Having always been attracted to younger men, Toyboy Warehouse founder Julia Macmillian realised there were no dating agencies specifically tailored to finding the younger men she desired.
Speaking with many other women and men Julia quickly discovered that although often only discussed behind closed doors, many people were attracted to and intrigued by age-gap relationships.
Over the subsequent years Toyboy Warehouse has continued to be the UK's largest cougar dating agency specifically for older women and younger men.
Soon after the site launched the word began to spread..wildfire.
The slightly risqué nature of Toyboy Warehouse became the centre point of a cougar dating media frenzy and new members signed up in droves.
They include international business executives planning dates when in London, divorced single mums who’ve decided they want to experience something new and even a few famous faces.
Like their backgrounds, the reasons why older women like dating younger men are just as varied.
I spent the next 15 years raising my son and suddenly realised I was alone.
I started dating guys my own age but failed to find anyone who didn’t bore me to tears.I tend to have much more interesting, stimulating and in-depth conversations with older women.” - Ben, 34, London; “Confidence and experience are very important to me.It obviously varies between individuals but based on the cougars I’ve met, older women have confidence and experience in abundance!Over the years we’ve seen tens of thousands of people pass through the site and no matter what their intentions for joining were, the majority have left with a sense of liberation and increased appreciation of genuine connections with someone of the opposite sex from a different age range. In short, an age gap relationship is when one person is at least a year older than the other.Traditionalists believe that men should be the older partner in the relationship.I got fed up with men my own age discussing what they have achieved and things they have done, whereas younger men focus on things they are going to do and going to achieve.