Movers & Storers Show | Google Update

The Movers & Storers Show

The Movers & Storers Show is totally independent and open to all movers, whether they are a member of a trade body or not.

This year, the show will be in Manchester on 21st & 22nd November. Of course, AIM will have a stand, as we have since we launched in 2013.

It’s free. You just need to register in advance, so your tickets can be sent to you.

Visit for more information and register for your free tickets.


Google Update

Over the last two weeks there have been many fluctuations in Google search results. Some movers would have found their websites doing better than usual, in terms of ranking, while others would have seen their position drop.

This is due to Google’s latest core algorithm update (August 2018).

Danny Sullivan (Google’s public search liaison) has assured the SEO world that the August update is not punitive but should encourage webmasters to do more of the “good stuff” rather than trying to fix something.

From this conversation snippet and other conversations in the SEO community, we can conclude that the long-standing belief that “content is king” still holds true.

Websites that have significantly more (useful) content appear to be doing much better, while sites that are doing nothing wrong, but have less quality content are pushed from the top spots.

If this proves to be an accurate analysis, then any website owner that has seen a drop in rankings will know what to do.

Generally, the most successful websites will have a large amount of useful content. They will have a fast load time, be mobile friendly and have some high-quality inbound links. There are many other factors that vary according to the type of website, but generally if the site is good for the end user, Google will want the site to be high in the rankings.

One basic principle of SEO that has not changed, (and probably never will) is that Google doesn’t care about website owners. Google cares about their users – the searchers. Google searchers want to see the best sites at the top of the search results and Google wants to deliver.

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COVID-19 Statement

Although there is no rule to prevent them from doing so, not all removals businesses are working during the Coronavirus measures advised by the Government.

Those that are working have been provided with clear guidelines by the Government and supported by AIM, with safe working procedures, specific documents and frequent information updates.

Removals firms

Removal firms are able to operate and should follow the latest government guidance on safer working. Where moves are carried out, social distancing should be followed.
Companies should ensure employees understand how to operate safely and communicate this to customers.

  • Removers should contact the household in advance to check that no member of the household is showing symptoms of coronavirus or self-isolating. If they are, works should be delayed.
  • They should also encourage households to ensure all internal doors are open and surfaces and possessions have been cleaned with household cleaning products prior to them entering the property.
  • No work should be carried out by a person who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild.
  • Removers should wash their hands on entering the property using separate towels of paper towels which need to be washed or disposed of safely after use.
  • Removers should seek to minimise contact with homeowners and remain 2 metres apart from householders at all times.
  • Removers should implement a buddy system and ensure that the same people work together when moving bulky items and furniture.
  • Removers should bring their own refreshments but you should ensure they have access to hand washing facilities, using separate towels or paper towels if possible,
    which should be washed or disposed of safely afterwards.