I started my dating agency in 2003 after working for New Zealand's busiest talent agency.
As a talent agent, it was my job to match people to a brief - whether it was an extra for Shortland Street, or a model for a photo shoot.
‘We have set the standard in discreet, selective and personalised introductions.’The firm, or ‘niche introduction agency for attractive professionals’ as it described itself, even offered a special service for the over-40s and the company boasted it had been featured in glossy magazines including Grazia and Cosmopolitan.
Now I use my people-matching skills to bring single people together.
Impressed by this apparently rigorous approach, Ms Fontaine, 44, rang up to enquire about joining and a consultant invited her to an interview, not at the company’s registered offices in the City of London but at the Charing Cross Hotel on The Strand.‘I thought it was a bit strange but was quite happy because it was on my way home,’ says Ms Fontaine. She was given his email address and sent him a message. They emailed her some more details, for a man with a Persian-sounding name, who was 56 and worked in financial investments.
They met at 5pm in the upstairs bar and spent an hour and a half talking about what she wanted in a partner.‘I asked her about the sort of men they had on their books and she told me she had two men immediately in mind for me. I asked specifically if these men were looking for a quick fling or a long-term relationship and she said, “If they’re paying upwards of £500 for membership, then they’re looking for a relationship.” ’She then enquired about meeting Tim but was told that he was now in a relationship and had come off their books. A strange email exchange ensued in which he informed her in pidgin English that while he was ‘very happy and excited to meet a person of such attractive profile’, he was ‘only a novice in the single life’.
There are some commonalities that bring our members together: for instance, the majority of our members are educated, relatively affluent, and between the ages of 30 and 55.
But there are singles of many different ages and demographics looking to find a compatible, like-minded partner on our platform.
Because of this highly personalised approach, you'll be introduced to carefully selected matches, so your chances of finding 'the one' are far higher.