Why Old Fashioned Matchmaking works and online dating doesn't

Bowes-Lyon Partnership, the Belgravia based agency, who finds partners for the elite and successful have just announced the first engagement of 2012 of two of its clients. They have an 80% success rate compared to 2-5% for online dating websites.
By: Caroline Ratner Communications
March 1, 2012 - PRLog -- Bowes-Lyon Partnership, the Belgravia based agency, who finds partners for the elite and successful have just announced the first engagement of 2012 of two of its clients.

The engagement is between Lawrence Castle 31, an internet entrepreneur and Sarah Bond 30, a researcher.  The happy couple met through Bowes-Lyon Partnership less than a year ago.  Lawrence knew from the moment he met Sarah that she was “the one”.  She was excited but she wasn’t as sure about him as he was about her at first, but she thought he was a real gentleman.  After they first met, Sarah had to travel for work and Laurence sent flowers to her hotel.  Sarah’s attraction grew for him and Lawrence’s never wavered, their feelings for each other grew stronger until they fell in love.  Hayley and Natalie Bystram, the two sisters who run Bowes-Lyon Partnership kept in touch every few months to check how things were going and Sarah told them she’d been to stay with his family overseas. Then a couple of weeks ago Hayley dropped him a note to see how things were progressing, and he broke the news that he had proposed and that she’d agreed to marry him.

Of his Bowes Lyon Partnership experience, Lawrence says: “Bowes Lyon Partnership is not like an online dating agency, it’s a bespoke, hand crafted approach to dating. Hayley really takes the time to find out exactly what people are looking for, I felt she really got to know me and what I was looking for. She is very skilled in understanding people’s personality and detecting what they want.  She quickly understood me and picked the right elements and the right mix, and made a fantastic connection”.

Since its inception over two years ago the two sisters have been quietly making a name for themselves successfully introducing eligible, high-calibre, accomplished single people who are looking for love and a serious relationship and want to enjoy the process along the way. With lots of their clients now in successful relationships, living together, talking of marriage or just enjoying successful committed relationships it’s no surprise that they are having a 75-80% success rate in helping their clients find love compared to 2-5% that use online dating sites – a huge difference. Indeed a recent article in Scientific American reports that psychologists have found out why online dating is unlikely to find you a soul mate.

The secret of Bowes-Lyon Partnership’s success is quite simple, Hayley and Natalie spend time really getting to know their clients and meet each prospective member for a complimentary and informal chat over coffee before they join to ensure Bowes-Lyon Partnership is right for them and they are right for Bowes-Lyon Partnership.  Amongst other things, they find out about their backgrounds, values, their relationship history and of course exactly what they are looking for in a partner so that they can get to work matching them with the partner of their dreams. There are no long forms to fill in, no profiles to compile and no “look books”, no trawling through online members’ sites with ancient photos and dodgy profiles, the team really do know their clients and only make introductions if they are confident the couple will get along.

Hayley and Natalie Bystram, who run Bowes-Lyon Partnership, are aware that their members take a leap of faith when joining.  They understand that it’s an emotional as well as a financial commitment on their part to become members and that they ultimately want to change their lives.

“We were so thrilled to hear the news about Sarah and Lawrence. It’s very exciting for us when our couples make a commitment to each other, because we really get to know our clients so well. One of the most important parts of our service is the personal relationships we build with our clients, the better we know our clients the more successful the introductions are - nothing makes us happier than when we make a successful match!”  



For further information please contact: Caroline Ratner  caroline@carolinecomms.com or 020 8209 0120

Notes to editors

Members pay a £5,000 fee for 12 months not a calendar year, which means that once they start dating someone regularly and if they chose to be in an exclusive relationship with that person they can freeze their membership and if the relationship doesn’t work out they can simply resume their membership from when they put it on hold.
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