The month of February is often focused around the theme of love and relationships, with the famous Valentine’s Day falling on the 14th. With love all around us, we turned to Devon’s very own expert in love – Pi Society’s CEO Nicky Dunn – to give us an inside look into the business of match-making. Nicky is the proud owner of Exeter matchmaking service, Pi Society, which is in its third year of operation.
The first question we had to ask is Nicky’s philosophy of love. There are quite a few match-making options available for singletons in Devon and finding the right company for your needs is almost as difficult as navigating the dating scene itself.
“Chemistry isn’t everything” Nicky begins.
Of course, it’s part of the recipe that makes up a good match but “there’s a lot more that needs to be considered: trust, loyalty, listening and sharing”, for example, are all equally as important.
It’s no surprise then that Nicky’s go-to romantic films include Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) and Ghost (1990) where character lessons revolve around these vital elements of true love.
Unfortunately, life doesn’t work like the movies for all of us. Finding our soulmate can often be side-lined by our careers and commitments. Sometimes we need someone on our side, who knows what we’re looking for and can vet the choices before committing to a date. This is where Pi Society comes in: your local love gurus.
Nicky’s Top Tips for Dating:
Do Things Alone:
This may sound obvious but a lot of people are afraid to do things by themselves. Explore and create your own adventures!
What are your dreams, goals, desires and setbacks? Explore the little things that make you, YOU. What do you need to feel complete?
Meet new people:
Meeting people without the intention of love can build your confidence in the dating world. Talking to different people, stepping out of your comfort zone and seeing what people have to say can help you develop the skills and confidence to date.
How Does Pi Society Matchmaking Work?
Pi Society is all about a personalised service for each client, available under two levels of membership: a social membership (from £20 p/m) or a dating membership (starting from £550 for six months). Keep reading for an exclusive Yellow Trumpet discount offer.
The Social Membership
The social membership revolves around organic matchmaking at events where like-minded individuals can meet in relaxed settings. The regular events ran by Pi Society span many interests to ensure there is something for everyone. Nicky coins their calendar the “perfect antidote to loneliness”. In addition to the monthly singles evening, Pi Society run several nights for specialist hobbies like wellness and wellbeing, supper nights, salsa nights, book clubs hosted by local authors, comedy nights, guided walks, cycle rides, weekends away in the UK and much more!
Nicky strongly believes that bringing people together can help to build stronger ties in the community and one way she does this is through arranging social events.
Another way is through supporting multiple charities in Exeter. For example, Pi Society gives Age UK Exeter 50p per month for every member to help the charity in their objective to tackle loneliness in the older generation.
“The emphasis is that Pi Society has focused on inclusivity and bringing like-minded people together.”
Nicky highlighted the devastating impact loneliness can have on our society for all generations and her goal was to bring people together with her social approach to matchmaking.
It’s no easy feat, with a host of events on the calendar each week, Nicky is a busy working mum balancing the work/home balance. Nonetheless, Pi Society has easily become one of the most recommended matchmaking services in the county – Nicky can’t go far in Exeter without being recognised.
The Dating Membership
The dating membership involves one-to-one work between client and agent to match clients up with potentials. This membership includes an informal two-hour consultation to fully understand who you are as a person and what you need in your significant other. Nicky and her team get to work by setting you up with the right candidates in their books, listening carefully to your feedback to customise the service. Dating members also enjoy the full benefits of the social membership to ensure they are given ample chances to meet the one and benefit from Nicky’s growing network of singletons.
Nicky prides herself on the match-making service that “brings human intelligence and a much more personalised and proven approach to matching… compatible partners” with every client supported through the stages of their dating experience. Nicky explains that the feedback they receive from their clients goes to developing their services and “makes for a powerful process designed to move quickly to deliver a happy outcome”.
“We have now matched over 44 couples* and it’s been incredible!”*couples counted as relationships of three or more months.
Nicky and her team are also enjoying some weddings this year as the result of Pi Society matches. She is incredibly humbled to be a part of every client’s journey to love and shared one client’s story with us through this review:
“Thank you for your amazing match… I can’t begin to tell you how awesome the last two months have been… I could never have written the script so well – he is simply perfect! To say I am completely blown away is an understatement! I never dreamt in my wildest dreams that I would ever find my soul mate and one which would exceed my expectations. That is all down to you, your skill and your kindness.”Pi Society Client.
Nicky wasn’t always a match-maker, mind you. Her career began matching people to their careers. She had been in recruitment for 18 years before realising her skillsets could translate to more “heartfelt matches”. Nicky had witnessed that Devon “was lacking in social contact… a lot of [her] friends… were going through changes in their relationships and going online and not enjoying the experience.”
Virtual vs. Actual
There are countless apps and online services available to us with ‘matches’ available at the click of a button. While digital has made many aspects of our lives easier, the same can’t be said for matters of the heart in Nicky’s opinion.
“In my experience, so many people lie about their age and their profile pictures aren’t always up-to-date. Humans are social and we need contact… there is nothing like meeting [your match] face-to-face.”
Nicky’s had several clients come to her who are done with “wast[ing their] valuable time wading through hundreds of random profiles, many of whom are just looking for the casual date rather than a long-lasting relationship.”
If you want a different approach to matchmaking that doesn’t involve swiping left, deciphering acronyms or going on bad date after bad date but, instead, focuses on real-life connections, get in touch with Pi Society today.