"I soon realised there was a real stigma here associated with dating, mostly due to the perception that dating agencies were synonymous with one night stands, false profiles, people purporting to be younger or slimmer than they really were and married men pretending they were single."I couldn't get over how people were reluctant to like our Facebook page in case people would see them liking it and think they were looking for a relationship.Most of her career was spent in banking and before leaving she was in charge of four branches and specialised in business lending.She left to start her own consultancy as a business mentor for small companies working through Dungannon Enterprise Centre.
‘Advice like “don’t approach him, don’t respond to his messages quickly, don’t tell him that you’re looking for a serious relationship, don’t be needy” is so 2006. ‘We’re playing defensive because we don’t want him to reject us.‘They literally gave a set of rules to live by if one wants to have a husband. ‘People say approaching someone in the daytime is harassment. ‘Why is it fine to meet someone by going to a bar, getting drunk, deciding there’s no-one fit around you and then going on Tinder?‘Chapter Two, which clearly states, no joke, you have to be “a creature unlike any other”. ‘And yet speaking to someone in the travel section of Foyles would be really f***ing weird? ‘But if it’s not, I’ve seen a fantastic thing you can find on the internet.Happily married mum of two and former bank manager Claire Hughes may seem an unlikely Cupid but her uncanny matchmaking skills have just won her UK-wide recognition.Claire's bespoke dating company Soiree Society recently scooped Best Upcoming Matchmaker in the UK at the annual European and UK Dating Awards 2016 in the company of TV hit show First Dates which also picked up a top gong.