I love Timeout!
Which is why I am buzzing to be one of the new Timeout dating bloggers
I will be talking all things dating, london and relationships. As my posts go live you will be able to read them here: Timeout
Mind The Gap’ and keep your eyes peeled, as Find Your Commuter makes finding love on the tube a living reality!
Find the one that got away, whether on the Bakerloo, Northern, Overground or Hammersmith & City line. From Cockfosters to Morden Find Your Commuter offers keen eyed cupids the chance to approach the apple of their eyes, without the creepy gaze across the carriage.
“Find Your Commuter came about from a simple idea. The amount of people I’ve heard discuss the girl or guy they see every day on the tube but yet never did anything about it baffled me. The dating realm needed something specifically for Londoners. We’re a unique city and a unique bunch of people. We’re all so caught up in trying to get from A to B we let opportunities pass us by!” Scott Murphy Co. Founder of Find Your Commuter .
Now finding your commuter has never been easier. Simply register with just your email and fill our your fun profile. All you need to do is tell us what station you start and finish your commute, the line you use and the approximate time that you do this.
We will then show you other commuters taking the same route or one very similar. You also have the power to search for your future husband, girlfriend or next fling with our great search engine.
But don’t worry, to stop everybody having the ability to message you we have a great feature for privacy! Based on the Oyster card system on the underground a commuter will first need to ‘Touch In’ with you first. If you recognise or like the look of them simply ‘Touch Out’ and let the messaging
Find Your Commuter is an innovative way of breaking all the rules of commuting!
Bring those underground feelings to the surface.
Today it’s short and sweet from me but I wanted to share an article I wrote for the The Mirror newspaper here in the UK.
Last week a top male lawyer sent another high flying female lawyer a linkedin message. After he hit sent, a sexism row that divided the nation ensued.
I am thrilled that my London dating agency, Mutual Attraction, has become a finalist for 2 awards in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
The team at Mutual Attraction are celebrating after it was announced last night that we are finalists for not just 1 award, but 2 in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the ‘Service Industy’ and ‘Micro Business’ categories.
The Great British Entrepreneur Awards, taking place on 25th November at the Ballroom Southbank, Central London, are set to become the recognised standard of excellence amongst entrepreneurs. They mark a new era for entrepreneurship in the UK and this inaugural event is set to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution and inspiration provided by entrepreneurial businesses.
Mutual Attraction is Londoners matchmaking and dating agency of choice and the team work so hard to help and support even the pickiest of London daters to find love. I will be honest, it isn’t always an easy task but one we all thrive on.
Simon Burton, founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said: “The entries we have received for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards can only be described as awe inspiring. The quality has been outstanding. The judges have had the extremely difficult task of whittling the great and good of the entrepreneurial community down to the very best and we are delighted by the companies that have made the shortlist.
The Awards Ceremony itself in November will be a night to remember, with VIPs from the worlds of business and entrepreneurship gathering to celebrate entrepreneurial spirit in the UK.”
For more information about Mutual Attraction please contact:
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Charlotte Parham – Exposure Communications
Are men missing a trick?! The Inner Circle believes so!
The exclusive dating app and platform The Inner Circle, has made the controversial decision to ban female applicants for one month, to improve the ratio of males to females. A bold move but one that works out best for all members! With dating sites and apps being very female heavy it’s refreshing to hear that a site is making some changes and drawing attention to the fact that they need more men!
Women are good at spreading the word and telling their girl friends to sign up to a good thing. They are also happy that The Inner Circle provides at trustworthy platform for dating for professionals. This ban will provide London’s high-flying males a chance to enter a dating community filled to the brim with successful and driven females.
Every applicant has to be vetted and approved by a member of The Inner Circle which explains the global waiting list of 90,000, with 25,000 currently on the waiting list in the United Kingdom. Maybe men haven’t been so keen on the vetting process but now they have a reason to be!
At the dating agency I run, Mutual Attraction we have more of a balanced ratio of men to women and perhaps this is because men prefer confidentiality and our ‘offline’ approach.
So men if you’re looking for an great place to meet professional, ambitious and interesting woman online you may want to get signed up to The Inner Circle straight away.
The ban ends on the 1st October.
Life is Short. Have an Affair.
That’s the slogan for online affair website Ashley Madison. Notice I didn’t say online dating site? This site isn’t anything to do with dating.
For those of you not familiar with Ashley Madison, it’s a website where married people (or those in relationships) go to find someone with whom they can have an affair. Classy right? It also has a reported 37 million users. That’s an awful lot of people doing ‘research’. You see, since users names, email addresses and details have been leaked on the web, the excuse of ‘i was just doing it for research’ keeps cropping up. Yup, and i was born yesterday…..;)
Do I have any sympathy?
No. But i do feel sorry for their partners.
I also think there are lots of fake details on there. As you don’t have to confirm an email to use Ashley Madison it would be pretty easy to register someone as a prank. Equally there are lots of people sweating right now! Josh Duggar from 19 kids and counting has come forward to admit that he had an account spending nearly $1,000 dollars. This is the guy who preaches family values and has a young child with his wife.
