Hundreds of thousands of businesses are to be exempted from health and safety inspections under moves announced by the Government today.
The wash-out start to the summer added to the woes of the high street and triggered a 10.3% rise in retail collapses between April and June.
Fear surrounding the eurozone have left many business owners unsure of how it will impact on the economy and their livelihoods.
An extra £3 billion on infrastructure George Osborne claims - businesses will want to know the speed at which this will happen.
The pace so far is disappointing.
Everything had to go, and everything has gone. But the saga of Comet's final decline is not yet at an end. What went wrong is now in the sights of senior politicians. ITV News Business Editor Laura Kuenssberg reports:
Comet owners OpCapita issued a statement on the failed retailer saying its plan to rescue the firm included measures to improve the profitability of the business.
– OpCapita statement on Comet
We will of course assist fully with any inquiry and welcome the opportunity to provide BIS with factual information relating to the circumstances which led to Comet entering administration.
Deloitte published yesterday its Initial Report to Creditors of Comet Group Ltd which already includes detailed information and commentary on the events leading up to the appointment of administrators.
In addition the report sets out the detail of the turnaround plan for Comet which included a series of measures designed to improve the profitability of the business.
The statement added that once administration is completed, Deloitte will issue a full public report to creditors.
Failed high street retailer Comet has set up a website for former Comet employees as well as those finishing work today.
The site, cometjobs.co.uk, offers a 'The Daily Jobs' email circular of vacancies, an employee help line, fact sheet and postings on the latest jobs with other retailers.
Vince Cable has denied that the action taken to save failed retailer Comet was too little too late. He said social and economic collapse have also been very significant.
But he has admitted that people would expect the government to investigate what happened after the private equity firm, OpCapita bought the company last year for one pound. The firm will reportedly walk away with up to £50 million.
He adds that there are allegations both significant and serious enough to warrant proper inquiry.
One in 10 shops in UK high streets and shopping centres were empty in October as retailers battle against stagnating sales and rising costs, a survey has found.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said the town centre vacancy rate of 11.3% was the worst figure since its nationwide survey began in July 2011.
A fifth of store units are currently empty in Northern Ireland, while the rate for Wales is 15.1% and for the North & Yorkshire region the rate is 14.6%. Greater London had 7.6% of its units lying empty.
BRC director general Stephen Robertson said the new figures would set "alarm bells ringing" as it confirmed the financial challenges for both customers and retailers were far from over.
Big brands including JJB Sports, Clinton Cards, Blacks Leisure, Game and Peacocks have either disappeared or scaled back their presence in town centres after going into administration.
- Under the proposals if the worker accepts the deal it will become legally protected so it cannot be used later as evidence in any court case or tribunal.
- Officials insist the move is fair to employees as they are not obliged to take the package and also incentivises bosses to offer a good package, which can include a binding promise of a favourable reference.
- Mr Cable will also consult on plans to change the limit on unfair dismissal payouts to a maximum of 12 months' salary or set it at an even lower figure.
- He wants to reduce the current £72,300 cap significantly in the hope of encouraging small businesses to start hiring more staff.
Business Secretary Vince Cable will announce that "no-fault dismissal" proposals are being dropped after a lack of support for the idea among the business community.
Mr Cable has made no secret of his opposition to the recommendation, which many Tories backed, but aides were keen to stress the proposal was being ditched because there was "no significant evidence" that it would help employers.
The Business Secretary wants to bolster settlement agreements - where employers can offer under-performing employees a pay off - so they become more widely used to resolve disputes.
Workers face a drastic cut in how much compensation they can win in unfair dismissal cases, Vince Cable will confirm today.
Company bosses will be given stronger legal protections to get rid of under-performing staff under a shake-up of employment laws.
New business minister Michael Fallon has said the Government is taking steps to save businesses money, and free them from the burden of unnecessary health and safety regulation. He said:
"We are talking about low risk premises, like offices and shops, where you don't need the same annual regime of council officials coming in and ticking boxes"