That’s where we come in.’Elect’s fees start at £10,000 (plus VAT) per year, which includes a face-to-face consultation with a trained matchmaker.
For an extra £5,000, the company will search for suitors at business and social events.
However, relationship expert and counsellor Diana Parkinson believes that might be due to unrealistic expectations.
‘Our members are successful professionals of all ages — we’ve even got a few famous faces.
They don’t have time to meet people the usual ways and don’t want the indiscretion of putting a profile on dating sites.
So Abra paid £15,000 to a high-end introduction agency.
And, in her case, money did buy love, as just four months after Abra parted with her savings, her matchmaker introduced her to Dan, a management consultant.
‘We talked very easily about everything from our families to our careers and everything in between.’ But pricey matchmaking services don’t always pay off.Some disgruntled members accuse them of not delivering the goods.Knightsbridge-based Seventy Thirty has similarly high annual fees, from £9,500 for basic matchmaking, to an eye-watering £50,000 for a global search.Despite this, boss Lemarc Thomas says membership has trebled in the past two years.He believes he gives value for money, guaranteeing at least eight introductions in 12 months, and says nine out of ten people find a relationship within that time — though there is no money-back guarantee if you don’t find ‘the one’.‘I’m intelligent and ambitious, but have strong family values and wanted a man who was on the same page,’ says Abra, whose parents, a housewife and a construction company owner, have been married for 40 years.