Full Service Canada Moving Companies Versus Truck Rental

With many different methods that you can employ for your move, it can be difficult to choose the one option that is right for you. If you are thinking about hiring a professional Canada moving company when moving across Canada, or you are considering using a moving truck rental, it is important to remember a few things. Not only will your move be simpler knowing that you chose the right option for your needs, but you will not regret the choice that you made halfway through the move. Here are some of the most important contrasts between the two moving services before you request moving quotes.

Packing

Perhaps the biggest difference between the two services involves the need to pack your things. Full service Canada moving companies offer packing services that cover all of the things in your home. The company will send people into the home to pack a day or so before moving day. They will use their own inventory system and packing materials. You will have to endure their presence in your home for the duration, but you will not have to start packing early or deal with the hassle that packing is as long as you hire one of these companies. If you choose the truck rental option, then you will be responsible for packing your things on your own.

Loading

Another big difference between the two services, loading the truck will take time and effort unless you choose to hire full service movers. Because every home has many things in it that can be heavy and hard to move, hiring professionals can save you time and energy, especially if you are on a tight schedule. If you choose to opt for a truck rental instead of Canada moving companies, then you can expect to load everything that you need to move on your own.

Driving

Renting a truck means that you will have to drive it to your destination. If you are not comfortable with driving a big vehicle, then a truck rental is not the best idea for you. Hiring professionals will save you from having to deal with the large truck and the road that will lead you to your new home. This can be the deciding factor in many moves, as people generally do not like to drive vehicles that they are not used to, especially if they are as big and bulky as many moving trucks are.

Convenience

Finally, the ultimate choice comes down to the conveniences that professional Canada moving companies offer customers today. Regardless of where you might be moving, these companies can give you the tools that you need so that you do not have to worry about any aspect of the moving process. They can also provide you with moving insurance or valuation, giving you even more options. In the end, it might be a bit pricier to hire a full service business, but you will be able to handle the move in a much better man ner than if you were to attempt the move on your own. Keep this in mind and you too can enjoy the move that you have to endure anyways.

Vancouver Fire Safety Plans and Fire Prevention Inspectors

Vancouver Fire

Vancouver Fire Safety PlansA recent discussion with a Fire Prevention Inspector in Vancouver BC has caused me to reflect on my own experience with fire safety plans. This Inspector clearly stated that he “didn’t have time for fire safety plans”. Before my retirement from a municipal Fire Department as a Fire Prevention Inspector, I too, was very busy with all that was expected of the position. However, this man’s tone indicated that he didn’t place much worth on fire safety plans in the grand scheme of things. I found it unprofessional that a Fire Prevention Inspector would think such a thing, let alone say it in public.

It is acknowledged that back in the 1980′s and 90′s we may have thought that a Vancouver fire safety plan, once approved by the local fire service and received by building management, would be placed in a drawer and forgotten about. However, times change and it has been my experience that in the last few years fire safety plans were being given much more attention.

Anyone in business understands that a vital aspect of asset management in any operation is contingency planning or business continuity planning. This is to ensure the minimum disruption of operations following an accident or disaster. Building owners, managers and operators are responsible for their building(s) and the lives inside them. Unfortunately, owners, managers and operators too often have little knowledge of their legal responsibilities with regard to fire safety. In my opinion fire safety plans can help in rectifying this situation.

Section 2.8 “Emergency Planning” has been a part of the National Fire Code of Canada as well as the Provincial Fire Codes since their inception.

The primary objectives for a fire safety plan are:

• The emergency evacuation of building occupants.
• The control of fire hazards.
• The maintenance of fire protection equipment and systems.

A current and well practiced fire safety program will aid greatly in reducing loss of life and property due to unwanted fires. This is accomplished through a fire safety plan by raising awareness of fire hazards in and around one’s building, by ensuring the maintenance of vital safety systems and through staff training the provisions for the safety of occupants during an emergency. Remember the Fire Code is the minimum standard that was passed. In the interest of life and fire safety I would suggest that Surrey fire safety plans be generated for many more buildings than the Code currently calls for.

Let us ask ourselves why we joined the fire department or became involved in fire protection in the first place?

I’m not too sure what today’s answer is but when I joined the fire department back in the 1970′s the common answer was, ‘to fight fires and save lives’. With all due respect and taking nothing away from front line firefighters, there is more today to fighting fires than putting the wet stuff on the red stuff.

