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Bringing singles together with experiences
“My Mum said to me one day, ‘why don’t people meet through people anymore? It’s all online and on websites. What’s wrong with meeting friends through friends at parties?’” For Charlie Spokes, founder of the dating and events company My Friend Charlie, this was her lightbulb moment. “We just don’t meet people like that anymore. By the time you’re in your early 30s, you already know your friends’ friends and most are coupled off, so you’re meeting the same people all the time. But meeting people through friends is brilliant and I thought ‘ how can I introduce that back into our online dating culture?’”
So the sales and events executive decided to do just that. Drawing on 7 years of experience in the city, Charlie spent 6 months building her idea up from an inkling of a plan to a fully -fledged business, launching My Friend Charlie with an inaugural wine tasting event in July 2017.
Food, drink and fun activities
My Friend Charlie bases their events around an activity, usually with food and drink at the centre. She aims to curate nights where people looking to meet other people – possibly romantically but not necessarily – can be looked after and introduced to their fellow guests, as if at a dinner party hosted by the most attentive and considerate hostess. Imagine the moment – and we’ve all had them – when you walk into a party or another social function, alone, draw a deep breath and steel yourself for making your way through the unknown crowds. Charlie is the person who takes your hand as you walk through the door and says ‘Welcome, brilliant you’re here, come and meet this other lovely person’. Before you know it, a room full of strangers is talking to one another, being effortlessly guided from one end to the other, so no one gets stuck in their groups.