A PAIR of Wigan pals have come up with a unique idea to help singletons find love.
Jon Cooper and Danny Tudor have set up Wingdates: a dating website with a difference.
Rather than simply finding suitable matches for its members and setting them up, it will also pair couples up so they go on a double date instead.
It’s a solution which they came up with after finding that people sometimes lacked confidence to meet up with someone they don’t know.
This way, they would have their very own “wing man” alongside them who was in the same boat, taking away that nervous edge.
“This was our increasing frustration when using a variety of well-known single dating websites,” explained Jon, of Hindley.
“We would spend days, weeks, even months of our lives getting to know people online only to find out they didn’t actually want to meet up on dates – which begged the question, why sign up in the first place?
“After completing market research, it transpired that people were either worried about safety, lacked the inner confidence to meet up with somebody they met online or simply over-thought the situation with too many “what ifs” to actually go on dates!.
“So the light-bulb moment came after a few beers and a date that went badly wrong.
“We would make a double/group dating site where the aim is to get to know new people whilst on fun, safe dates with the comfort of your mates.
“The stigma of online dating has gone these days; we just felt the relevance to the user is just not there.”
The website is free to use and aims to set people up and hopefully find their perfect partner.
People who log on to www.wingdates.co.uk are matched by answering questions about themselves to see which people they will be best suited to meeting.
Jon – who recently worked on the ditched Wigan-based Grim Up North reality show project – says he is excited about the new venture and believes it will be a huge success as people sign up.
He added: “It’s totally free and easy to use, you sign up and then double up with your friends and go searching for other doubles – or take a peek at other singles in the area.
“The best thing is you can have more than one double or change at any time. The site is built around fun and profile questions are focused around breaking the ice.
“We don’t care where you come from, your ethnicity, or whether or not you are religious or want kids.
“Just tell the world what you’re most proud of or your best life experience and go and meet new people in a fun, safe, group environment.”