Finding love, when you’re looking for a serious relationship, whether you’re in your 30s, 40s 50s or 60s can be challenging to say the least. Well meaning friends and relatives try to set you up on dates but it’s rarely with someone that you’ve got anything in common with and internet dating can be great for some but for the majority it’s a lot of effort for very little reward. While it is no longer seen as taboo to go to an introductions agency most dating agencies tend to be sales driven, high turnover operations, which, in many cases have lost that personal touch. The chances of randomly bumping into a like-minded potential partner in the street, at a party or a work event are remote, especially when you have a busy life, a successful career or are divorced or widowed.
Step in Hayley and Natalie Bystram, two sisters who spotted a gap in the market for the return of the old fashioned matchmaking service and set up Bowes-Lyon Partnership. Since its inception 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.
The secret of their success is quite simple, they 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 is right for them and they are right for Bowes-Lyon. Amongst other things, they find out about their backgrounds, values, their relationship history and of course exactly what they are looking for 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 sure the couple will get along.
Not only does Bowes-Lyons Partnership have an exceptional commitment to service and understanding of their clients by providing a bespoke and empathetic approach to making matches but they will even help clients get “relationship ready” with their little black book of specialists, which includes a renowned dating expert and a personal stylist amongst others who can help members look and feel their most confident when looking for love.
They also understand that privacy and discretion are of the utmost importance, which is why information and photos are only swapped if both members are willing and both clients have to agree to be in contact before they are introduced. Joining Bowes-Lyon is not about ticking boxes on a list – it’s all about personal service and that elusive “spark”.
They offer support and guidance throughout the whole process and members liaise with the same person at Bowes-Lyon throughout their membership, which means the team can build close relationships with their members. Providing advice and encouragement is part of their success at making matches and they have even been called on to give pre-date wardrobe advice and invited out to celebratory dinners with people who they have introduced!
Hayley and Natalie Bystram, who run Bowes- Lyon, are aware that their members take a leap of faith when joining. They understand that it’s an emotional as well as financial commitment on their part to become members and that they ultimately want to change their lives.
“People are opening themselves up and can feel very vulnerable when they come to us,” says Hayley Bystram, one of the two sisters who run Bowes-Lyon. “We understand this and know how important it is to be there for our clients throughout the whole process. Building personal relationships with our members is vital because the better we know our clients the better matches we are able to make – nothing makes us happier than when we make a successful match!”.
For further information please contact: Caroline Ratner firstname.lastname@example.org (email link) or 020 8209 0120