We are popular with people that want to meet someone in the UK (e.g. However, we do increasingly have significant numbers of members from abroad. people from anywhere in the world are always welcome. Americans), expats (English speakers living in France, Spain, etc) and travellers (Brits backpacking across India).Personalised services to meet and pair individuals who are serious about settling down is probably something the younger generation of today don’t consider, but matchmaking agency Drawing Down the Moon’s Mary Balfour took home the big Founder’s Award for her 30 years of service to the British dating industry. There’s an app for that Best New Dating App winner Clocked aims to combine the values of traditional matchmaking with modern technology.Yes, you connect through your social media accounts, but your potential partners are matched to you by mutual interests.
It seems so reasonable now to think that finding love requires little more than a picture of your face and a strong thumb, but the list of finalists and winners suggests you can do more than hope for the best if you pick your tools properly. Matchmaking is more popular than you’d think Taking dating offline and finding people long-term partners is still an incredibly booming business, and there’s a niche to meet everyone’s needs.) but it was awesome to meet plenty of people from across the dating board including the team behind Clocked, who picked up the best new dating app award, the Lovestruck team who won online dating brand of the year, Tara Mcdonnell founder of Southdowns Introductions Claire Hughes and Denise Mc Nally from Soiree Society who were awarded winner and highly commended, respectively, in the best newcomer category, Jordi Sinclair, who writes the amazing blog Thirty Something London and took home blogger of the year, the highly respected dating coach James Preece and perhaps the highlight of my evening, a chat in the loos with Mary Balfour, founder of Drawing Down the Moon who has been in the business of love for over 30 years!!and who was rightly recognised for her service to the dating industry.It was especially nice to meet so many people who work within the industry.As can be the case these days, when so many connections are virtual, to have the opportunity to meet people face to face, with a glass of Champagne in hand, was a real treat – sadly I didn’t get the opportunity to meet everyone (where does the time go when the champagne starts flowing! And it never ceases to amaze me how many apparent “catches” have trouble finding Mr or Mrs Right.