional £30 million that will build approximately 30 new state-of-the-art 3G pitches and accompanying facilities… click here
Data published this week by NHS England shows there were 51,245 additional nurses in September 2023 compared to 2019. It marks the largest ever sustained growth in the NHS nursing workforce, with the expanded workforce delivering hundreds of thousands of extra appointments. This means the number of nurses have increased from 300,904 in 2019 to over 352,000 – hitting the government’s manifesto commitment to recruit an additional 50,000 nurses six months early. This is the largest ever sustained growth in the NHS nursing workforce… click here
Company behind the successful life-sciences firm Moderna, Flagship Pioneering, has selected the UK for their first location outside of the US. Leading life sciences bioplatform company Flagship Pioneering has this week announced the UK as the home for its first base outside the US, paving the way for new scientific start-ups, discoveries and investments here in the UK. Flagship takes a unique approach to investment – with its own scientists exploring ideas invented in its labs to improve human health and the most promising projects being grown into companies… click here
Up to £150 million of funding to 2030 to support the UK’s position among world leaders in self-driving technologies. Last week, the Government announced £4.5 billion of investment for British manufacturing to boost economic growth, as part of wider government support to ensure the UK is the best place to start, grow, and invest in manufacturing. Funding will be delivered to eight sectors that are key to economic growth, energy security, and levelling up, including up to £150 million for Connected and Automated Mobility to 2030. This landmark funding package forms a part of the Advanced Manufacturing Plan, which sets out government’s plans for investing in the future of manufacturing, opening markets, and removing obstacles for business… click here
Environment Secretary Steve Barclay pledges to champion British agriculture in first speech to farmers, with a focus on innovation and automation to boost productivity. Steve Barclay has used his first major speech to set out his commitment to backing British farmers and being on the side of rural businesses. In his keynote speech at the Country Land and Business Association conference in London this week, the Environment Secretary set out his vision for an innovative and productive agriculture sector, supporting the sector to continue to develop into a more sustainable and profitable industry… click here
13. Jaguar Land Rover reports another strong quarter with best first half revenue and cashflow on record
Britain’s biggest car maker Jaguar Land Rover has continued its strong performance of recent quarters with another set of positive results for the second quarter of FY24, as supply constraints continue to ease, enabling more vehicles to be delivered to clients. Revenue in Q2 FY24 was £6.9 billion, up 30% vs. Q2 FY23 and flat compared to Q1 FY24, impacted by the planned summer shutdowns. Revenues for the six months to 30 September 2024 were a record £13.8 billion, up 42% from £9.7 billion a year ago, due to increased volumes, improved… click here
A new landmark radar initiative with the UK’s closest partners will increase UK security by being able to better detect, track and identify objects in deep space. The Deep Space Advanced Radar Capability (DARC) programme – unveiled by the respective Defence Secretaries of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States – will provide 24/7, all-weather capabilities that will increase AUKUS nations’ ability to characterise objects deep in space up to 22,000 miles (36,000 kilometres) away from earth. DARC will see a global network of three ground-based radars to be jointly operated that will assist in critical space-traffic… click here
UK commercial vehicle (CV) production returned to growth in October following September’s decline, rising 47.1% year on year, according to the latest figures published this week by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 12,853 vans, buses, trucks, coaches and taxis rolled out of factory gates, up 4,113 units on last year and with the best percentage gain of the year. In a sign of the significance of the recovery, the increase is October’s best performance since 2008, up 41.4% on 2019’s pre-pandemic figures… click here
Operation Sceptre, the national police initiative to tackle knife crime which took place this month saw 13,272 knives removed from our streets and 1,625 people arrested, of which 970 were related to knife crime offences. Operation Sceptre brought together all 43 police forces across England and Wales in a week of intensified action with forces coordinating activity which targets knife crime from the root cause right through to enforcement… click here
9. Virgin Atlantic flies world’s first 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel flight from London to New York
Milestone made possible through year of radical collaboration by a Virgin Atlantic-led consortium, including Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Imperial College London, University of Sheffield, ICF and Rocky Mountain Institute, in partnership with Department for Transport. The flight marks a world first on 100% SAF by a commercial airline across the Atlantic, flown on a Boeing 787, using Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines… click here
8. Momentous landmark for global medical research as UK unveils new data from whole genome sequencing
In a momentous landmark for medical research, UK Biobank has unveiled incredible new data from whole genome sequencing of its half a million participants. This is set to drive the discovery of new diagnostics, treatments and cures. Uniquely, it is also available to approved researchers worldwide, via a protected database containing only de-identified data (for example, name, address, date of birth, name of GP and more stripped out)… click here
7. UK scientists, engineers and innovators collaborate to accelerate future combat aircraft air power capability
Tempest will be part of the UK’s future combat air system (FCAS), and is designed to be a supersonic stealth fighter equipped with pioneering technologies, including state-of-the-art integrated sensing and protection capabilities. The UK’s foremost combat air companies and the Ministry of Defence have conducted research with scientists at the cutting-edge of machine learning, artificial intelligence, data science and computing to support the development… click here
A landmark security partnership entered a new phase today as the Defence Ministers of the UK, Australia and United States met to advance new programmes on threat detection, quantum technology and autonomous systems. Strengthening security in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond, the Ministers revealed new combined future exercises will improve each nations’ ability to work together, enhance capability development, and test the joint operation… click here
5. BRITISH MANUFACTURING: £121 million investment into future submarines supports 250 jobs across UK
Two contracts, worth collectively over £100 million, have been awarded to Babcock to support the development of the UK’s future nuclear deterrent. The first, worth £66 million, has been awarded to Babcock to provide in-service submarine support expertise into the development of the UK’s Dreadnought Class submarines – the future of the UK’s nuclear deterrent. Covering the next 4.5 years, the contract will see Babcock provide the Ministry of Defence with technical and management support, engineering best practice and submarine maintenance achievability… click here
4. New world-class genomics laboratory set to further UK’s global genomics leadership and speed up drug discovery
A new, world-class, functional genomics laboratory is set to further the UK’s global genomics leadership and accelerate the discovery of new medicines and diagnostics. The laboratory will be a centre of excellence and national resource that combines the strengths and expertise of academia and industry. The functional genomics laboratory has been established through… click here
More than 50 million additional general practice appointments made available after government fulfils its pledge months early. Data published this week by NHS England shows that for the year to October 2023, there were 50.9 million additional general practice appointments delivered when compared to October 2019, meeting a key government commitment set out in 2019. The announcement comes as separate data also published today shows compared to September 2019, there are over 50,000 additional nurses working in the NHS. This meets another of the government’s targets… click here
UK car production output surged 31.6% in October, according to the latest figures published this week by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). In the eighth month of growth this year, 91,512 units left factory gates marking the best October performance since 2019. The news follows recent announcements of significant investment into advanced automotive manufacturing, with some £4 billion committed by Government and industry combined in November alone… click here
The brainchild of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, more than 200 top global CEOs and investors joined leading lights in UK science, tech and creative industries at this year’s Global Investment Summit. £29.5 billion of new investment has already been announced for thriving UK sectors, as the world’s A-list CEOs and investors attended the summit at Hampton Court Palace this week. Backing some of the fastest growing and most innovative sectors in the UK, the transformative investments have been secured for projects in tech, life sciences, infrastructure, housing and renewable energy – creating thousands of new jobs and driving growth across the country… click here
For last week’s top 20 Great British news stories (20th – 26th November 2023) click here.
By Claire Bullivant
Conservative Post, Founder and Editor
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