Enter the awards

The UK Dating Awards are a celebration of excellence and expertise in all areas of the Dating Industry.

Established in 2014, the Dating Awards recognise both companies and individuals. They not only reward established household names, but also celebrate newcomers to the field.

The Industry Awards offer a unique opportunity for companies and individuals to be recognised for their achievements in Dating Technology, Marketing, Media, Customer Service, Expertise and Entrepreneurship.

The fourth UK Awards show will be on November 23rd 2017. It’s a unique opportunity to network with journalists, websites, events companies and bloggers.

Entering the Awards

Below are descriptions of all the 2017 Awards categories. To enter yourself or company for any of the awards, please click on the relevant award.

Companies or individuals may enter more than one award, however please make sure you submit a separate Entry Form for each Award you would like to enter.

Entries will close on October 23rd 2017 at 11.59pm. The awards will be judged by an independent panel of industry experts. Awards marked with an asterix (*) are voted for by the public.

Entries will only be considered complete once the accompanying administrative fee has been submitted. Anyone who began their services in or after November 2016 is eligible for the newcomer categories. All entry fees are subject to VAT. Please email admin@thedatingawards.com for a VAT receipt.

Click here for a full explanation of entry fees and rules.

International Categories 2017

International Dating Brand of the Year 2017

This category is open to any form of business working within the online or offline dating space. Entrants from all over the world are eligible. The judges will focus on reputation, cost, service provided, relevance to consumers, safety, and overall offering.

International Dating Expert of the Year 2017

This category is open to dating experts from all over the world. Experts will be judged on a number of factors, including quality of advice, approachability, reputation and innovation.

International Matchmaker of the Year 2017

The Award is designed to celebrate the world’s best matchmakers. Matchmakers will be judged on a number of factors, including approachability, professionalism, innovation success rate, cost, customer service, reputation and partnerships.

International Dating Writer of the Year 2017

This award is open to Journalists, Authors, and Bloggers from all over the world. Writers will be judged on the relevance of their work to dating, the tone of their work, frequency of publication, originality, and audience.

UK Dating Awards 2017

Online Dating Brand of the Year 2017

This Flagship Award recognises the move to mobile, and as such celebrates both online dating sites and apps. Companies are eligible to enter if they run either an online dating website or app, or both.

Whilst membership size is obviously an important feature of a dating brand, our judges will also focus on a number of other factors, including design, user experience, customer service, safety, reputation and cost.

Daters' Favourite Dating Site 2017*

Daters' Favourite Dating Site 2017 is an extremely sought after title at the UK Dating Awards. It bears the added prestige of being voted for by the general public. The Award is designed to recognise the most popular dating website in the UK according to the general public. We will ask them to consider a number of factors, including functionality, design, appearance, ease of use, safety, reputation, membership and cost.

Dating App of the Year 2017

Dating App of the Year 2017 recognises the recent advancements in the UK Dating Industry. The category is open to Dating Website Apps, and companies which only run an App. The Award is designed to recognise the best dating App in the UK. The Apps will be judged on a number of factors, including functionality, design, appearance, ease of use, safety, reputation, membership and cost.

Best New Dating App 2017

Best New Dating App 2017 is open to Dating Website Apps, and companies which only run an App and who began their services in or after May 2015. The Award is designed to recognise the latest innovations in dating apps in the UK. The apps will be judged on a number of criteria including functionality, design, appearance, ease of use, safety, reputation, membership, cost and innovation.

Dating Expert of the Year 2017

Dating Expert of the Year is one of the most prestigous titles on offer at the UK Dating Awards 2017. The Award is designed to celebrate the best dating advice in the UK. Experts will be judged on a number of factors, including quality of advice, approachability, reputation and innovation.

Best New Dating Individual 2017

Best New Dating Individual 2017 is open to new Matchmakers, Experts, Journalists, Entrepreneurs and Bloggers who began their services in or after May 2015. Judges will consider a number of factors, including achievements, quality of service, impact, partnerships and collaboration, and future ambition.

Dating Writer of the Year 2017

This Award is designed to celebrate Journalists, Authors, and professional Bloggers. Writers will be judged on the relevance of their work to dating, the tone of their work, frequency of publication, originality, and audience.

