He had been a member of a dating agency in Gerrard’s Cross in Buckinghamshire that had shut down and Elect had bought it. When Ms Fontaine emailed to complain, she received an email back from Daniel Andre, the CEO of the company, saying: ‘Each of our members have specific criteria and their requirement doesn’t especially match your profile, I am afraid. Unfortunately, Elect decided she owed them two months’ membership.
I'm delighted to say Helen and I have now started a family” “I have to confess, I went to see a lot of agencies in London before choosing Elan to help me find a life partner. Quite simply because they do what they say they will do.The company, Elect Club, claimed to have the ‘largest private database of single professionals in London’, including business leaders and entrepreneurs.It also claimed that all its consultants, as staff were called, were trained in neuro-linguistic programming, or NLP – a psychotherapy technique based on the connection between neurological processes and language – and this technique was used when potential members were interviewed.Impressed by this apparently rigorous approach, Ms Fontaine, 44, rang up to enquire about joining and a consultant invited her to an interview, not at the company’s registered offices in the City of London but at the Charing Cross Hotel on The Strand.‘I thought it was a bit strange but was quite happy because it was on my way home,’ says Ms Fontaine. She was given his email address and sent him a message. They emailed her some more details, for a man with a Persian-sounding name, who was 56 and worked in financial investments.‘The thought of coming home to find my flat being stripped by bailiffs has certainly taken the sparkle out of any romantic ideas,’ she says.
Lisa Guennifa, associate director of Elect, said: ‘Alex was super-eager to be matched.The Elan Team are approachable, reassuring and helpful and every single person I have met has been so lovely.I am seeing one particular gentleman for the third date soon, watch this space” “Having come away from a relatively long marriage, I was feeling a little nervous about joining the ‘dating scene’ again.Join an ABIA-registered dating agency and you can relax in the knowledge that they subscribe to the ABIA Code of Practice.Personal Matchmaking for Successful Attractive Professionals in London A dash of inspiration and a shot of success, mixed with a generous quantity of experience, add a twist of flair and you’ve got Elan London.They met at 5pm in the upstairs bar and spent an hour and a half talking about what she wanted in a partner.‘I asked her about the sort of men they had on their books and she told me she had two men immediately in mind for me. I asked specifically if these men were looking for a quick fling or a long-term relationship and she said, “If they’re paying upwards of £500 for membership, then they’re looking for a relationship.” ’She then enquired about meeting Tim but was told that he was now in a relationship and had come off their books. A strange email exchange ensued in which he informed her in pidgin English that while he was ‘very happy and excited to meet a person of such attractive profile’, he was ‘only a novice in the single life’.