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The deal to buy the 1986-founded company includes French dating sites amour.com, and
Also in 2012 Cupid acquired Uniform Dating, a niche website aimed at uniformed services personnel such as firefighters, nurses, armed forces and police.
Appropriately for a firm in the business of match-making, it is also one of the most romantic.
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On 24 July 2012, Cupid plc announced that it had acquired the French dating site Assistance Genie Logiciel (AGL) for the sum of €3.7 million.
The deal included sites such as and and a separate software licensing agreement with Grendall, worth £2m. In terms of where we wanted to take the business the casual sites didn’t fit,” he says.
Selling the casual sites was a big decision as they accounted for 70 per cent of the business. It was not just the media which responded negatively to the fake user allegations. From flotation on the Alternative Investment Market in June 2010, shares in the company soared from 60p to just under 250p by September 2011, enabling Dobbie and Polyakov to make one of the quickest fortunes in Scottish corporate history.
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.
A year later, in May 2011, the company boasted 23 million members in 39 countries.