Dating Entrepreneur of the Year 2017

Dating Entrepreneur of the Year is one of the most prestigous titles on offer at the UK Dating Awards 2017. The Award is designed to celebrate the most innovative Dating Entrepreneurs in the UK.

Judges will look at a number of factors, including entrepreneurial spirit, financial performance, strategic direction, community and global impact, and personal integrity and influence.

Innovation within the Dating Industry 2017

One of the most exciting things about the Dating Industry is that it is ever changing, and it is home to a wealth of innovation. This award is open to companies and individuals, and designed to showcase all forms of innovation within the industry. Entries can include products, campaigns, services and partnerships.

Best Customer Service 2017

Customer service is extremely important to the Dating Industry. It is the foundation of a good reputation, and is something which the UK Dating Awards considers vital. This category is open to companies and individuals, and judging will include mystery customer assessment.

Best Dating-Related Marketing Campaign 2017

Dating is big business, and there are some incredibly creative original adverts related to dating produced every year. The Award is designed to acknowledge the novelty and creativity of those campaigns. Marketing campaigns will be judged amongst other things, on appearance, overall message, novelty, impact and relevance.

Safer Dating Award 2017

The Safer Dating Award is an open award designed to recognise all aspects of dating, and all kinds of safety initiatives, services or products. The Award is designed to encourage Daters to be safer when dating, and celebrate those companies aiming to help Daters.

Best Niche Dating Brand 2017

The UK Dating scene is always changing, and needs to appeal to all kinds of daters. The Best Niche Dating Brand 2017 Award recognises the importance of niche dating websites and apps to the industry. The Award is designed to recognise the most well-established, innovative, specific and well-tailored Specialist Dating Brand in the UK. Sites and apps will be judged on a number of factors, including functionality, design, appearance, ease of use, safety, reputation, membership, cost, innovation and theme.

Best New Dating Site 2017

Best New Dating Site 2017 celebrates the ever-changing face of Dating Websites, and recognises innovation and new ideas. The Award is designed to recognise the brightest new websites to enter the dating scene in the UK. Sites will be judged on a number of factors, including functionality, design, appearance, ease of use, safety, reputation, membership, cost and innovation.

Best Use of Social Media 2017

Social media has become a huge part of the way we live our lives, and so it is a vital area of brand marketing. This category is open to both individuals and companies, and is designed to recognise creativity, brand identity and communication skills across the various forms of social media. Entrants can enter with any form of social media, and do not need to be active on multiple sites. The category will be judged on a number of factors, including frequency, tone, relevance to audience, entertainment, and innovation.

Dating Events Brand of the Year 2017

The Dating Awards appreciates that dating sites and apps aren’t the only ways to meet people and so this Award acknowledges the work done by live events companies.

All companies and individuals who have run at least three dating events since May 2017 are eligible to enter this Award. Brands will be judged on a range of factors including innovation, customer service, reputation, cost, delivery and appeal.

Matchmaking Agency of the Year 2017

The Matchmaking Agency of the Year 2017 is an extremely sought-after title at the UK Dating Awards 2017. The Award is designed to celebrate the UK's favourite matchmakers. Matchmakers will be judged on a number of factors, including approachability, professionalism, innovation success rate, cost, customer service, reputation and partnerships.

Matchmaker Academy Up-and-Coming Matchmaker of the Year 2017

Up-and-Coming Matchmaker of the Year recognises the size and prominence of the British introductions industry. The Award is designed specifically to celebrate matchmakers in their first 3 years of business. Matchmakers will be judged on a number of factors, including approachability, professionalism, innovation success rate, cost, customer service, reputation and partnerships.

Dating Blogger of the Year 2017

Blogs are an extremely important part of Dating Media. Dating Blogger of the Year 2017 is designed to acknowledge the best dating bloggers in the UK.

Best Commercial Dating Blog 2017

Blogs are an extremely important part of Dating Media. The Award is designed to acknowledge the best commercial dating site blogs in the country. Independent bloggers should enter the Blogger of the Year Award – this Award is designed to celebrate dating blogs either attached to an online dating site, or created by Dating Experts or Matchmakers, to supplement their services.