Having been single herself for many years, Maycock says the singles scene can be grim for men at times, especially when they’ve lost their “wingman” to marriage.
Aware that men tend to be shy of joining online dating sites, the couple decided to build their agency and brand around men.
Both divorced with grown-up children, Jennifer (in her 50s) believes that their shared life experience gives them a greater understanding of the challenges and pitfalls facing their clients.
With a background in counselling and psychotherapy, Haskins is aware that many people looking to meet a new partner following a relationship or marriage breakup or the death of a partner may not be emotionally ready.
“Intro is an internet dating site – in fact it’s the opposite,” she says.
“We meet all of our clients face-to-face, we complete a detailed profile for them and, on that basis, we arrange suitable matches, going so far as to actually arrange the dates rather than passing along personal information such as phone numbers.” The main difference between matchmaking agencies and online dating sites, according to Maycock, is that the agencies accept only those who are actually available and looking for a relationship.
People coming out of another relationship or who have lost a partner are looking for a partner, a companion and somebody with shared values.” Describing their company as the “more serious, professional end of the market”, Haskins says women need to be aware of the impact that rejection or ridicule can have on a man’s confidence – even an outwardly confident man. Women will discuss and analyse their problems with their female friends but if a man tries to bring the topic up with his male friends, they tend to shy away from it as they are not comfortable discussing issues of the heart.