More than half of those furloughed since May returned to work by mid-August according to data published by the Office for National Statistics.
Scottish salmon, beef and lamb are among 14 iconic Scottish products that could be protected in Japan for first time as part of the UK-Japan trade deal. Scotch whisky will also continue to benefit.
The UK Government hosted a meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee on 10 September in London.
Businesses in England that are required to shut because of local interventions will now be able to claim up to £1,500 per property every three weeks.
The government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down.
The Bill has been introduced to protect trade and jobs by preventing new burdens on business when the Transition Period ends.
What UK businesses can do now to get ready for 2021.
The UK Government has launched a new campaign to help EU businesses get ready for the end of the transition period on 31st December 2020.