Christian Connection & Lovestruck Big Winners At UK Dating Awards 2015


Christian Connection and Lovestruck won the top awards at last night’s UK Dating Awards, with Venntro, Bristlr and TrueView also winners on the night.

For the second year in a row, Lovestruck was named the Online Dating Brand of the Year, having won three prizes at the 2014 awards.

But at this year’s awards, it was Christian Connection who came away with the best haul, taking home Daters’ Favourite Dating Site and Best Niche Dating Site.

The ceremony was held at the Honourable Artillery Company’s Armoury House, in East London.  

The awards event, in its second year after being created by Charly Lester in 2014, was this year hosted by comedian Ed Gamble.

In addition to recognising the best online dating sites and apps, the awards also honours the world of matchmaking and dating blogging, and who wins is decided by a panel of nine judges.

Daisy Buchanan, Susan Quilliam and Mary Balfour were also winners last night, with Balfour taking home a special Founder’s Award, for 30 years of service to the industry.

Having last year won the Best Newcomer Dating App Award, London startup TrueView were thrilled to take home the Innovation Award this year.


Venntro, which owns brands like White Label Dating, Global Personals, Revealr and Jiko, also won the new Safer Dating Award.

Speaking about their win, CEO Ross Williams said: “We’re thrilled to have won the Scamalytics Safer Dating Award and to be Highly Commended for Best Customer Service.

The UK Dating Awards are a great opportunity to showcase innovation in the industry and we’re proud to be supporting them for a second consecutive year, as headline sponsors.

“It’s an honour to be nominated for so many awards across several different categories, and for the industry to recognise us as the winners against such strong competition is an achievement we’re very proud of.”

Bristlr, the Manchester-based beard dating site who have had a fantastic year, came away Best New Dating Site, and tailored London dating app Clocked were awarded Best New Dating App.

Check out the full list of winners below:

Online Dating Brand of the Year

Christian Connection
Guardian Soulmates (Highly Commended)
The Inner Circle
Lovestruck (Winner) (Highly Commended)
My Single Friend

Daters’ Favourite Dating Site

Christian Connection (Winner)
eHarmony (Highly Commended)
Guardian Soulmates
Plenty of Fish

Dating Writer of the Year 2015

Daisy Buchanan (Winner)
Dolly Alderton
Jenny Stallard
Lisa Reich
Samantha Bye
Stella Grey

Dating Expert of the Year 2015

Eden Blackman
Emma Ziff
Hayley Quinn (Highly Commended)
James Preece
Laura Yates
Lucy Beresford
Madeleine Mason
Mary Balfour
Susan Quilliam (Winner)

Dating Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

David Minns (Highly Commended)
Eden Blackman
Hatty Kingsley-Miller & Mo Saha
Juliette Prais
Rachel MacGlynn
Susie Ambrose
Turn Partners (Winner)

Matchmaker Academy Newcomer Individual Award 2015

Denise McNally (Highly Commended)
Helen Rice
Jacqueline Burns
Lucy Williams
Marzena Kubiak
Tara McDonnell (Winner)

Blogger of the Year 2015

Claudia Cox
Dangerous Debbie
Jordi Sinclair (Winner)
Lara Loveless
Lauren Crouch
Paul Thomas Bell
Simply Oloni

Best New Dating Site 2015

Bristlr (Winner)

Best New Dating App 2015

Clocked (Winner)

Matchmaking Agency of the Year 2015

Bowes-Lyon Partnership
Drawing Down the Moon (Winner)
Elect Club
Seventy Thirty
Simantov (Highly Commended)

Best Niche Dating Site 2015

Asian Single
Christian Connection (Winner)
Faith Dating
The Inner Circle (Highly Commended)
Muddy Matches
Toyboy Warehouse (Highly Commended)
Uniform Dating

Best White Label Dating Site 2015

Classic FM
Smooth Singles
Telegraph Dating (Highly Commended)
Times Encounters
Urban Social (Highly Commended)
Veggie Vision
We Love Dates (Winner)

Dating Events Brand of the Year 2015

Guardian Soulmates
The Inner Circle (Winner)
Lovestruck (Highly Commended)
Pink Lobster
Soiree Society NI

Most Original Dating Event 2015

Guardian Soulmates
Playdate (Winner)

Innovation within the Dating Industry 2015

Antidate (Highly Commended)
The Inner Circle
Saturday Night’s Alright
Since Being Single
Trueview (Winner)

Scamalytics Safer Dating Award 2015

Guardian Soulmates (Highly Commended)
Lovestruck (Highly Commended)
Platform Dating
Venntro (Winner)
Would Like To Meet

Best Dating-Related Marketing Campaign 2015

eHarmony (Highly Commended)
Guardian Soulmates (Winner)

Best Commercial Dating Blog 2015

Guardian Soulmates
Muddy Matches
My Single Friend
Toyboy Warehouse (Winner)
Urban Social
We Love Dates

Best Customer Service 2015

Christian Connection
The Dating Lab & My Single Friend (Highly Commended)
Guardian Soulmates (Winner)
Venntro (Highly Commended)

Simon Edmunds

Simon is the former editor of Global Dating Insights. Born in Newcastle, he has an English degree from Queen Mary, London and after working for the NHS, trained as a journalist with the Press Association. Passionate about music, journalism and Newcastle United.

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