Human factors

Humans have a strong desire to be in control of events, and this feeling of being in control can be quite rewarding; although this sense of control is often an illusion, as every day we enter into a world of events beyond our control. Adding to this we are also task oriented, and when engaged in activities we are often unwilling to interrupt them.

For the general public ambiguous evidence that there is a fire is, more often than not, insufficient reason for people to interrupt their activities. To the public a fire alarm signal may be by itself ambiguous; it does not indicate the location or severity of a fire, or even if a fire actually exists. The experience of most people mitigates their fear that there is really any danger at all. Sadly, many assume that the alarm is only a surprise fire drill or another malfunction of the alarm system.

The decisions a person makes during a fire incident are further associated with their situational awareness; or their perception of risk and their uncertainty of what to do.

During a fire incident occupants face numerous questions:

• Should I ignore or respond to the fire alarm of other indicators?
• Should I investigate or evacuate?
• Should I search for others?
• Is there time enough to dress, to finish shopping, to finish my telephone conversation, to finish this memo, to tweet about it, etc.? (We are task oriented). Unfortunately, people often underestimate how rapidly a fire and smoke can spread.

People instinctively want to delay responding to threatening situations until the danger is well understood. More than likely the reason for this is to avoid the associated anxiety.

Maybe it’s a case of urban-overload, where people are constantly being bombarded with stimulation that they keep to themselves in order to avoid being overloaded by it. There are many everyday situations in which we rely on other people to help us define what’s going on. This is called “informational social influence”. This is where one conforms to another’s interpretation of an ambiguous situation in the belief that their interpretation is more correct that ours. When we are unsure of the correct response, the appropriate behavior, or the right idea, we are most open to the influence from others. “I don’t want to look stupid; no one else seems to pay much attention to the alarm so it must be nothing important. I’ll just carry on with what I’m doing”. This is why approved emergency procedures and strained staff must be present.

When they do decide to exit, people will use familiar egress routes. This usually means that if someone came in through a main entrance they will tend to want to exit through the same entrance; they know where it is, they know where they parked, etc. However, time is of the essence, people may not have adequate time to traverse a large structure and exit where they came in. Staff trained in approved emergency procedures can play a vital role in the life safety of building occupants by ushering them promptly to the nearest safe exit. This is also where well placed directional exit signage is of value.

Post 9/11

In this post 9/11 world we live in I believe that a building’s fire safety plan should actually evolve into an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). The EAP will address a number of potential emergencies, most of which the local fire department will be called to respond to. These could include small accidents, building fires, citywide disasters, power outages, hazardous materials spills, bomb threats, civil disturbances or earth quakes and wind storms. These incidents may impact the health and safety of people in the area as well as the first responders.

Fire in VancouverFire departments may not initially be in favor of working with Emergency Actions Plans as a replacement for Vancouver Fire Safety Plans. However, I believe that this is the only logical way to proceed and will assist the fire service to maintain a certain amount of control with regard to incidents to which they respond. Consider it as ‘pre-response damage limitation’. The better prepared and trained the staff at the facility you’re responding to, the easier your job will be.

I realize that as humans we have certain instincts to protect our own territory (This is my sandbox and you can’t play.) However, once we get past any instinctual territorial imperatives and learn to work together, we will all live in a safer and more productive world.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Its Growth in 2017

In the world of Search Engine Optimization, the market of SEO has seen a rapid rate of increases and growth over the last 5 years. This has been due to many businesses’ taking note of how important and effective this avenue is to having a successful online marketing campaign. SEO when done right is a very effective way of increasing traffic and visitors to your site which converts into sales and revenue. With a recent analysis carried out on the SEO market, it has shown that the revenue has soared to over $900 million.

With the quality of internet connections continually improving and more and more business being done online, SEO and Digital Marketing Agency relevance will ultimately become the most prevalent. With estimates showing that there has been a shift towards natural search, online businesses are catching on that there is more value held in long-term online campaigns and strategies.

The world of marketing has become intertwined with the social, with local search, and mobile devices all coupled together. Doing SEO right is essential to your online success, tapping the correct avenues and markets, reaching your client base, drawing them in and retaining them is what it’s all about.

As more and more of us own smart phones and tablets, the need for quality content and quality search results at our fingertips is at an all-time high demand. Google is constantly pushing for higher performances from websites, tighter restrictions, and defining factors must be complied with in order to achieve success.

The question remains: Is Google right in constantly moving the boundaries?

