Our current recommended members providing service in Scotland include: One of the longest established agencies in the UK and now specialising in dating and introductory services for those in their 50,s, 60’s and 70’s.
Offers dating services for more mature individuals and excellent value for money, with prices starting from just £695 for a full years membership, which is less than online dating in some instances but with the same excellent standards of service through your own personal matchmaker and high level of confidentiality.
She looks for staff with counselling qualifications - "because you are dealing with people's emotions at the highest level" - and those with a university degree in a "helpful" subject such as management.
A major requirement is discretion, for no agency wants to employ a matchmaker who discusses clients outside the office.
If someone doesn't come to mind, then she goes through the photos and profiles on file, as well as holding mini conferences with colleagues.
One of the most comprehensive choices of membership packages on the market, with Ultimate, Elite and Elect packages to choose from and a company that we thoroughly endorse.
Her business and management experience was essential, particularly her budgeting skills and knowledge of spreadsheets.
Balfour says that agency directors need a flair for publicity and for public speaking, as well as strong computer skills.
While she won't discuss salaries, she compares professional matchmakers with a PA working at a multinational company, who could expect £30,000 or more. "A lot of dating companies fold, usually in the first six months," says Heather Heber Percy, chair of the Association of British Introduction Agencies ( org.uk).
This is because of unrealistic expectations about what the business involves.
Kennedy says that while some members do disappear off the radar, others send wedding invitations and baby pictures.