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DINNER DATES TO THE RESCUE - The UK’s longest established dining company responds to requests from a growing number of single people in the South!

Dinner Dates (, the UK’s leading dining and social events company offering a diverse range of exciting events for single professional people, is expanding into Sussex and Surrey. Until recently, Dinner Dates operated primarily in and around London, but with a noticeable increase of single people joining weekly from around the country, in particular from the southern home counties, Dinner Dates Managing Director and Founder, Agony Aunt and Author Hillie Marshall, felt it was time to expand the business outside of London.

Spearheading the Sussex and Surrey franchise is 29-year-old Dinner Dates member Nichola Archibald, who left the security of a well-paid city job and established career in Human Resources to launch the new arm of Dinner Dates ( in the South.

Nichola welcomes the business challenge ahead; β€œI joined Dinner Dates in 2006 when I was extremely busy at work and had little time to organise my social life. After reading about the company’s growth in The Telegraph, I knew I wanted to get more involved. Hillie’s business knowledge is impressive and her enthusiasm is infectious, together with my motivation and people experience, it’s a great combination and I really hope to build the business quickly. I’ve held senior HR and executive management positions in Retail, Insurance and Banking in the City of London and feel I have the right experience to launch a Dinner Dates franchise.”

Hillie Marshall, Founder of Dinner Dates says; β€œ Lifestyles and relationships have changed dramatically over the years and we've noticed a big rise in the number of single people contacting us from the South, particularly Sussex. Relationships seem to be breaking down more and more frequently and we are finding many people in their 30s, 40s and 50s contacting us looking for romance or just friendship. Dinner Dates works on a business model established 20 years ago where we provide fabulous opportunities to meet other likeminded people in luxurious surroundings with a friendly and professional host. "

Nichola continues; β€œI’ve already started to receive calls from single people wanting to join, they’ve heard we’ve come to town and want to be in on the action!”

To celebrate the launch of the new franchise, a range of dining events have been organised, including: Ockenden Manor (West Sussex) Friday 21st September, a luxury BBQ at the Hotel Seattle overlooking Brighton Marina on Sunday 23rd September, the elite Gorse Hill (Woking, Surrey) on Friday 28th September and the renowned Thai Terrace restaurant (Guildford, Surrey) on Saturday 13th October.
A full calendar of events is listed on the website.


About Dinner Dates

Dinner Dates ( is the UK’s longest established social events company for single busy professional people, with over 16,000 members of all ages. Founded by Hillie Marshall nearly 20 years ago, Dinner Dates has become one of the most reputable dining clubs in the country. Events include dinner parties, dinner dances, evenings at exclusive nightclubs and restaurants, theatre, opera, ballet, activity days and holidays. The Dinner Dates team operates with good humour and a friendly understanding touch. When you call Dinner Dates, you’ll speak directly to knowledgeable, approachable and efficient people who work hard and care.

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