You would have to say “yes” As it would be wrong for people to make a quick buck and manipulate and make money from Google, when people are pouring their life, time and finances into making their own business a success. Google has acknowledged this and is slowly pushing out the garbage and spammy sites with poor content and incorrect linking structures.

SEO has grown even in the current financial state of the slow markets, as business pushes towards online success, there will always be a need for correct and ethical methods of Search Engine Optimization.

It’s true to say then, by the trends of recent years that the growth of SEO is set to continue, to grow on the global market. As long as there is business to be made online the need for SEO will always be required.

Business Link Integrated Brokerage service

East of England IDB Ltd (EEIDB) will provide the full Business Link Integrated Brokerage service on behalf of the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) for all businesses in the East of England from April 1st 2010.

This is a significantly expanded service from the current Business Link service delivered in the region, as it includes Skills Brokerage, Investor Development and a focus on large businesses and organisations in the public sector, as well as SMEs and entrepreneurs.

Business Link is the primary access channel for all publicly funded business support services available universally to all organisations irrespective of size and sector. At the core of the offer is the integrated brokerage activity, operating under the Business Link brand, comprising:

  • Universal offers accessible to any customer regardless of their size, sector, lifestyle or geography
  • Specific offers for specific customer segments – whether those segments are by size or sector
  • The gateway to the integrated Business Link activities for all businesses in the region, those considering locating or re-locating to the region and those businesses that have relocated to the region

We will provide a range of activities to support businesses and entrepreneurs to succeed, including:

  • Skills analysis
  • Promotion and stakeholder management
  • Workshops and events
  • Information
  • Diagnostics
  • Customer relationship management
  • Mentoring
  • Brokerage

To successfully attract and retain overseas investment opportunities in the East of England, EEIDB will nationally offer:

  • An integrated information, diagnosis and brokerage service that supports any business of UK or foreign origins, with links to any other supporting UK based agencies that can provide support or solutions for a business’ issue, that may prevent the organisation from developing and growing its operations in the region
  • Assistance to UKTI to improve penetration levels for foreign owned companies as part of Business Link’s intensive assistance activity
  • Development of brokerage staff capabilities to ensure capability in diagnosing need, to identify standard business issues, skills issues, and any other barriers to growth, for foreign owned and foreign invested companies and broker on to appropriate partners including UKTI

Business Link in the East of England works with businesses and entrepreneurs in the six counties in the East of England: Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

Business Link is a government initiative to promote enterprise, funded in the East of England by the East of England Development Agency.

Visit the Business Link website on this link

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) provides advice

The UK successfully attracts high-quality and high-value inward investment and has maintained its standing as the number one investment location in Europe during 2009, second only to the US world-wide.

The East of England is a powerful magnet for overseas companies seeking to globalise and is a positive opportunity for investment and expansion.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) provides advice and services to business through a network of locally-based International Trade teams. The East of England Development Agency (EEDA) is a key partner of UKTI in the Inward Investment services network.

From 1st April 2010 until 30th March 2011, East of England IDB (EEIDB)  provided the regional Inward Investment programme on behalf of UKTI and EEDA. As the chosen delivery organisation, EEIDB had experience and knowledge of the international marketplace and utilised that knowledge to promote the region as a great place to do business and exploit opportunities that would improve the regions economic health.

The Inward Investment activities that EEIDB provided included: ·

  • Provision of comprehensive information on business opportunities in the region
  • Identification of joint-venture opportunities and partnerships with companies seeking overseas opportunities
  • Provision of tailor-made information and practical information and support on setting up a business in the UK
  • Specific market information on the social and economic landscape of the East of England region
  • Information and support on immigration, housing, education and relocation
  • Assistance in identifying potential suitable property options for current and future needs
  • Arranging and accompanying potential investors on a personal visit to the region to meet with interested parties
  • Provision of effective access to world class research taking place in the regions 11 universities and higher education institutes
  • Assistance in the identification of suitable subcontractors, utility providers, component and service suppliers
  • Assistance in accessing a wealth of business support to help maintain company competitiveness post investment
  • Information on grants and loan opportunities available to investors from all areas including local and central government, the EU and other grant making bodies
  • Introductions to professional service providers such as accountants, lawyers, bankers and recruitment specialists
  • Sharing knowledge of businesses and institutions that are seeking investment and that might be suitable for foreign investor opportunities
  • Putting partnerships in place to mobilise organisations in order to resolve barriers to investment and to develop and deliver the most effective business case for future investment