28 August, 2012

Global Personals celebrates 9th birthday with fastest growing share of dating industry

London, UK, 28 August 2012 - Global Personals Ltd, the largest privately owned online dating company in Europe that owns award-winning platform WhiteLabelDating.com, celebrates nine years in the business with a fast growing month-on-month share of the dating industry, that increased by +85% over the last three months (April vs. July*). The research studied key metric data from Hitwise, looking at sites in today’s dating market and the dating portfolio owned and operated by Global Personals Ltd. The top three visited sites in July 2012 were free dating site, PlentyOfFish, the Global Personals Ltd network, followed by Match.com. The data showed that the Global Personals network was only marginally behind the free dating site, yet Match.com’s visits lagged behind in third ranking with a -233% gap to Global Personals’ second place.

The company has grown from humble beginnings, from operating out of founder Ross’s spare room to now becoming one of the most successful online dating companies in the world. Employing a 130-strong team out of their London and Windsor offices, Global Personals has experienced revenue growth of 1371% in the last five years.

Ross Williams, Co-founder and CEO, said:

"These Hitwise statistics are the best present we could have been given for our 9th anniversary. Gone are the days of generic, ‘one size fits all’ dating sites, which used to dominate the market. With all of our technology developed in-house, we will continue to evolve with our vast network of global partners, offering the public the best range of desktop and mobile enhanced dating sites on the market."

Steve Pammenter, Co-founder and COO, adds:

"Being the fastest-growing company in the dating industry is a testament to the hard work by our great and highly experienced team. We have a number of structures in place to ensure that as a company, we can continue to grow and meet consumer demands - for both members of our dating sites and for our network of WhiteLabelDating.com partners. We look forward to a very bright future, with more plans in the pipeline to be announced over the next 12 months."

(*Global Personals Ltd percentage of dating category in Hitwise - April vs. July 2012).

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- About Global Personals -
Launched in 2003, Global Personals Ltd is one of the largest privately owned online dating companies worldwide. With annualised revenues of over £36 million, the company currently employs over 130 full time staff and owns and operates its own online dating sites including Singles365.com, DatingAgency.com and JustSingleParents.com, whilst its B2B service, WhiteLabelDating.com, offers a platform for brands and individuals to power their own dating sites that currently includes The Independent, Bauer Media and Dennis Publishing as partners. WhiteLabelDating.com provides the dating software, membership database, payment processing, customer support, hosting infrastructure and much more. You provide your brand, website design and marketing and we do the rest.

Global Personals has received a collection of accolades including fastest growing company in the South East, UK, in the 2011 and 2010 Deloitte Fast 50 and the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA, won Digital Business Of The Year 2010, highly ranked in The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 (2010, 2011) and the European Media Momentum Top 50 (2011, 2012). WhiteLabelDating.com has also won ‘Best Dating Software Provider’ for the last three years at the industry awards, iDate.

PR Contact:
Louisa Muhsin.
press@globalpersonals.co.uk

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