Working for Drawing Down the Moon with a small, close knit team, sometimes it’s easy to forget that there are so many of us working our little heart-print socks off, making love happen. But last night, in a room full of hundreds of dating industry professionals, I was reminded just how many of us are actually looking after the nation’s hearts. We’re like romantic superheroes! Or so I like to think, anyway.
The UK Dating Awards, now in its second year and founded by the wonderful Charly Lester, was hosted last night at the HAC Armoury Building in East London. The awards recognise newcomers and veterans alike and celebrate “the best of the British Dating Industry”.
We were joined at the awards by household online dating names such as Guardian Soulmates and match.com, as well as more niche businesses like Asian Single Solution. Of course, we were also rubbing shoulders with our own matchmaking peers – I can’t wait to get my hands on the photo of the lovely Genevieve Zawada of Elect Club and Rachel Maclynn of The Vida Consultancy planting two smackers on each of our very own Mary Balfour’s cheeks. Love is in the air!
I’m thrilled for all of the finalists and of course the winners – I felt like I was getting the inside scoop when Clocked won Best New Dating App 2015 and Bristlr won Best New Dating Site 2015.
I did however experience a special sort of excitement when it was announced that Mary Balfour, our MD, had won the Founder’s Award for 30 years of service to dating, and then Drawing Down the Moon, the matchmaking agency for thinking people, had won Matchmaking Agency of the Year. Naturally, that excitement gave way to mild horror when I realised how much wine I’d had and how tripping on my way up to the stage was a very real possibility (help!) but thankfully the whole team made it up, accident free, to accept our award. I couldn’t be more proud of my DDM girls who are making magical matches every day, and of course, the magnificent Mary Balfour.
The event was spectacular – the mood was electric and it was a real celebration of our fantastic industry. Our congratulations to all of the winners of the UK Dating Awards 2015, and we are so looking forward to seeing all of you again next year, hopefully with some new faces too!
If you are ready to meet someone special, contact the friendly award winning matchmakers at Drawing Down the Moon Matchmaking.