GREAT BRITISH NEWS: Top positive news stories from across the UK this week

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The BBC and most other news outlets may not be interested in featuring these positive British news stories but we certainly are.

Keep checking in with the Conservative Post to see good news every day – the resurgence of British manufacturing, how our military is flying the flag across the world, positive policy making, global trade deals, British innovation, our wonderful royals and many other things to be proud of. 

Here are our 20 best read and most shared positive stories from just this week (15th- 21st April 2024):

20. Bumper month for new vans as UK fleet demand surpasses 50,000 units

New figures show more than 50,000 new light commercial vehicles (LCVs) joined UK roads in a bumper March for fleet renewal as more businesses upgraded to the very latest models than in any other month during the past three years. 52,916 new vans, 4x4s and pickups were registered, up 11.1% as Britons increasingly depend on vans for everything from online shopping to local trades… click here

19. Powerful DragonFire laser weapon to be installed on Royal Navy warship by 2027

By 2027, the Royal Navy is set to bolster its arsenal with a formidable addition: a powerful laser weapon. This advancement comes as the demand for defences against drone and missile threats, such as those posed by Houthi rebels, continues to escalate. The cutting-edge DragonFire laser, slated for installation on a warship, will augment the Royal Navy’s robust air defense capabilities… click here

18. Sharp reduction in government’s energy consumption and emissions saves millions for public estate

A major efficiency drive has seen more than £163 million in energy cost savings secured and a significant fall in direct emissions from government buildings. The latest figures released this week in the government’s annual State of the Estate report, highlight the significant progress being made to make the public estate more sustainable and efficient… click here

17. Multi-million pound funding boost for British video game developers

More than £3 million of government funding has been awarded to emerging video game developers and start-up studios to help them scale their businesses and create the next British gaming hits. Grants of up to £150,000 from the UK Games Fund (UKGF) will help 22 high-potential games companies hire more staff, secure publishing deals and unlock more private investment… click here

16. Innovate UK and British Business Bank sign memorandum of understanding to promote investment and support UK businesses 

Innovate UK and the British Business Bank have further strengthened their collaboration by signing a Memorandum of Understanding. As partners dedicated to fostering innovation and growth of UK businesses across the country, this new collaboration will see the two organisations working even more closely together to co-create new opportunities to promote investment and to support UK businesses… click here

15. BAE Systems awarded contract to maintain and repair light guns in Ukraine

The Ministry of Defence has awarded British multinational arms, security, and aerospace company, BAE Systems a contract to maintain and repair gifted L119 Light Guns in Ukraine. The contract, which was announced during a recent UK Government-led trade mission to Kyiv, means that L119s which were donated by the UK to Ukraine can be serviced in country and returned to the frontline more quickly… click here

14. New protections to enable consumers to benefit from cheaper energy deals

UK Consumers are set to benefit from cheaper and more convenient energy deals as part of new measures to create a smart, flexible electricity system to help save money on bills. New proposals will introduce minimum requirements for cyber security and grid stability, and minimum product standards for energy smart appliances to give consumers confidence to take up smart devices and make it easier for them to benefit from cheaper bills… click here

13. Anti-fouling shipping regulation strengthens marine environment protections in UK waters

Ecological protections at sea are being strengthened by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) through updated regulations governing anti-fouling systems on ships. The new UK legislation implements an international convention prohibiting the use of cybutryne in marine paints, which has been proven harmful to marine flora and fauna, working its way into the food chain… click here 

12. UK food and drink manufacturing leads UK output and demand growth

“Our latest report provides some tentative signs that UK manufacturing may be finally coming out of a challenging couple of years.” UK food and drink producers outperformed all other UK sectors in both output and new order growth in March and were the primary drivers for the wider manufacturing sector’s first expansion in output in more than a year, according to the latest Lloyds Bank UK Sector Tracker… click here 