I was invited onto Channel 5 news to talk about the leak a few weeks back when it was merely a threat. If you didn’t catch it you can watch a summary here:
Whether you agree with the leak of users or not, there is one lesson to be learnt and this quote sums it up perfectly:
Always worth keeping in mind! It’s also a good idea to google your name once in a while to see what comes up….after all you know your date is Googling you (even though I would say don’t do it!!). And i don’t mean that because i think you are up to something dodgy (you aren’t, are you? hehe) but because it’s always good to have an online presence that reflects who you are.
Share your thoughts with me on the hacking over on twitter, as usual, @matchmaker_miss
How much money do you spend on dating?
Research conducted on behalf of Debt Advisory Centre shows that a fifth of UK adults, the equivalent of 12.4 million people, have covered the cost of dating (in particular a date) using credit, borrowing on average of £164.
That’s a pretty shocking number of people. Maybe I’m a bit cynical but let’s face it, the research was conducted for a debt advisory service! Anyway, putting aside my cynicism, if people really are getting into debt over dating I’m really saddened by it.
Date’s shouldn’t be about how much money you spend or how ‘fancy’ the venue is.
Surely a date should be ALL about the company? Honestly, no date is worth getting in debt for. If they will only give you their attention if you’re spending money then quite frankly you are better off without them. It has no long term potential. One of my first dates with Christian was walking from the Tower of London to Canary Wharf followed by a stop off at Cafe Nero for a much needed warm drink…it was December and freezing!
We chatted the miles away and had a great time getting to know one another. Dates do not have to be expensive; if anything I’d say they should be the opposite, particularly in the early days. Don’t put pressure on yourself and ladies if you expect the guy to pay it is only fair don’t you think?
What do you reckon – should people reign in the spending when it comes to paying for dates? Share your thoughts with me on Twitter @matchmaker_miss
I was interviewed by Share Radio about the research which you can take a listen to here:
Date smart and date happy.
I love talking all things matchmaking and business so it was a real honour to be invited onto entrepreneur website the ‘Intrepid Entrepreneur Podcast’ to talk about launching not just Mutual Attraction, but also the Matchmaker Academy, my training school for matchmakers.
From tackling entrepreneur nerves, attracting clients to dealing with those off days we cover it all! I also give some practical tips and things i wish i had known 4 years ago about running a business!
You can listen to the half an hour Intrepid Entrepreneur podcast here.
Thanks for listening and catch you soon!
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am all about creating as many opportunities as possible in your life to meet new people.
With that ethos in mind why not try out a holiday for singles? I know what you’re thinking – you’ll be holed up in a tacky hotel somewhere having hours of coaching and cringing the hours away. That’s single holidays of the past!
Take Preseli Venture in Wales for example who offer a five-day adventure holiday for singles, where guests can share inspirational experiences with other adventure seekers. Their accommodation is a 5* eco lodge and the bedrooms are perfect for a relaxing night after a day of thrills. Leap from vertical rock faces into crystal blue water, kayak into incredible coves with the seals, and stargaze around the glow of the bonfire while making lasting relationships.
If you’re fed up of sitting in a stuffy bar, instead you can meet incredible people whilst splashing around in the sea, testing your limits and opening your mind to new experiences. One full day and four half days of guided adventure include coasteering, sea kayaking, surfing, a coastal walk, kite boarding, and a horse ride.
Guests spend the evenings watching sunsets over the beach, playing football or pool in the dining area, chilling out at the bar or sitting by the bonfire under the stars. Delicious home-cooked meals are included from lunch on Monday to lunch on Friday and all specialist equipment (including wetsuits) is provided. Each adventure activity is run by a team of friendly and welcoming professionals who love the outdoors.
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is the only coastal national park in the UK, famous for its turquoise waters, amazing wildlife and rugged cliffs – and just 4 hours from London. Preseli Venture offer over 25 years of experience specialising in adventure weekends and holidays including kayaking, surfing, coasteering and coastal walks along the Pembrokeshire cliffs.
Their next Singles Holiday takes place on 31st August-4th September 2015, costing £559pp – be quick as spaces are filling up!
How to get there: trains to Fishguard from London take 5 hours with free transfer to Preseli Venture on arrival. From London by car it takes approximately 4 hours.
Hello, hello, hello!
Phew, what a busy few weeks it has been! I’ve been busy matchmaking over at Mutual Attraction, launching the next Matchmaker Academy Bootcamp for trainee matchmakers and i’ve been keeping busy in the press talking all things love and dating. Here are a few interviews you might find interesting:
In 2014 I was awarded ‘International Bets Matchmaker’ Status as well as Mutual Attraction winning the UK Matchmaker of the year at the UK Dating Awards. I was invited to talk on London Live about how matchmaking is changing the face of dating for Londoners.
What did you make of the Ashley Maddison hacking? I shared my views on Channel 5 news….