With so much competition around on the Internet, is there still a place for the traditional UK dating agency?
Well despite a media image as a last resort for desperate and lonely adults, dating agencies are attracting an increasing number of young professionals looking for a more scientific approach to meeting a partner.
Some dating agency members also find that its good to have an intermediatary to help find a compatible companion when out of town and short on time to mix and mingle.
In Britain the number of dating agencies has rocketed in the last ten years, as career-oriented singles employ an expert to put them in touch with like-minded individuals.
Picking the Right Agency
A good dating agency will analyse your background, your values and your tastes before attempting to make a match - cutting down on time spent establishing social and intellectual compatibility.
Its important to find an agency that is going to give you service for you pounds. Generally that means you look for personal service rather than an automated computer match which could equally be found on the Internet
So when researching an agency don't just look at what they charge but also at what services they provide, who their clientele is, an indication of the number of potential partners on the books, and a bit of detail on what you get for your money.
What You Get for Your Money
The cheapest deal, at about £100, are list services where applicants are sent details of all members on their books. There is no sorting to find a good match and less chance of being paired in advance with an ideal partner.
Step up a notch and and you will be using a dating agency which makes detailed computer comparisons to match people with similar interests, locations, and age groups. Now you are starting to get value for money. These agencies generally charge about £160 for the first five or six names and about £5 for each batch after that; but with luck they will be the sort of person you want to be with.
On the next level registration fees can jump up to about £700 for a personalised matching service for busy higher income earners. This can be anything from refined dining clubs with an exclusive clientele to individual introductions with carefully chosen matches.
The most elite dating agencies charge the privileged few allowed onto their books between £3000 and £7500 for headhunting other wealthy and influential individuals as suitable matches. Absolute discretion is of course, guaranteed.
If you eventually find that there is nothing like personal choice, why not try some of the other forms of online dating outlined on this site.