Dating & Introduction Frequently Asked Questions
A. Select Personal Introductions has never changed ownership or been part of a franchise nor does it have a diluted membership due to being spread too thinly across the United Kingdom, and it is not an online dating service.
Established since 1997, the company has stood the test of time and concentrates on attracting single articulate people of the professions and introducing them to like-minded, compatible partners. Select has more professional members than any other agency in the Northwest and surrounding areas. For your peace of mind Select is regulated through membership of the Association of British Introduction Agencies.
A. Your happiness is paramount to us and we understand that personal contact with our professional dating experts is vital, and so our dating consultants are always on hand to answer any questions you might have, and to offer support and advice during membership – we are just a phone call away. The majority of online sites are ill-equipped and unable to offer such high levels of personal commitment.
A. At this dating agency for professionals, a great deal of emphasis is placed on safety for everyone and identification of each applicant is checked to verify that they are who they say they are and live where they say they live. Select Personal Introductions safety guidelines are the result of consultations with the Greater Manchester Police and are exclusively published in our membership dating manual together with hints, tips and advice about dating along with useful addresses and telephone numbers.
A. Confidential and discreet at all times – Select is registered with Data Protection and regulated through membership of the Association of British Introduction Agencies. We maintain member information in a genuinely confidential manner.
A. The Office of Fair Trading said the increased potential to meet new people online is being exploited by scammers to con people out of their money. Fraudsters generally target online singles columns and dating websites. The online profiles they create are fictitious and are usually accompanied with fake photographs. Members of Select Personal Introductions acknowledge that all information supplied is true and accurate and in no way misleading. This is verified by our professional team of dating experts. Our singles membership base is expertly policed and any information found to be false would lead to immediate termination of membership.
A. Some dating agencies cover the whole of the United Kingdom and as such are faced with the difficulty of a diluted membership. The majority of its singles membership base will be located in the South of England. This means that you will have to be prepared to do a lot more travelling at the end of a days work to meet your Mr or Mrs Right! Select Personal Introductions covers the entire Northwest and surrounding areas and has more professional single people on its books than any other traditional dating agency in the area. As such we can provide our single members looking for love with local introductions.
A. No, we recently heard of a lady who paid £800 to a franchised dating company only to find that 3 months later the business failed and ceased trading! The problem is franchise fees. These fees can really affect net earnings. A franchisee still has to pay for its regular business operation expenses as well as the ongoing franchise fees so it’s easy to see that the dating agency will not be making as much money as originally believed – it is actually very risky: They also struggle to build a secure singles database quickly and as such, approximately 70 – 80% of these businesses fail within the first 2 – 5 years.
A. Yes, we are proud to say that we have been established since 1997 and have been regulated through membership of the Association of British Introduction Agencies since year 2000! In fact our consultative services are managed by Mr Alex Mellor-Brook – an A.B.I.A. Elected Council Member since 2001!
A Many personal introduction agencies simply offer access to a database of potential partners from all walks of life and from all over the country, without providing any reassurance that details of their members are accurate and up to date. They simply generate a list of names from a computer that satisfy your chosen criteria. It does not mean that you actually satisfy theirs, making contact with other single people a non-starter!
Select Personal Introductions is dedicated to providing a professional and unique personal service for single, articulate professional people. We understand that our members want more. They want a genuine personal introduction service, with qualified personal portfolios and expert help to identify the right introduction for a long term relationship. They want to meet people who want to meet them.
A. No, we do not use computers, videos or any dating gimmicks during the matchmaking process. As a professional introductions agency, it is important that we learn as much about you as possible. To help us achieve this, we like every new Select member to meet with one of our highly experienced dating consultants either at our offices or in the comfort of your own home. It is a great opportunity for us to answer your questions and for you to learn more about how our professional introductions service works. Our consultant will expertly identify your key relationship needs, i.e. values, expectations and communication styles to help to introduce you to members with complementary personalities. As the Northwest’s largest professional introductions agency this personal attention is an important first step in our service to you.
A. Single people who have never been married before, or who have been divorced, separated or widowed, but all with one thing in common… they are single and looking to meet someone like you.
A. People join us for many reasons, all of them very personal. Mainly however, they fall into three groups – those looking for marriage, those looking for a long term relationship and those looking for close friendships. Whatever your reason for joining us, you can be sure that we will introduce you to people with whom you are compatible.
A. We can help. It isn’t always easy to attract the right type of person but seemingly, all too easy to attract those who aren’t. At Select Personal Introductions our experienced and professional dating consultants introduce you by using standard compatibility markers. We take many factors into account including the results of our personality questionnaire, thereby effectively, positively and exclusively searching for those members who would be right for you.
A. Professional single people are working longer hours making it impossible to find love. Everybody seems to be in the busy ‘career trap’ leaving very little time for a fulfilling personal life. Unlike other introduction agencies, our dedicated consultants do all the hard work for you. We carry out partner searches and personally select matches that fulfil your chosen criteria. We have already established that the members we are introducing you to are available and want to meet with you therefore, making each dating experience more worthwhile!
