HOUSEOLOGY Design Group, an online retailer offering interior design solutions, has appointed a key player in the growth of Scottish success story Skyscanner as its chairman.

Shane Corstorphine, senior vice president at Skyscanner, replaces Bill Dobbie as chair at the group which is backed by Sir Terry Leahy, the former Tesco chief, and a number of other high-profile retail entrepreneurs, as the company targets further revenue growth in the UK and internationally.

Houseology Design Group comprises, an online B2C interior design store, and Bureau, a B2B commercial furniture consultancy.

Founded in 2010, Houseology Design Group has been led by Andy Russell since 2016 when Bureau, the company he previously founded, was acquired by Houseology.

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The Bureau client list includes Skyscanner, FanDuel, Trainline, TransferWise, Chivas Brothers, Baxters and a series of UK and international financial institutions.

Mr Corstorphine is described as being instrumental in Skyscanner’s growth, supporting the travel search site in attaining the number one market position worldwide, a series of investment rounds including Sequoia Capital’s backing in 2013 and Chinese giant Ctrip’s £1.4 billion acquisition of the company in November 2016.

Mr Corstorphine said: “Houseology Design Group is now in a unique position to disrupt this multi-billion dollar vertical whilst helping people and companies to create amazing designer spaces.

“Indeed, it’s something the group’s Bureau division did to great effect at Skyscanner’s global headquarters in Edinburgh.”

Mr Russell, chief executive of Houseology Design Group, said: “Getting Shane on board is a great endorsement of both our ambition for Houseology and the outlook for the business.”