Once again you might not hear about many of these good news items on the BBC or most other news outlets, but remember positive things are happening across the country. There has been a lot of great British news again this week (13th – 19th December 2021).
Another new freeport opened this week creating 21,000 jobs and drawing £4.5 billion in new investment. British manufacturing is back with incredible growth happening up and down the country. Investment is flooding back onto British shores and we signed a historic trade deal with Australia. Oh and young people across the world have voted the UK as the most attractive country in the world to live and study in… we couldn’t agree with them more!
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:
UK manufacturing exports will bring in around £176bn to the economy this year, according to a new study from Barclays Corporate Banking. What’s more, the plans of manufacturers who don’t currently export to start selling their products overseas could see that total soar to £190bn a year by 2030. Mike Freer MP, Minister for Exports said: “Barclays’ new report highlights the demand for UK goods and services overseas, from our leading food and drink sector to our classic, British cars. For our world-renowned food and drink sector, which totalled £21.7 billion in exports last year, we have specialist food and drink attaches in key global markets, ready to facilitate trading relationships between UK businesses and new markets, showcasing the best of Britain on a truly international stage”… Click here
Research conducted by Ipsos MORI finds that the UK continues to be the most attractive country overall among young people in the G20. Between 24 September and 29 October 2021 Ipsos MORI undertook a survey of 20,616 18–24-year-olds with a minimum of secondary education in the 19 G20 countries. This was the fifth wave of research conducted among this audience by Ipsos MORI for the British Council. The previous wave of research conducted in 2020 occurred just before the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s research finds that the UK has maintained its pole position as the most attractive country in the G20 overall, and importantly the UK’s overall attractiveness score has increased, continuing the same trend from 2020… Click here
British manufacturer Frog Bikes is ramping up production and creating new jobs to meet soaring global demand. The family-owned firm, whose customers include the British royal family, is expanding production following a strong year of international orders. The bikes used to be assembled in China using components from around the world, however, following the lead of other manufacturers in moving the bulk of their production back to the UK to get better control over lead times and quality, the Pontypool-based company is now reaping the benefits… Click here
Councils in England will receive £53.9 billion in funding for the coming financial year, including more than £1 billion of additional funding for social care. The comprehensive package represents the largest cash-terms increase in grant funding for 10 years and makes an extra £3.5 billion available compared to 2021-22, including a grant worth £822 million for councils to spend as they see fit to best meet local needs. The funding set out by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities this week will enable councils to continue to deliver vital services and look after the most vulnerable in their communities… Click here
Leyland Trucks, the Lancashire-based manufacturer of the full range of DAF trucks, has celebrated the production of its 500,000th vehicle. Managing Director Jonathon Minoli said: “We as a company and a family feel very privileged to have been invited to Leyland Trucks to mark such a momentous milestone in the company’s history. “We’re proud to know that our trucks are built in Britain and that we are supporting British industry. We’ve been a DAF operator for almost 40-years now – and our relationship with the brand has been built on quality and reliability that in turn allows us to meet our customers’ needs, day after day and year after year”… Click here
A further nine Institutes of Technology have been announced this week in locations including Blackpool, Derby, Salford and Essex, bringing the total to 21 across the country and delivering on the government’s manifesto commitment. Institutes of Technology are unique collaborations between employers, colleges and universities that specialise in offering high-quality Higher Technical Education and training in subjects such as advanced manufacturing, digital and cyber security, aerospace and healthcare, which will deliver the skilled workforce businesses need and get more people into jobs closer to home. £150 million has also been awarded to 100 colleges and universities to upgrade their facilities… Click here
Thames Freeport has opened for business this week, as the government delivers on its central mission to level up across the United Kingdom. The freeport estimates it will draw £4.5 billion of new investment and create 21,000 skilled jobs, bringing greater prosperity to some of the country’s most deprived communities. Positioned on the doorstep of the UK’s busiest ports and largest labour market of London and the south east, the freeport will create a new global gateway for trade and benefit communities such as Thurrock, Barking, Dagenham and Havering, which have high rates of unemployment and child poverty… Click here
The Human Rights Act will be revised under plans unveiled this week by Dominic Raab. Proposed new legislation aims to strike a proper balance between individuals’ rights, personal responsibility and the wider public interest. Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Justice, Dominic Raab said: “Our plans for a Bill of Rights will strengthen typically British rights like freedom of speech and trial by jury, while preventing abuses of the system and adding a healthy dose of common sense.” This will put an end to us gold plating any decisions made by Strasbourg when we incorporate them into UK law… Click here
The Armed Forces Act, which gained Royal Assent in Parliament this week, enshrines the Armed Forces Covenant in law for the first time to help prevent service personnel and veterans being disadvantaged when accessing essential services like healthcare, education and housing. The Armed Forces Act will also deliver a series of improvements to the Service Justice System, ensuring personnel have a clear, fair and effective route to justice wherever they are operating… Click here
The UK has signed a historic trade agreement with Australia, setting new global standards in digital and services and creating new work and travel opportunities for Brits and Aussies. The deal is expected to unlock £10.4 billion of additional trade, boosting our economy and increasing wages across the UK, while eliminating tariffs on 100% of UK exports. It is a deal tailored to the UK economy, with cutting-edge agreements in areas where Britain is a world leader, including in digital and tech, along with increased access to Australia for the UK’s powerhouse service sectors… Click here
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