The Good News This Week: Top 10 positive news stories from across the UK

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It’s not all doom and gloom in the media. Once again there’s been oodles of positivity coming in from across Britain this week (22nd – 28th February).

Here are our best read news stories from the last seven days. Enjoy the positive news. It’s safe to say Britain is certainly building back better!

10. ‘Space Bridge’ across the world will help UK and Australia get ahead in global space race

The UK and Australia have signed a new ‘Space Bridge’ partnership to increase knowledge exchange and investment across the two countries’ space sectors.  The world’s first Space Bridge will unlock improved access to trade, investment and academic research opportunities, better advice to businesses and innovative bilateral collaborations. Click here.

9. UK capital regains top spot in Schroders Global Cities Index after climate change response boosts ranking

London has returned to the top spot in the Schroders’ Global Cities Index after scoring highly with its response to tackling climate change. The UK capital’s ranking increased from 8.19 to 8.53 on the Schroders scoring system. The scores were particularly strong in the innovation and transport categories. This is because the city has a number of high ranking universities and a well-developed mass transit system. Click here.

8. Britain on track to reduce carbon emissions from cars

The government has set an ambitious target for almost all cars to emit zero carbon by 2050. Transport is the UK’s largest source of carbon emissions, with most emissions coming from cars. The government aims to reduce emissions by promoting the use of ultra-low or zero-emission cars and creating the infrastructure that will allow people to charge them. Click here.

7. Huge progress made as rough sleeping figures at 6 year low

The annual rough sleeping snapshot, which shows that rough sleeping has fallen 43% since the Prime Minister has come into office, has been welcomed by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick as a milestone in the effort to end rough sleeping for good. Data published this week shows that rough sleeping has fallen 43% under this administration – with 2,688 people estimated to be sleeping rough on a single night in autumn 2020, compared to 4,677 in 2018. Click here.

6. Back to school: New education recovery package for children and young people

New £700 million plan laid out to help young people in England catch up on lost learning due to the pandemic. Following the announcement of the roadmap yesterday which laid out a cautious easing of restrictions, the government has today, Wednesday 24 February, announced further elements of the recovery support package so children and young people can catch up on missed learning and development due to the pandemic. Click here.

5. The changing face of business: number of women on FTSE boards up by 50% in just 5 years

More than a third (34.3%) of FTSE 350 board positions are now held by women, with the number of women on boards increasing by 50% over the last five years, data released this week shows, representing a dramatic shift in representation at the very highest levels of British business. Click here.

4. UK’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions

The Prime Minister has announced the government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England. In a statement to parliament this afternoon Boris Johnson paid tribute to the extraordinary success of the UK’s vaccination programme and the resolve of the British public in following the lockdown restrictions, which has helped to cut infection rates and reduce the spread of the virus. Click here.

3. UK’s global fintech leadership bolstered by new review

An independent review has set out a plan for the UK to retain its global leadership in fintech by helping the country’s financial technology firms to scale up, access the talent and finance they need, and deliver better financial services. The UK has more than 10 per cent of the global market share in fintech and the sector is now worth more than £11 billion a year to the UK economy. Click here.

2. First real-world UK data shows Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provides high levels of protection from the first dose

PHE has today published the first independent analysis in the UK showing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is effective against COVID-19 from the first dose. Data shows one dose reduces the risk of catching infection by more than 70%, rising to 85% after the second dose. This suggests the vaccine may also help to interrupt virus transmission, as you cannot spread the virus if you do not have infection. Click here.

1. London to remain financial services centre of Europe as a thousand finance firms apply to open UK offices

Almost 1,500 EU-based financial services firms have applied for permission to operate in the UK, with around 1,000 of these planning to establish their first UK office, according to a Freedom of Information request (FOI) by financial regulatory consultancy Bovill. Click here.

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