Season’s greetings UK! Once again there has been a lot of great British news to report this week (20th – 26th December 2021). Obviously you might not hear about some of these good news items on the BBC or most other news outlets, but remember positive things are happening across the country. 

British companies are certainly forging ahead on the global stage. New figures show this year the UK has received twice as much tech investment as Germany and three times more than France. Sheffield Forgemasters and Rolls-Royce have announced a huge project this week set to generate £52 billion and create 40,000 British jobs by creating Small Modular Reactors – 80% of which will be made in the UK. Britain and Japan have also announced a cutting edge fighter aircraft engine demonstrator deal. As an independent nation, we have also reached a fishing access deal with Norway and a fishing agreement with the EU. Plus we should be very proud of our British scientists and engineers this week who played a huge role in launching the world’s largest and most powerful infrared telescope. As Science Minister George Freeman says it certainly “emphasises our position as a global science powerhouse.”

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

Here are our ten best read news stories from the last seven days: 

10. UK secures fishing access and quotas with Norway

This week the UK, negotiating as an independent coastal State, has reached an agreement with Norway on fisheries access and quotas for 2022.  These discussions mark the start of a new arrangement between the UK and Norway, in which both parties permit some access to each other’s waters and exchange a number of fish quotas in the North Sea and the Arctic. The agreement on mutual access will allow respective fleets more flexibility to target the stocks in the best condition throughout the fishing year, supporting a more sustainable and economically viable fishing industry. The UK fishing industry will gain access to 30,000 tonnes of whitefish stocks, such as cod, haddock and hake, in the North Sea, providing a welcome boost for 2022… click here

9. UK plays vital role in launch of world’s largest and most powerful infrared telescope

On Christmas Day the world’s largest and most powerful infrared telescope was launched into space on a mission to examine the first stars and galaxies and scour the universe for signs of life. The UK led the European consortium which designed, built and tested one of the four main science instruments, working closely with partners in the US and NASA. Science Minister George Freeman said: “Today is a monumental milestone for international and UK space science… The project draws heavily on the world-class expertise of top UK scientists and engineers who were able to deliver vital pieces of this complex and powerful telescope. Being at the heart of this international project showcases the innovative talent of the UK’s world-leading scientists and engineers, and emphasises our position as a global science powerhouse”… click here

8. British manufacturer BioPure set to open new multi-million pound factory and create 130 jobs

BioPure Technology is set to open new multi-million pound factory in Havant, Hampshire. The British firm is a leading supplier of fluid path components to the biopharmaceutical industry worldwide and expects the huge investment to create 130 jobs. Comprising 120,000 sq. ft, the company say the new facility will help to support BioPure’s ambitious vision, growth and commitment to supporting customers worldwide. The new facility, based just 4 miles from the current site in Portsmouth, is now home to BioPure’s current team of 232 employees and aims to bring on a diverse range of new talent in manufacturing, engineering, production, design, assembly, logistics and administration… click here

7. 35 years for people smuggling gang who plotted to bring hundreds of migrants into the UK

A London-based crime group which tried to smuggle 69 Albanian migrants into the UK on a decrepit fishing vessel – and planned to bring in 50 more every week – have been jailed this week. The crime group were involved in the smuggling attempt on 17 November last year when the 30-metre converted trawler ’Svanic’ was intercepted off the Norfolk coast. The boat – built nearly 60 years ago and with a lifeboat for just 20 people – had set sail from the Ostend area of Belgium and was heading towards Great Yarmouth. It was escorted into Harwich international port in an operation involving the National Crime Agency, Border Force, HM Coastguard, Immigration Enforcement and Essex Police… click here

6. UK and Japan to develop joint future fighter engine demonstrator

The UK and Japan have announced they will be developing a future fighter aircraft engine demonstrator and also agreed to explore further combat air technologies. Work on the joint engine demonstrator will kickstart early next year, with the UK investing an initial £30 million in planning, digital designs and innovative manufacturing developments. The engine demonstrator programme will be a critical step forward in enabling the two nations to develop their future fighter aircraft requirements, potentially securing hundreds of future jobs in the UK and Japan. A further £200 million of UK funding is expected to go towards developing a full-scale demonstrator power system, supporting hundreds of highly skilled jobs, including many at Rolls-Royce’s Filton facility in Bristol… click here

5. Boost for British high streets and businesses as markets and outdoor marquees allowed permanently

High streets and local business are set to benefit from changes to planning rules, which mean markets can be held more often and marquees put up in pub and restaurant gardens without the need for planning permission, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities announced this week. The changes to permitted development rights, first introduced last year as a temporary measure to boost high streets and small businesses during national restrictions, are being made permanent following a public consultation. Pubs, cafes and restaurants will now be able to install gazebos on their own land without planning permission, helping them to better make use of their outside… click here

4. UK and EU reach agreement on fishing opportunities for 2022

The UK and EU reach agreement on catch limits for 2022, providing around 140,000 tonnes of fishing opportunities for the UK fleet. The agreement also commits the UK and the EU to rapidly develop multi-year strategies for non-quota species, to ensure sustainable management of these stocks. Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “As an independent coastal State, we entered discussions representing the interests of the entire UK fishing industry and have secured certainty for the incoming year. The balanced agreement made today provides a strong foundation as we seek to deliver more sustainable fisheries management as set out in our landmark Fisheries Act”… click here

3. UK tech investment captures twice as much as Germany and three times more than France

The £29.4bn raised by UK startups and scale-ups was double the figure raised in Germany (£14.7billion) and almost three times that raised by France companies (£9.7 billion). UK tech investment accounted for a third of the total £89.5 billion that flowed into the European tech ecosystem this year. UK venture capital firms have also had a record year and raised £7 billion with record-breaking fundraisings from London firms including Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, 83 North and Eight Road Ventures. With more money than ever flowing into UK tech almost £9 billion of all VC invested went into startups and scaleups outside London and the South East and the regions are home to nine of the 29 unicorns formed this year… click here

2. Sheffield Forgemasters and Rolls-Royce project set to generate £52 billion and create 40,000 British jobs

Sheffield Forgemasters has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Rolls-Royce SMR to jointly explore commercial mechanisms for a long-term collaboration on the supply of forgings to the Rolls-Royce UK Small Modular Reactor (SMR) fleet. The SMR programme is set to generate £52 billion of economic benefit and create 40,000 British jobs. 80% of the components will be made in the UK. The project directly supports the UK’s civil nuclear renaissance and the development of SMRs in the UK, with Sheffield Forgemasters able to supply the complex, nuclear-grade demonstrator forgings as part of the regulatory process. These important components will benefit from the decades of experience Sheffield Forgemasters has built up and its world-class delivery experience… click here

1. The Queen pays moving tribute to her ‘beloved Philip’ in Christmas message to the nation

The Queen delivered a most moving Christmas message, paying a heartfelt tribute to her “beloved Philip” as she spoke of the comfort she has found in “passing the baton” of their values on to the next generations of their family. In her first Christmas speech since the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen spoke movingly of her late husband’s “mischievous, enquiring twinkle” and “capacity to squeeze the fun out of any situation.” This year, she said, she understands especially how hard Christmas can be for those who have lost loved ones, describing life as consisting of “final partings as well as first meetings.” The Queen said looked forward to 2022, and the start of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations in February… click here

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