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Here are our 20 best read and most shared positive news stories from the last seven days (28th November – 4th December 2022):

20. UK commercial vehicle manufacturing up for 10th straight month with exports increasing by 50%

New figures show UK commercial vehicle production grew for the 10th straight month in October, increasing by 10.7%, according to new figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Overall in October, 8,740 vans, buses, trucks, coaches and taxis rolled off British factory lines… click here

19. Milestone in bilateral trade as UK and Brazil sign agreement to avoid double taxation

The United Kingdom and Brazil have signed a Double Taxation Agreement this week which will provide relief from the double taxation of income in both countries. It is the most significant development in the trade relationship between the UK and Brazil in many years and represents a concrete response to demands from business in both countries… click here

18. Plans to build Europe’s biggest lithium hydroxide refinery in UK given green light

Plans to build the biggest lithium hydroxide refinery in Europe in Teesside have been given the go-ahead, paving the way for the creation of 1,000 jobs and a local supply of a key battery material. Tees Valley Lithium will be the first major ultra-low carbon Lithium Hydroxide plant to be established in Europe and will mean Lithium miners in Africa, Australia and South America can gain access to the burgeoning European market… click here

17. UK government takes major steps forward to secure Britain’s energy independence

Business and Energy Secretary Grant Shapps has this week launched a landmark package to invest now to help secure Britain’s energy independence. This includes continuing the revitalisation of the UK nuclear industry by confirming the first state backing of a nuclear project in over 30 years, part of the UK’s biggest step yet in the journey to energy freedom… click here

16. Global giant Boccard chooses UK for new manufacturing facility

Boccard, the global engineering, manufacturing, construction and maintenance company headquartered in Lyon, France and founded in 1918, which specialises in the energy market, has unveiled its first major nuclear production facility in the UK in Broughton, North Wales. The development will support the growth of the UK’s reputation as a significant strategic location for the advancement of nuclear technologies… click here

15. High fashion goes crazy for Scotland’s tweed as Alister Jack promotes Scottish trade in Paris

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack travelled to Paris this week on a two-day trip to promote Scottish trade with France. Total trade in goods and services [exports plus imports] between the UK and France is worth £78.3 billion a year. Mr Jack visited French fashion house Chanel to see how they have used tweed and other Scottish materials throughout their history, including in their latest range… click here

14. Britain gives helicopters, artillery rounds and winter kit as part of military aid to Ukraine

Together with the first delivery of Sea King helicopters, an additional 10,000 artillery rounds have also been provided by the UK to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia’s illegal invasion. The UK is also supplying winter kit to Ukraine’s troops as they continue to battle to liberate their country from Russian forces as winter rapidly approaches – when temperatures are known to sink to minus 20°C and below in parts of the country… click here

13. UK to develop largest and most complex crewless submarine operated by a European Navy

Project Cetus will deliver the largest and most complex crewless submarine operated by a European Navy. A £15.4 million contract for a cutting-edge crewless submarine has been awarded to Plymouth firm MSubs by the Royal Navy. The vessel will be delivered to the Navy in two years’ time and will further advance the UK’s ability to protect our critical national infrastructure and monitor sub-sea activity… click here

12. UK leads global action to tackle sexual violence in conflict

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly hosted an international conference in London this week to strengthen urgent action against the use of sexual violence in conflict. Mr. Cleverly brought representatives of around 70 countries together, to drive forward urgent action to tackle the scourge of sexual violence in conflict – including in Ukraine, Ethiopia and Colombia. This week’s conference marks ten years of the UK government’s landmark Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI)… click here

11. Broadband beamed from space to isolated areas of UK under plans to boost countryside internet connections

Some of the UK’s most remote homes and businesses will be connected to better broadband, beamed to earth by satellite, as part of new government plans to ensure everyone can access fast and reliable coverage wherever they live or work. A trial officially launched this week will see the extent to which satellites can be used to deliver high-speed connections to more than a dozen ‘very hard to reach’ locations… click here

