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Blipfoto brings in Ian Ritchie as chairman as it receives further private investment

Online daily photo journal Blipfoto has announced the appointment of Ian Ritchie as its chairman, alongside investment of £300,000 into the company.

Ritchie, who is also non-executive chairman of iomart and chairman of the Interactive Design Institute, will join the Edinburgh-based online company’s board to manage its growth, with a particular focus on overseas adoption.

Meanwhile, Blipfoto, which last year won a Scottish Bafta Award, has also received a second round of private investment, from the Scottish Investment Bank Seed Fund as the site is on course for its two-millionth picture upload by the end of May. This bring the level of investment recieved by the company in the last year to £300,000.

Joe Tree, CEO of Blipfoto, said: "Ian's joined at the perfect time, as we begin to focus our energies on scaling up and replicating the huge success we've enjoyed locally in other parts of the world. It's great to have him on board, and I'm really excited to have his experience and expertise behind us as we enter this next phase of growth."

Ritchie added: "Blipfoto has built a compelling and highly attractive offering for photographers, who want to share their best images on a daily basis. I look forward to helping them grow this business into a recognised global player and to providing a great service to photographers everywhere."

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