Crowdfunding

Natwest says it "pledges change"

High street bank NatWest has made a pledge "to smash the stereotypes that go hand-in-hand with the financial industry," with a campaign that apologises to women for banks' patronising behaviour.

London based Mexican restaurant chain Chilango has raised £3.2m to fund its London expansion, more than three times its targeted £1m.

UK career coaching startup Stay Nimble said it has raised more than £170,000 in its inaugural crowdfunding campaign.

Ethical meat business, The Ethical Butcher, has just exceeded its fund-raising target of £350,000, securing the backing of 242 investors in a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube.

Seedrs chief Jeff Kelisky

Equity crowdfunding site Seedrs raised £195m for startups last year - a record amount for the London-based platform.

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