10. 97% of English bathing waters meet required water quality standards

97.1% of bathing waters in England have passed water quality standards following testing at over 400 designated sites carried out by the Environment Agency (EA). The results, released this week show that for the 2022 bathing season, 72.1% of beaches and inland waters met the ‘Excellent’ standard, the highest since new stringent standards were introduced in 2015. 92.8% of beaches and inland waters gained an ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’ rating, while 4% achieved the minimum ‘Sufficient’ rating… click here

9. MADE IN BRITAIN: £100 million overhaul of Lotus’ facilities means factory collection begins at Hethel

Customer collections of iconic British producer Lotus’ sports and racing cars from the UK factory where they are built have now begun. Collections include a fascinating tour of the Chapman Production Centre – the new assembly halls created as part of a £100 million overhaul of Lotus’ UK facilities, and the home of the Emira…  click here

8. England is first in Europe to roll out life-extending prostate cancer drug to patients

The NHS in England will become the first in Europe to roll out Darolutamide to patients whose prostate cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Around 9,000 men with one of the most advanced forms of prostate cancer will be eligible for a new life-extending treatment thanks to a fast tracked deal by the NHS… click here

7. Danish Crown to invest over £100 million in new UK factory

Danish Crown, the global food company, has announced a major investment in a new processing facility in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. The £100 million investment will offer UK customers high quality, traceable pork products produced in a more sustainable way and provide a critical supply of bacon for the UK market. Danish Crown’s new 30,500 sq.m processing facility will use the latest processing technology to slice and pack bacon and gammon produced to UK welfare and food safety high standards… click here

6. UK and Ukraine agree ground-breaking digital trade deal

The UK and Ukraine have this week agreed a ground-breaking new Digital Trade Agreement that will help Ukraine rebuild its economy and support livelihoods following Russia’s illegal invasion. Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch MP and Ukraine’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade and Economy Yulia Svyrydenko met in London to agree the deal. It is the second such trade deal the UK has secured, following the world-leading agreement with Singapore finalised earlier this year… click here

5. UK set to eliminate Hepatitis C ahead of rest of the world

The UK is on track to eliminate Hepatitis C by 2025 thanks to a pioneering NHS drug deal that is helping dramatically cut deaths – five years ahead of global targets. Following a five-year contract worth almost £1 billion to buy antiviral drugs for thousands of patients, deaths from Hepatitis C – including liver disease and cancer – have fallen by 35%. That improvement in outcomes means the NHS has exceed the World Health Organisation’s target of 10% by more than three-fold, putting England in pole position to… click here

4. US digital giant Equinix invests a further £179 million in ‘trailblazing’ UK

California-headquartered US internet connection and data centre firm Equinix (founded 1998) is expanding its UK data centre footprint with a £179 million investment in the UK. The company has today confirmed its continuing commitment to growing its data centre capacity in the UK and expanding two of its International Business Exchange sites in London and has opened a new data centre in Manchester, representing an investment of £179 million… click here

3. ‘True British success story’ as Rolls-Royce and easyJet set new world first

Rolls-Royce and easyJet this week confirmed they have set a new aviation milestone with the world’s first run of a modern aero engine on hydrogen. The ground test was conducted on an early concept demonstrator using green hydrogen created by wind and tidal power. It marks a major step towards proving that hydrogen could be a zero carbon aviation fuel of the future and is a key proof point in the decarbonisation strategies of both Rolls-Royce and easyJet… click here

2. Ford commits to the UK as its European hub for electric vehicle powertrain production

Ford has doubled down on its commitment to the UK as its European hub for electric vehicle powertrain production, thanks to £600 million of backing from UK Export Finance, supporting high-skill manufacturing jobs. The investment is part of government’s plans to put the UK at the forefront of electric car development in Europe as the country transitions to net zero… click here

1. Boris tells local Conservatives he will stand again at next general election

Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told his local Conservative Party he will stand again as an MP at the next general election. Another run as MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip would also leave the door open for him to run in a future leadership campaign if a vacancy should occur. The Conservatives have given their MPs until Monday (5th December) to confirm whether they wish to contest the next election – which must be held by early 2025… click here

For last week’s Top 20 Great British news stories (21st – 27th November 2022).

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By Claire Bullivant

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