Major British investments, huge global contract wins, new factories built, new jobs created, world-leading innovation and export successes are being announced on a daily basis.

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Here are our 20 best read and most shared positive news stories from the last seven days (14th – 20th November 2022):

20. British flower farm taking over from the Dutch as the ‘main supplier of poinsettias’

Bridge Farm Group, based in Spalding in Lincolnshire, supplies Tesco, and the supermarket chain said that UK growers are taking over from the Dutch as the main suppliers of poinsettias… click here

19. After 5 years of restoration Big Ben returns to regular service

After five years, the bells of the Elizabeth Tower have returned to regular service. Visitors to Westminster are now able to hear Big Ben striking the hour, with the quarter bells sounding every 15 minutes… click here

18. British battery-storage firm to invest £750 million in diversifying UK energy grid

British battery-storage firm Zenobē is to invest £750 million into the UK’s bid to diversify its energy grid. The company is looking to build three large battery projects in Scotland between 2024 and 2026 which will boost wind power resources… click here

17. WORLD CHAMPS! British Gymnasts win all-around Team Gold at World Championships

The British Gymnastics team has won gold in the all-around team final to conclude the World Championships taking place in Bulgaria this week… click here

16. Aston Martin is world-beater after the British-built racing car wins FIA World Endurance Trophies

The Aston Martin Vantage GTE is a world-beater once again after the British-built racing car clinched the FIA World Endurance Trophies for GTE Am drivers and teams at a dramatic season showdown… click here

15. 3000 hectares of spectacular Lake District landscape becomes new National Nature Reserve

A new National Nature Reserve has been formally created this week by Natural England in Ennerdale, West Cumbria. It is now the largest nature reserve in the county and the 9th largest in England… click here

14. Self-charging trains of tomorrow to revolutionise British rail travel

Self-charging trains could make their way onto Britain’s railways, transforming the future of transport after receiving government funding. Transport Secretary, Mark Harper said: “The UK has a long history of leading the way in railway innovation”… click here

13. Planning granted for the UK’s largest open-die forge

Sheffield Forgemasters has secured planning permission for the construction of a building to house the UK’s largest open-die forging press. The building forms part of a recapitalisation programme, which will see up to £400 million invested in the site over ten years… click here

12. British Steel strikes gold in Australia

British Steel’s biggest tophat order for a decade is on its way to Australia to help expand Newmont’s Tanami underground gold mine. The first shipment – 250 tonnes of special profiles – has just set out on its journey from British Steel’s mill in North Yorkshire to Australia… click here

11. UK shows global leadership by proposing stronger protections for rare species at summit

The UK is showing global leadership on conservation and proposing stronger protections for a range of rare species such as pangolins and sharks. Britain will also be driving global efforts to secure a post-2020 global biodiversity framework… click here

10. British luxury car manufacturer Bentley Motors reports highest ever third quarter results

Bentley Motors has announced record operating profits for the first nine months of 2022, despite continuing challenges and uncertainty in the global economy. The British luxury car manufacturer saw profits more than double to €575 million… click here

9. CHAMPIONS: England crowned ICC T20 World Cup winners after final win over Pakistan

An unbeaten half-century from Ben Stokes and brilliant performances with the ball from Sam Curran and Adil Rashid helped England to a second ICC Men’s T20 World Cup title with an impressive five-wicket victory over Pakistan in Melbourne last Sunday… click here

8. 1,200 new UK jobs pledged as naval shipbuilding anticipates return to Belfast

The Ministry of Defence has selected a preferred bidder to build support ships for the Royal Navy. The contract intends to create 1,200 UK shipyard jobs, hundreds of graduate and apprentice opportunities, and an expected 800 further jobs across the UK supply chain… click here

7. Derelict land to be transformed into new homes in boost for local regeneration

Thousands of new homes will be built on derelict land to create thriving communities and help level up the country, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities announced this week… click here

6. Plans finalised for new multi-million pound Hollywood film studio in Buckinghamshire supporting 1200 jobs

Plans have been submitted by Wycombe Film Studios for a permanent eight-stage film studio in the High Wycombe area. Stage Fifty has submitted plans for a permanent eight-stage film studio designed for the world’s top film and high-end TV programme-makers… click here

5. New generation of British frigates to be built creating thousands of jobs

Five more ships will be built for the Royal Navy, creating thousands of jobs in the UK. The project will support 1,700 jobs at the BAE systems sites in Govan and Scotstoun, Glasgow, over the next decade. 2,300 additional jobs will be supported in the supply chain across the UK… click here

4. Royal Air Force completes world-first sustainable fuel military transporter flight

An RAF Voyager took to the skies over Oxfordshire powered entirely by 100% sustainable aviation fuel this week, paving the way for a range of possibilities for the future of flying military and civilian aircraft. The flight was a joint endeavour between the RAF, DE&S and Airbus, AirTanker and Rolls-Royce, with the fuel supplied by Air bp… click here

3. British machinery giant JCB opens new £100 million plant

“Britain is a great place to manufacture and investing in Britain is something we will continue to do.” The Countess of Wessex, Patron of the NSPCC, was warmly welcomed to JCB this week for a double engagement – to officially open a new £100 million factory and to receive a £300,000 cheque for the children’s charity… click here

2. UK’s trade in goods with India is booming

The UK’s trade in goods with India is booming and will only get better according to Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch as the two countries continue to work intensively towards a free trade agreement. UK exports of goods to India surged +100.6% compared with the previous 12-month period, while Indian exports of goods increased +37.0%, reports the ONS… click here

1. British shipyard awarded £4.2 billion to build Royal Navy ships

A British shipyard has been awarded a £4.2 billion contract to build the second batch of Type 26 frigates for the Royal Navy. 4,000 UK jobs will be supported by the new contract, awarded to BAE Systems… click here

For last week’s Top 15 Great British news stories (7th – 13th November 2022) click here.

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By Claire Bullivant

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Main photo credit: Gun firing in front of London Tower Bridge to mark His Majesty The Kings Birthday this week (14th November 2022). Four twenty-five pounder Artillery Guns were drawn by the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) Regiment’s liveried Pinzgauer vehicles through The City, from Armoury House in Artillery Gardens (which has been the Regiment’s home since 1641), to The Tower of London. The Guns were placed into position on Tower Wharf facing the River Thames, by Army Reserve soldiers from the HAC. At precisely 1pm, on the word of command, a 62 Gun Royal Salute was fired, each round firing from one of the four Guns in turn, at ten second intervals, filling the wharf with white smoke, the sound reverberating from the Tower battlements, until all 62 rounds had been fired. Photographer: Corporal Paul Squires UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

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