Also in 2012 Cupid acquired Uniform Dating, a niche website aimed at uniformed services personnel such as firefighters, nurses, armed forces and police.In February 2013, the company was the subject of BBC Radio 5live Investigates programme.Cupid makes most of their business through the charging of these fees, as there is no advertising on their websites.
Björn and Benjamin Bak, founders of German dating application Lovoo, and twelve members of their staff were arrested and accused of commercial deception because of using similar scheme.Cupid's business can be split into two main areas: mainstream dating websites, aimed at the general public with some level of differentiation between them (for example, is aimed at people looking for a steady partner in a more long-term relationship, whereas Be is geared towards users looking for more casual dating); and niche websites, where the whole concept fundamentally hinges on the users looking for partners of a similar background and tastes.A year later, in May 2011, the company boasted 23 million members in 39 countries.This success, and the desire to fund further growth, prompted the company to become listed in the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange (AIM).Just for Nurses is negotiating a new arrangement with Uniform Dating so check back shortly.
The most popular site of its kind in the UK there are tens of thousands of members from all the emergency services and armed forces.
The company stated that its auditors KPMG had found 'no evidence of a company organised practice of staff enticing registered members to subscribe through the use of fake profiles'.
Nevertheless, Cupid recognized that existing staff profiles 'were not clearly identifiable' to users and said it had replaced the motivation teams with dating advisors.
The company quickly grew its user base – by 2007 they had their first million paying users, and a few years after that they hit an impressive 13 million paying users across all networks.
By early March 2010, the user base was growing at a rate of 300,000 per month, and new products were succeeding in increasing these numbers and expanding the user base.
Once they are ready to begin interacting with someone, the website charges depending on the level of access the user wants.