BrewDog is inviting beer fans to invest in the business for the sixth time in just nine years, as it raises funds for new breweries, bars and other projects.

The craft brewer told existing investors - known as "equity punks" - over the weekend that it would seek to raise a fresh £7 million.

If the company reaches the targeted amount, it would bring the total raised since BrewDog's first equity crowdfunding round in 2010 to £74m.

"Since Equity for Punks first began we have been blown away by their enthusiasm in rising up against bad beer alongside us," said founder James Watt.

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The move comes just six months after the fifth Equity for Punks round closed in October last year, raising a total of £26m.

HeraldScotland: Barclays puts aside further £1.35bn to cover PPI compensation claims

Barclays faces the prospect of having to raise fresh capital unless it scales back its investment banking operations, activist investor Edward Bramson has warned.

Mr Bramson, who holds a 5.5% stake in Barclays through his investment vehicle Sherborne, is calling for a board seat at the British lender, as well as petitioning the bank to shrink its corporate and investment banking arm.

In a letter to fellow investors ahead of the bank's AGM next month, he said that if Barclays continues on its existing course, it would represent a "real threat that more new capital will need to be raised" to fund the under-fire division.

Mortgage marketplace LendInvest has secured £200 million in fresh funding amid rumours of a stock market flotation.

The company, which offers individuals and institutions investment opportunities in UK mortgages, has gained the fresh financing from HSBC in the form of a loan.

The money will allow the company to enter the regulated home loan market, offering short-term bridging finance for up to 12 months to homeowners.