A. These venues are O.K. for a casual date but not usually conducive to meeting new people with a view to a lasting relationship. So, if you are single but would prefer to be in a relationship Select Personal Introductions is here to help. As one of the UK’s largest introduction agencies, we have helped thousands of single people take control of their futures by bringing well-matched people together in a safe, friendly and relaxed environment. The quality and reputation of our service is a direct reflection of the quality of our singles membership base. We offer a first class operation using highly trained staff and sophisticated methods but our success lies in attracting high quality single people of the professions as members. The one thing all our members have in common is that they are all single and all genuinely looking for a long-term relationship.
A. Meeting new people can be daunting especially if you are not familiar with the area either and it is difficult to know where to go to find like-minded people. You know that they are out there, but where? At Select Personal Introductions our extensive marketing strategies mean that many thousands of new members join up every year making it easier to meet your perfect match.
A. This can be a time of ‘limbo’ and low confidence but, if you want to put the past behind you and start anew, we can help you to do just that. We are waiting for your call and are ready to offer you the opportunity to make new friends, get back into the ‘social whirl’ and, when you are ready, to find that special someone – your ‘ideal partner’.
A. You are never too old! Our mature members have a relaxed, carefree and positive outlook to membership and enjoy it for all it’s worth. Quite simply – they couldn’t care less what people think and this seems to be the key. They are forward looking and open about how they are going to spend the rest of their lives and feel that Select Personal Introductions offer the most professional and caring service with a more local membership. Because we specialise in the Northwest and surrounding areas, members do not have to travel the length and breadth of the country to meet introductions.
A. Taking that first step is never easy but with expert help and guidance from our professional matchmaking team you could easily be sharing life experiences with someone special, the possibilities are endless with the right dating agency! So if you are single, unattached and looking for love, Select Personal Introductions can work for you.
A. No, speed dating can be fun, fast, but short-lived and matching often happens a few days after the event – most organisations match people at random without taking into account all the important factors that make for a long term relationship.
A. We understand that our members are busy, professional people, and so Select Personal Introductions service is dedicated to making the search for your ideal partner as simple as possible. Our consultants work closely with you to build a clear and accurate portfolio detailing your interests, life priorities and future goals and all introductions are discussed with you personally. It is an all important part of our professional introduction service.
A. No, absolutely not. Select Personal Introductions membership covers a wide range of people including many single parents just like you. Our large and ever growing membership gives you the opportunity to start dating again and to find someone to suit you and your family.
A. We are all looking for different things in people and in our relationships. What each individual is particular about forms the basis of our personally tailored membership. Our detailed portfolios, recent photographs and up to date membership information helps to identify the right introductions.
A. Most dating agency sites operate a computerised service whereby members can logon and view photographs and details of other members, similar to online dating sites. It’s also a fact that most users of these sites often trawl through the photographs first, with much older members choosing the younger profiles. It would seem that no real thought is ever given to real relationship needs and most men move from one profile to another very quickly! Statistics show that very few relationships develop from this method of dating.
Let’s face it; dating sites don’t mind if we lie on our profile – they are still making money and they know that we all like to sound better than we actually are. We want to appear more attractive, more successful and more financially savvy. Whether you write your own profile or enlist the help of the dating site consultant, the truth will always be embellished! With this in mind, if you sound greater and better, then many other members do too which poses the questions, are details truly accurate? Do members get to logon and change or update their details at any time and if so, how is this monitored?
At Select Personal Introductions all member details are taken using a carefully devised personal programme allowing no room for exaggerated truths! We want all our members to have an honest evaluation of the person we are introducing them to so that they have a real chance of taking that all important first meeting on to a new level. Membership is carefully monitored by our professional team of dating agency consultants and our unique feedback system ensures that our singles membership base is kept up to date.
A. The majority of popular online dating sites and computerised services link in with one main database of single people. So it does not matter which site you sign up to, you will still be getting the same choice of people – from all over the country and from all walks of life, whether you pay £500 or £50. So, if you consider yourself more intelligent, articulate and attractive and if you are looking to meet people of the professions, joining an independent agency such as Select Personal Introductions could be your key to success.
A. That if you join a dating site or computer service and enter your personal details onto the main database then you leave yourself wide open to being seen and scrutinised by other visitors and members of the site. Your personal details and photograph could be viewed, recognised, printed and even distributed by work colleagues and business associates, friends – past and present, ex’s and relatives from previous relationships, extended family, school children, neighbours, social peers and perhaps the odd enemy, causing great embarrassment in the future. So if you are working directly with the public, in a high profile position or going through a relationship breakdown being on public display may not be for you.
Some sites even claim to keep their members true identity secret so what happens if you contact someone that you know or that who works for you – they might realise, decide not to pursue it, but never tell you… they might tell ten other people though!
Joining Select Personal Introductions with a well earned reputation for discretion and confidentiality is a perfect solution. Our professional team of consultants take all your needs into consideration and never leave anything to chance!
We look forward to hearing from you. Call today on 0161 872 3900.