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'We need men' say bosses playing Cupid at a dating event with a difference

PUBLISHED: 17:45 18 September 2019 | UPDATED: 10:39 19 September 2019

Charlie Day and Suzy Robb. Pic: submitted

Charlie Day and Suzy Robb. Pic: submitted

Two bosses who set up a dating venture for Norfolk's singletons are celebrating a successful first year in business - but they need more men.

One of the dating events. Pic: submitted.One of the dating events. Pic: submitted.

Charlie Day and Suzy Robb launched a socialising event for single, like-minded people last year - and have sent many people on dates. One couple who met as strangers at the very first event are still dating now.

However, Charlie and Suzy, both divorced and both with two children, have a dilemma - they need more men. Suzy, who works in sales and marketing, said: "Our biggest challenge remains recruitment - specifically the male species. Dating is a numbers game and our events provide you with the opportunity to make more connections in the same time frame of just one date."

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Rather than speed dating, the event is totally informal, with groups invited for a drink and light meal at various venues and no one swaps numbers themselves but this is done through Charlie or Suzy. And the hosts have had some great success - with one couple, Becky Wickstead and Jasper Gotterson, both 36, who had never met before but who started dating after attending the first event at the Unthank Arms.

One of the dating events run by Charlie Day and Suzy Robb. Pic: submittedOne of the dating events run by Charlie Day and Suzy Robb. Pic: submitted

Becky, a GP, who lives in Trinity Street, Norwich, said: "I'd been single for a couple of years, I'd parked dating to get my job on track then I bought a house and renovated it. On the night, it felt the pressure was off, it wasn't like you were on a date stuck with one person. I started talking to Jasper and then we found we lived just a 10 minute walk away from each other in the Golden Triangle. We met a few days later for a meal and we've been dating since. We've been on holiday to Budapest and Greece together."

Charlie and Suzy came up with the concept after getting fed up with dating apps. "Exactly a year ago Charlie and I shared a bottle of wine and bemoaned the singles scene in Norwich," said Suzy. "We swiped predominately left, we were disillusioned and wanted to create something different; a less pressurised way to meet people."

The fifth event of Socialise! with Charlie and Suzy is on Friday, October 11 at the Georgian Town House in Norwich. The duo have also just enlisted the help of Hethel Innovation, which aids start-ups, to launch a website and are looking to hold an event in Cambridge.

You can enrol by emailing at info@socialiseevents.co.uk or follow on Facebook @Socialise with Charlie and Suzy or on Instagram @Socialiseevents

Charlie Day and Suzy Robb whose dating venture has really taken off. Here they presented their business idea at a recent event. Pic: submittedCharlie Day and Suzy Robb whose dating venture has really taken off. Here they presented their business idea at a recent event. Pic: submitted

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