A few years ago a friend of mine with a Ph D paid a matchmaking company £5,000 for a "bespoke" service.
Over a period of 6-18 months, you will meet a series of attractive, intelligent, dynamic people, all of whom have been pre-assessed as being compatible with you.
Your matchmaker will become your confidant, consultant and friend who will personally search amongst our network of thousands of vetted singles, honing in on the select few who most closely match you and making a series of one-on-one introductions.
She tells of top-end British agencies who trade mainly in Russian brides or whose attempts at a personal approach consist of handing a client an album full of black and white photographs of their other clients.
The industry could certainly do with some form of regulation.
For Caroline's clients there is no trawling the internet looking at photos, no online chats and no exaggerated profiles. Not only do 72 per cent of her clients leave the service having met a partner, Caroline was recently voted the world's most successful matchmaker at i Date, the dating industry's Oscars, in Las Vegas.