Spread Britain’s Good News: Top 10 positive news stories from across the UK this week

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Once again there’s been lots of positivity happening across Britain this week (8th – 14th March).

Here are our best read news stories from the last seven days. Enjoy the positive news. Britain is certainly building back better! #TheGoodNewsThisWeek

10. Boris moves to boost transport connections across the whole of the UK

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out his vision this week to build back better from coronavirus (COVID-19) by boosting transport connectivity across and between the whole of the UK, as part of ambitions to level up across the country. The government will also consult on cutting Air Passenger Duty (APD) on internal UK flights and will commit £20 million to develop plans for upgraded rail, road, sea and air links. Click here

9. Second wind for the Humber, Teesside and UK energy industry

£95 million government investment for two new offshore wind ports to be constructed in the Humber region and Teesside, creating 6,000 new jobs. Two new ports on the Humber and on Teesside to build the next generation of offshore wind projects will be constructed as part of an up to £95 million investment to boost the UK’s world-leading industry and create 6,000 new jobs in the North, the government announced this week. Click here

8. New plan to make the UK a global centre for the development of Artificial Intelligence

A new plan to make the UK a global centre for the development, commercialisation and adoption of responsible AI will be published this year, the government has announced. Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden revealed the move as he set out his Ten Tech to power a golden age of tech in the UK this week. Click here

7. £90 million boost to fire up British aerospace manufacturing

1400 jobs could be secured across the UK thanks to nearly £90 million investment in aerospace manufacturing announced this week by Business Minister Paul Scully. The funding for five projects through the Aerospace Technology Institute Programme aims to improve manufacturing within the aerospace industry, developing technology to make production lines quicker, more efficient, and more cost-effective.  Click here

6. Britain invests £150 million to save the world’s rainforests

A new multi-million pound fund launched this week will help protect rainforests equivalent to an area the size of Wales, cut millions of tonnes of carbon emissions and improve the lives of over 600,000 people in tropical forest communities across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Click here

5. UK’s world-leading ivory ban moves step closer

The UK’s world-leading ban on importing, exporting and dealing in items containing elephant ivory in the UK moves a step closer today following the launch of a consultation on the implementation of the Ivory Act. Once implemented, the Ivory Act, which was a key government manifesto commitment, will introduce a near total ban on the import, export and dealing of items containing elephant ivory in the UK, regardless of their age, allowing only for a narrowly defined set of exemptions. Click here

4. £130.5 million to tackle serious violence, murder and knife crime

The government is making over £130 million available to tackle serious violent crime – including murder and knife crime – in the coming year, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced this week.  The funding will enable a programme of work to prevent some of the most serious types of crime and deliver safer communities for the British public. Click here

3. UK and Cameroon sign trade agreement

The United Kingdom has signed an Economic Partnership Agreement with Cameroon. The trade deal, which will support jobs and build future prosperity, was signed by International Trade Minister Ranil Jayawardena and High Commissioner of Cameroon to the UK, H.E. Albert Fotabong Njoteh in London. The deal provides certainty for British and Cameroonian businesses, ensuring they can continue to trade as freely as they do now without any additional barriers or tariffs. Click here

2. Hopes raised of post-Brexit trade deal as US suspends tariffs on British goods

The United States has temporarily suspended all tariffs on direct exports from the UK to the US resulting from a 16 year long Airbus dispute. The measure has been backdated to 4 March. In 2018, the year before the tariffs were imposed, the US imported around £550m of goods affected by these measures from the UK. The tariff suspension will help protect jobs on both sides of the Atlantic in industries who have been targeted by these unfair tariffs, particularly Scotch whisky. Click here 

1. UK market is more attractive after Brexit say global CEOs

The UK is a more important growth prospect to global CEOs now than it was pre-Brexit, according to PwC’s 24th Annual CEO Survey. The survey of more than 5,000 CEOs globally, carried out in January this year, reveals that 11% of global CEOs selected the UK as a top 3 growth target, up from 9% in autumn 2019 (the last time the survey was conducted). Click here

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