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Webpreneur Darren Richards

The Times - 6 March 2009

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

Something got me started:
Darren Richards

Growing Business - 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...

Tenerife attracts the champagne set; but has bargain property prices

The Sunday Times - 24 February 2008

When Darren Richards sold, 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...

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

Brand Republic - 9 January 2007, 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....

French firm seduces

The Register - 9 January 2007

DatingDirect, the Brummie-based dating service, has been sold to French dating company Meetic for £27.3m... in cross border marriage with Meetic

Clearwater Corporate Finance - 8 January 2007

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

Darren advises on making a date
with internet success

Birmingham Post - 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...

Love and cash in the air for
web dating sites

The Times - 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...

How I made it: Darren Richards - Founder of

The Sunday Times - 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,

The love business

The Guardian - 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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