It’s not all doom and gloom in the media. Once again there’s been oodles of positive news coming in from across Britain this week (15th – 21st February).
Here are our best read news stories from the last seven days. Enjoy the positive news and please help #SpreadBritainsGoodNews. It’s safe to say Britain is certainly building back better!
10. Innovative £600m sustainable aviation fuel plant set to create hundreds of UK jobs
Plans for a £600m facility which would convert non-recyclable household waste into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use by airlines operating at UK airports have been revealed for Ellesmere Port. The facility would also create over 800 new British jobs. Click here.
9. Boost for women’s sport in latest round of Sport Winter Survival Package
Multimillion pound support for Women’s football, netball, badminton and basketball, plus 250,000 free Covid-19 testing kits. The Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship will receive a combined £2.25 million of grant support for essential league costs, in addition to a proportion of 250,000 free Covid-19 lateral flow testing kits being made available to elite sports, with women’s sport designated as a priority. Click here.
8. £180-million British Army vehicle contract protects 700 Glasgow jobs
A £180-million contract to deliver cutting edge threat detection technology for the British Army’s new Boxer vehicles will support hundreds of jobs in Scotland, it is announced this week. Click here.
7. UK to launch new research agency to support high risk, high reward science
The UK’s next generation of pioneering inventors will be backed by a new independent scientific research agency, the Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has announced this week as part of government plans to cement the UK’s position as a global science superpower. Click here.
6. More than £18 million awarded in final grants from first round of Culture Recovery Fund
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced the final awards to be allocated from the first round of the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. The latest grants, awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, build on over £1 billion awarded to a huge range of cultural and heritage organisations last year. Click here.
5. British firms win green energy contracts in Taiwan
Two UK firms in the West Midlands and East Anglia have won green energy contracts on a UK export credit agency-supported project as Britain prioritises renewable energy exports and jobs. UK Export Finance (UKEF) – the UK’s export credit agency, is providing a £200 million buyer credit guarantee to help finance the Greater Changhua 1 Offshore Wind Farm in Taiwan, unlocking the export potential of the UK’s offshore wind sector. Click here.
4. More than one million laptops now delivered to pupils across the UK
More than one million laptops and tablets have now been delivered to the most disadvantaged children across the country, as part of a £400 million investment that will support schools and young people for years to come. Click here.
3. Britain and Bangladesh agree to future trade partnership
The first ever UK-Bangladesh Trade and Investment Dialogue took place at the Ministry of Commerce in Dhaka this week on 16 February 2021. Click here.
2. Leeds and London set to become global centres of green finance
Leeds and London will be home to a new UK centre for driving global green finance and investment, Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan announced this week, thanks to £10 million in government investment. Click here.
1. Royal Navy seize £11 million worth of drugs in Arabian Sea
Royal Marines supported by the Royal Navy Warship HMS Montrose have intercepted over 2.6 tonnes of illicit drugs. Royal Marines from HMS Montrose, part of a Combined Maritime Forces Task Force in the Middle East, boarded a suspect boat in the Northern Arabian Sea while on a counter-narcotics patrol. Click here.
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