11. New funding to uncork Britain’s future winemaking talent. Cheers to that!

English and Welsh wine has firmly made its name at home and around the world in recent years – and this week Environment Secretary Steve Barclay announced further support for the industry to continue its rapid growth. Government has set aside £1.5m this year for a new Future Winemakers’ Scheme (FWS) to help develop skills and job opportunities in the sector and make sure the next generation of viticulturists can build on the successes of the past 20 years… click here 

10. 180 new leaders welcomed into the Naval family after passing out at Dartmouth

Pride, passion and excitement was on display at the spiritual home of the Royal Navy’s Officer Corps this week as it welcomed nearly 180 new leaders into the Naval family. The parade ground at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, overlooking the picturesque Devon town, was filled with men and women ready to embark on careers in the Royal Navy and its supporting arm, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary… click here

9. Chief constables given powers to sack unfit officers

New measures laid in Parliament this week will make it easier for police chiefs to sack rogue officers during misconduct hearings. Police chief constables will be given the responsibility of chairing the hearings which decide on the removal of officers found guilty of police misconduct. By giving these powers to chief constables, police leaders will be held increasingly accountable for their own officers and be able to influence any dismissal decisions impacting their own force… click here

8. Sheffield Forgemasters gets qualification to deliver UK’s next generation of civil nuclear power plants

Sheffield Forgemasters has been awarded a crucial strategic qualification, positioning the company to support delivery of the next generation of civil nuclear power plants. Sheffield Forgemasters’ status as the only company in the UK capable of manufacturing reactor vessel components for Small Modular Reactors, coupled with its ASME status, make it a crucial capability in delivery of this advanced power-generation technology… click here

7. Government’s procurement department is a success saving taxpayers £3.8 billion last year alone

Over £3.8 billion of taxpayer money has been saved by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) in the last year alone, as the agency celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. CCS centralises government procurement, allowing thousands of public sector organisations to procure services quicker and easier, whilst saving taxpayers substantial sums of money each year… click here

6. UK new car market clocks up its 20th consecutive month of growth

The UK new car market clocked up its 20th consecutive month of growth in March, with a 10.4% rise in registrations. In what is typically the busiest month of the year due to the new numberplate, 317,786 new cars reached the road with a 24 plate – the best March performance since 2019, although still -30.6% below pre-pandemic levels… click here

5. Government cracks down on ‘deepfakes’ creation

Despicable people who create sexually explicit ‘deepfakes’ will face prosecution under a new law announced by the government this week. Under the new offence, those who create these horrific images without consent face a criminal record and an unlimited fine. If the image is then shared more widely offenders could be sent to jail… click here

4. UK’s most lethal tank rolls off production lines under £800 million contract creating 750 jobs

British Army soldiers will soon be getting their hands on the world’s most lethal tanks, the Challenger 3. Challenger 3 is being delivered by Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) under a £800 million contract, creating a number of highly skilled roles, with nearly 300 jobs generated within RBSL, including 130 engineers and 70 technicians, with an additional 450 jobs across the UK… click here 

3. Largest ever expansion of childcare in England’s history heralded huge success

Government publishes new data showing 195,355 children benefitting from government-funded childcare for two-year-olds in successful April launch. Hundreds of thousands of parents will be able to more easily manage their career and childcare over the next two years following the hugely successful launch of the largest ever expansion of childcare in England’s history… click here

2. UK is beating US on inflation which could see Bank of England cutting interest rates first

Britain is beginning to curb inflation more rapidly than the US, indicating a divergence between the two economies that might enable the Bank of England to consider cutting interest rates before the US Federal Reserve. Official UK figures due out this week are expected to show that the Consumer Prices Index eased further in March while unemployment picked up as Britain shakes off a recession… click here

1. Conservatives crackdown on ‘sick note culture’ to get Britons back to work

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak delivered a speech on Friday morning, emphasising a “moral mission” to eradicate the “sick note culture” and reintegrate healthy individuals into the UK workforce. Sunak pledged to overhaul the welfare system to ensure that those capable of working are provided with the best opportunities to return to their jobs after a period of illness… click here

For last week’s top 20 Great British news stories (8th- 14th April 2024) click here.

By Claire Bullivant

Conservative Post, Founder and Editor

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