A real-life cupid is helping love blossom with a unique Muslim dating service.
Tanya Ali, 31, launched her Muslim Matchmaker business in December and her hands-on approach has already seen wedding bells ring for one lucky couple.
The service, based at the Inspire Centre in Levenshulme, has already been inundated with dozens of singles looking to find their perfect partner.
Tanya believes her face-to-face approach gives her the edge over other online dating services and was the key in matching up a husband and wife less than a month into her new venture.
She said: “I take care of everything, nothing’s done by computer, and I find that helps make it much more personal. I sit people down and find out what they’re looking for using my own judgement on who would be well-suited. I wasn’t expecting to be going to a wedding of two of my clients after just three weeks but it was wonderful. I do urge my clients not to rush into anything but you can’t stand in the way of love and they are head over heels.
“It’s a great feeling to help two people find each other, I think I’m more chuffed about it than they are sometimes.”
Tanya started her business through the Bubble Business Centre at Levenshulme Inspire Centre.
The scheme provides flexible office space for fledgling local businesses and currently hosts 32 up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
Tanya said the service has helped her make her business dreams a reality and hopes she has found a gap in the market which will help her continue her early success.
She said: “I was doing the business door-to-door before I moved into the offices but it wasn’t really working. The Inspire Centre allows me to have a desk space without having to pay for the full-time upkeep of an office.
“I started the business because I knew so many people who were single and looking to find someone, but I think the way we do things here is a really good fit for the local Muslim community.
“Some people who come here don’t speak English as a first language so having the face-to-face consultation helps them express what they are looking for and makes them a lot less nervous about using a dating service.
“There are also people who don’t want to put their picture on a website and to be inundated with people trying to contact them, they want someone to manage it for them and have that personal touch in helping them find the right person.”