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If your agency has been running more than one year and you would like to apply to be a member of the ABIA, becoming a member is easy. All you have to do is to apply to us for membership. We will send you the relevant forms which then you return to us. (Agencies may not apply to become members until they have been trading for an absolute minimum of one year, we may also require confirmation from your accountant.)
Once your agency is accepted by the ABIA, a joining fee of £100 is payable. Thereafter, an annual fee is based on turnover. Our members find that the benefits of membership significantly outweigh the modest costs involved.
To apply for membership, please complete the form on the left. We will then send you all relevant paperwork.
Thinking of Starting an Agency?
If you are launching a new agency or thinking of doing so, the ABIA can help. For one year we will provide an ABIA council member as a personal mentor to guide you through from the initial planning stages to the launch of your fledgling agency. He/she will have had many years experience of setting up and running an ABIA approved introduction agency.
Here are a selection of topics covered:
Do’s and Don’ts
Pitfalls to avoid
Advertising and marketing
Legal requirements with access to an ABIA approved lawyer who will advise on the legal aspect of ABIA approved client contracts
The ABIA Code of Practice
Preparing your agency for ABIA membership
The fee for the Consultancy/Mentoring Service is £2000. This provides a comprehensive ABIA Starting an Introduction Agency guide book, a one-to-one meeting with an ABIA consultant and a full twelve months mentoring. Please call 07919 612 975 to hear more.
Thinking of Starting an Agency?
The ABIA is recognised as a well respected and authoritative voice of the industry around the world. Therefore we are frequently contacted from overseas in regard to the ABIA consultancy/ mentoring scheme. Some new agency owners based abroad choose to visit London for their one to one meetings, others prefer the ABIA to send a consultant to their country. In these circumstances fees will be priced on application. Please call 07919 612 975 to hear more.
Have just received a cheque for £1500 as full refund from the non-ABIA agency I foolishly joined last year. Without your advice and assistance in filling out all the forms involved I would never have had the nerve to go through with the court action and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Last month I joined one of your recommended agencies and I’m pleased to report that they are providing me with a caring and sensitive service – it’s nice to know that not all agencies are the same!
After the agency I was with ‘went under’ last year you were kind enough to recommend another introduction agency in my area. I am delighted to inform you that, after finding my ideal agency, they have now introduced me to my ideal man! It was love at first sight for him (so he says!) and it didn’t take long for me to reach the same conclusion. We plan to marry before the year is out, making it a memorable start to the millennium for both of us, thanks mainly to the ABIA!
After following your advice I have now managed to secure a full refund of the £300 the agency withheld as an administration charge by issuing them with a summons through the small claims court. They also, of course, had to pay my costs, so I am delighted. Thank you for your help and guidance, I shall now try a reputable agency from your list, which I also note are considerably cheaper.
I am writing to let you know about problems I am having with a large introduction agency. They are apparently not a member of your association, but are bringing the professional service into disrepute….I certainly regret not having approached you first, and shopped around, but until things went wrong I was unaware of your existence.
Having had my fingers burned once before, I am delighted with the service I am now receiving from an agency which featured on your membership list. Thank you for your sound advice and for helping to restore my faith in dating agencies.
Thank you so much for helping me through a very difficult time. Without the ABIA to guide me, I am sure I would never have succeeded in forcing the agency, which only provided me with one (highly unsuitable) introduction in a year, to refund my fees. £200 is a lot of money to me and I am just so glad that I came across your web site on the Internet and decided to write to you for advice. Keep up the good work!