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 (26th February – 3rd March 2024):

20. Boost for UK hydrogen as government backs world-leading industry

We are cementing the UK’s place as a world leader in hydrogen.” Low carbon hydrogen to get a further boost with over £21 million of government support for seven projects to make green fuel. Four projects will develop plans for new hydrogen production plants, to supply cleaner fuel to companies across a range of industries – from pharmaceuticals to automotive, boosting our energy security for the long term… click here

19. Sheffield retains ‘real ale capital of the world’ title, as thriving brewing industry drives tourism and regeneration

The region is now home to 58 breweries, more per head of population than anywhere else in the country, producing around 1,800 different beers every year. Sheffield has retained its position as the real ale capital of the world, with the thriving brewing industry driving tourism and regeneration in the steel city, a new report reveals… click here

18. MADE IN UK: Pioneering British bus manufacturer wins major new order from Germany

Pioneering zero-emission bus manufacturer Wrightbus has secured another major European order for its hydrogen single deck bus. German transport company Saarbahn GmbH has ordered 28 Kite Hydroliners with the first due to be delivered this year. The buses will be built at the Wrightbus factory in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, supporting hundreds of new high-skilled jobs to help level up and grow the economy… click here

17. UK funding for innovative mobile phone technology helps change lives in poorest countries around the world

New UK funding for innovative mobile phone technology will help change lives in the poorest countries around the world. Harnessing AI technology to provide real-time agricultural advice to farmers in Nigeria and pay-as-you-go solar powered fridges are just some of the ways UK-funded mobile technology is improving livelihoods globally… click here

16. UK’s flagship ocean conservation programme launches protecting waters around British Overseas Territories

Government partners with conservation charity ZSL to launch app update allowing tracking and logging of creatures in waters around British Overseas Territories. An app feature that allows the public to identify turtles, sharks and whales using their mobile phones was launched at an event celebrating the UK’s flagship ocean conservation programme… click here

15. £220 million to deliver over 800 homes for rough sleepers and help prevent families from becoming homeless

This brings total government investment to £2.4 billion over three years (2022-25) to tackle homelessness and end rough sleeping for good.  Hundreds of families will be prevented from becoming homeless and rough sleepers will be helped off the streets thanks to over £220 million of government funding being given to councils this week… click here

14. New funding to put the UK at heart of next generation telecommunications services

The UK Space Agency has announced a £10 million funding competition that will help UK companies put their technologies at the forefront of a new generation of global telecommunications services, products and applications. Announced at the Mobile World Congress – an international event for connectivity and communications… click here

13. £208 million investment in the North to transform towns and cities

More homes will be built and regeneration turbocharged in the north of England under a transformational package announced this week by Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove at Convention of the North. The £208 million cash injection will fund a range of projects across towns and cities, whilst Northern leaders will receive new powers to further unlock the potential of the area and deliver the promise in the Levelling Up White Paper to level the playing field by spreading opportunities… click here

12. Thousands of children to receive easy-access mental health interventions at 24 hubs in local communities

Thousands of children and young people will benefit from expanded mental health hubs as the government will offer more funding for local communities. 24 hubs across the country will receive a share of almost £8 million to help young people get support with their mental health at an earlier stage… click here

11. Apprentices are driving innovation in British shipbuilding

The important role apprentices play in driving innovation in British shipbuilding was recognised during a ministerial visit to key defence sites in Scotland this week. Visiting Govan and Rosyth, Minister for Defence Procurement, James Cartlidge, met apprentices and workers, witnessing first-hand the construction of several new Royal Navy ships, including HMS Cardiff, HMS Glasgow, HMS Venturer and HMS Active… click here

10. UK to establish world’s first UN-backed centre for circular economy research

“This is real recognition of the UK’s global leadership in sustainable resource management and testament to Britain’s world-leading academic expertise.” The UK will establish the world’s first United Nations-backed International Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Resource Management in the Circular Economy, Resources Minister Robbie Moore announced this week. Recognising world-class British academic expertise and cutting-edge scientific research… click here

