Darren Richards in the Press

Darren's success as a businessman has led to a lot of buzz in the media. As well as numerous articles in the broadsheet newspapers and across the Internet, Darren has also appeared on the BBC's Money Programme. Here are just a few of the articles:


Canarian Weekly in Tenerife

Oxo mum causes stir

26 April 2013
RESPECTED Tenerife entrepreneur Darren Richards has hit the UK headlines this week in a High Court libel action. It was brought against him by Oxo ad mum, Lynda Bellingham, 64, her husband Michael Pattemore...
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Official Response

Lynda Bellingham, Michael Pattemore and Virtual Property World

22 April 2013
There has recently been several articles in the press, placed there presumably by Lynda Bellingham's PR team which take a very one-sided view of some recent events and also appears to use quite a bit of "celebrity spin"...
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The Times

Profile: webpreneur Darren Richards

6 March 2009
Founder of Dating Direct talks about being single, flying helicopters and how he became a gold card holder... on Monarch...
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Growing Business

Something got me started: Darren Richards

6 November 2008
I was running a small business importing children’s novelty toys like Tamagotchi, virtual pets and that sort of thing from the Far East and I found the internet incredibly useful in locating products...
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Sunday Times

Tenerife attracts the champagne set; but has bargain property prices

24 February 2008
When Darren Richards sold DirectDirect.com, the online dating service he founded, for almost £30m last year, it wasn't to the obvious millionaires' playgrounds that he headed with his spoils...
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Brand Republic

DatingDirect sold for £27m to pan-European rival Meetic

9 January 2007
DatingDirect.com, which grew to be one of the UK's lasting successes of the dotcom boom, is to be sold to Meetic, the pan-European dating website, in a deal worth £27.3m....
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The Register

French firm seduces DatingDirect

9 January 2007
DatingDirect, the Brummie-based dating service, has been sold to French dating company Meetic for £27.3m...
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Clearwater Corporate Finance

DatingDirect.com in cross border marriage with Meetic

8 January 2007
The UK's leading online dating agency DatingDirect.com and its sister company Chemistry are to be sold to the European sector leader Meetic in a deal worth £27.3 million...
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The Birmingham Post

Darren advises on making a date with internet success

26 July 2006
Web-based innovations can quickly fail if their creators are not clued up on budgeting and marketing, the founder of the UK's biggest online dating agency has warned...
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The Times

Love and cash in the air for web dating sites

11 February 2006
DATINGDIRECT, the UK's biggest online dating company, is expecting to see its profits more than triple this year as more people seek love online...
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Sunday Times

How I made it: Darren Richards - Founder of DatingDirect.com

29 June 2003
Sceptics seeking proof that internet dating really works need look no further than Darren Richards, the creator of Britain's largest dating service, DatingDirect.com...
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The Guardian

The love business

13 February 2003
On the eve of Valentine's Day Libby Brooks investigates the booming dating industry, used by one in five single adults in the UK...
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How I Made It: 40 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal How They Made Millions

How I Made It: 40 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal How They Made Millions

by Rachel Bridge
Some of the 40 entrepreneurs featured in the book include Darren Richards (founder of DatingDirect.com)
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