And for them, forking out £10,000 – rising to £40,000 if they want to “headhunt” a husband or wife internationally – to join the elite agency in search of a date, is barely a drop in the financial ocean.“The people we have are the kind who do not miss £10,000 coming out of their bank account.The amount of money doesn’t bother them,” says Emma, who works with A-list clients across Scotland and the north of England.“In Scotland alone we have three to four hundred people on our books and it’s steadily growing all the time.“It’s that they get there and there’s no-one there for them.Or they meet someone they fancy and find they are a gold digger.“Gentlemen are finding it difficult to find the right calibre of lady.For while the rest of us stress about finding enough spare cash to fund our night out, Emma points out that part of the rich man or wealthy woman’s problem at the nightclub or bar is finding someone who isn’t simply in it for their money.“It’s not necessarily the places they go that are the issue,” says Emma, agreeing that Edinburgh has a wealth of quality bars and restaurants packed with high earners.
“I immediately changed my Google search to ‘introduction agency’!
In each area office, staff sift through members’ details and carefully hand pick and match them with other members for dates.
According to Emma Budgen, who runs the new Edinburgh base – the matchmaking agency’s only UK office outside of London – there is a healthy demand from Scottish high earners who simply don’t have the time, the right social network, or the desire to dodge the hen parties in George Street on a Saturday night in the search for prospective partners.
In Edinburgh we already have a pool of people going through the matching process.“What we’ve found are our members in Edinburgh are generally very busy and spend a lot of time travelling.
They are in the financial industry, the legal profession, and a lovely mix of entrepreneurs who are very busy running their own businesses and maintaining them.