9. UK hydrogen pioneer GeoPura receives £56 million investment and plans to create hundreds of jobs

GeoPura has completed a £56 million investment round that will help accelerate the UK’s adoption of green hydrogen by expanding production capacity, growing the specialist workforce in the UK, and increasing the deployment of their power generation technology. The UK Infrastructure Bank committed £30 million to the round, led by a follow-on investment from Barclays Sustainable Impact Capital and supported by their existing investors… click here

8. £560 million investment to modernise nuclear submarine supporting more than 1,000 jobs

One of the UK’s ballistic missile submarines – HMS VICTORIOUS – will be modernised under a new £560 million contract following an agreement with Babcock as part of the Government’s plan to keep the UK safe. More than 1,000 jobs will be sustained in Plymouth and the surrounding south-west region. Maintenance work will see the modernisation and upgrade of the submarine. As one of the Vanguard Class submarines, HMS VICTORIOUS is a key component of the UK’s Continuous At Sea Deterrent… click here

7. UK Atomic Energy Authority’s JET facility gets upgrade making it among world’s most advanced

Upgrades implemented in the Remote Handling Control Room at JET have transformed it into one of the most advanced robotics and remote handling systems globally. The Remote Handling Control Room at the facility in Culham, Oxfordshire has undergone a significant upgrade, enhancing its crucial role in delivering the highest standards in fusion repurposing and decommissioning projects. JET is currently the world’s largest and most powerful operational tokamak… click here

6. Free Trade Agreement negotiations between UK and GCC progress rapidly

“Already one of the UK’s most important trading partners, a trade deal would be a natural partnership, boosting investment and jobs.” Update on the sixth round of negotiations for a free trade agreement between the UK and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Free Trade Agreement Negotiations between the GCC and the UK have been progressing rapidly this week, with both sides saying they recognise the importance of the agreement for their mutual interests… click here

5. UK has now provided almost £12 billion in support to Ukraine

Two years on from Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the UK has pledged a further £8.5 million in humanitarian funding allocations to the Red Cross Movement and the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund. The UK has now provided almost £12 billion in support to Ukraine, and is one of the largest bilateral humanitarian donors. In 2024, over 14.6 million people – about 40 per cent of the Ukrainian population – need humanitarian assistance… click here

4. £4 billion investment to build Britain’s biggest battery manufacturing facility in Somerset creating 4000 jobs

Tata Motors have confirmed that their massive new Gigafactory – the largest in the UK and one of the largest in Europe – is to be built in Somerset. The £4 billion investment will see over 4,000 jobs created. The news follows an announcement last year that the UK had been chosen as the home of Tata Group’s first gigafactory outside India. Somerset will be home to a new multi-billion-pound electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility in the UK, it was confirmed this week… click here

3. Hundreds of young soldiers march towards their future careers

Hundreds of young soldiers are marching towards their future careers after graduating from the Army Foundation College (AFC) Harrogate. Around 370 paraded in front of an audience of 3,000 proud family members and friends, signifying the completion of their Phase One training. During the course, Junior Soldiers undertake a number of military training, fitness, and education tasks culminating in a vigorous two-week battle camp and tactical exercise, which prepares them for the next step in their Army careers… click here

2. Number of UK tech company start-ups jump by record-breaking 22%

London projects itself as a leading global authority in tech. That strength is reflected across the UK by a vibrant and energetic sector that consistently supports early-stage businesses.” The number of new technology companies incorporated in the UK jumped by nearly a quarter (22%) last year, a record high, demonstrating the resilience of the UK’s tech sector despite broader economic challenges, according to analysis by leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM UK… click here

1. BREXIT BONANZA: Boris was right as new figures show ‘bonzer’ results from UK-Australia free trade deal

“It is a perfect example of what Britain can achieve as an independent trading nation, able to strike deals around the world and bring the benefits of free and fair trade back to these shores.” New figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal the UK’s trade deal with Australia is already paying huge dividends. The UK and Australia free trade agreement is understood to have been agreed over dinner between then UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in 2021… click here

For last week’s top 20 Great British news stories (19th – 25th February 2024) click here.

By Claire Bullivant

Conservative Post, Founder and Editor

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