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Discreet, safe and fun way to meet a partner

ALISON O'RIORDAN

Published 07/02/2010 | 05:00

AS PREVIOUS members of a dating agency, two entrepreneurs have come together to set up a fresh-thinking, totally private and confidential introduction agency for unattached individuals based on the failings and limitations of past experiences.

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The agency -- Two's Company -- is the brainchild of Jennifer Haskins and Bill Phelan. Despite being in the same dating agency for years, they didn't meet through it and have both questioned why.

"If the agency had been more thorough in profiling us, we believe that we could, and should, have met through them -- so we have used our experiences as the basis for this business, focusing our attention on the personal element on which old-fashioned matchmaking was based," said Jennifer.

With the two main dating agencies ceasing to operate in Dublin in the past year, Jennifer and Bill saw a gap in the market for a tailor-made, personalised service which wasn't internet-dependent and didn't reveal profiles or photographs on the internet.

"The cornerstone of what we do is confidentiality and discretion," says Bill. "This lets our members use our services without fears or concerns. The experience should be exciting and fun, but above all safe."

Having a male perspective through Bill was very important to the agency's approach. "Men have a very different approach to meeting people," says Jill. "We have several high-profile male clients whose main concern is confidentiality and professionalism. They require a high level of discretion; they want a service that can introduce them to women of similar backgrounds and interests, who share the same standards.

"While women naturally require the above, they want emphasis on safety. They are comfortable that we meet and interview every client and that we only agree to work for people who are committed to finding a partner," she said.

"We invest in cars, property, holidays, fashion -- and yet one of the most important elements of our life is our close personal relationship. The material things can fill the gap temporarily, but a life partner or soulmate can enhance our lives in a more profound and permanent way," said Jennifer.

To celebrate St Valentine's Day, Two's Company would like to offer the first 25 new members their choice of dinner for two, or a beauty treatment voucher. Phone 1850 241 241 for more information or to make an appointment

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