Choice Business Loans Blog

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin.


These are our Blogs about alternative finance, SME loans and the broader business environment

Peer-To-Peer Lending With The Secret Investor

Goodbye from the Secret Investor

Last post: Oct 24, 2019

The Secret Investor summarises his thoughts after 4 years of writing about his P2P investments. What has he learned, what does he think will happen to the industry now and what will he do from now on?


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Reviews Of The Peer-To-Peer Lending Sites

InvestUP - The P2P Superstore

Last post: Dec 21, 2015

Diversification. That is the key to successful P2P lending but such a strategy, with funds spread across many platforms, can be extremely time consuming. The InvestUP Crowdfunding brokerage has been established to alleviate this problem by enabling investors to distribute their capital across many P2P hosts using just one account. Currently, offerings are listed from over 20 P2P sites in this online superstore of opportunities.


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Special Reports & Infographics

Most Popular Regions in the UK to Start a Business

Last post: Mar 24, 2019

An infographic that shows the most popular regions to start a business in the UK, number of births and deaths in the year of 2017.


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Relevant Issues Blog

Business Loan Scams

Last post: Dec 6, 2019

It’s easy these days to get caught up in scams. Whilst it’s rarer than ever to receive emails from Nigerian princes who need freeing promising you gold and riches, sophisticated, targeted fraud that is difficult to detect is on the rise. Advance fee fraud is a common attack, and whilst it’s one of the best known and well documented techniques, it’s also very easy to fall for if you’re not cautious enough.


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Recent Blog posts

  • Business Loan Scams

    Dec 6, 2019

    It’s easy these days to get caught up in scams. Whilst it’s rarer than ever to receive emails from Nigerian princes who need freeing promising you gold and riches, sophisticated, targeted fraud that is difficult to detect is on the rise. Advance fee fraud is a common attack, and whilst it’s one of the best known and well documented techniques, it’s also very easy to fall for if you’re not cautious enough.

  • If you run a small or independent business, you might think you’re not worth scamming and that you’ll be passed over by fraudsters in search of bigger fish. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners reported that 48% of businesses think that they’re too small to be scammed, but the frequency of small business fraud is 28%, compared to the 22-26% of larger organizations.

  • Scammers and their methods get more advanced every year. There are some scams, however, that will never die and should be easy to spot, like the infamous Nigerian Prince scam. Overpayment scams are relatively easy to spot and to avoid, but they have advanced over time. This scam targets businesses rather than the individual - and whether you’re a small independent online retailer or huge corporation, you could be at risk.

  • Invoice fraud is easy to commit and easy to fall for - but it is easier than you might think to notice and prevent against. Invoice Fraud is the process by which a scammer tricks a company into changing payee details for a product or service that the company regularly pay for. These scammers are experts at finding out about business to business relationships that the victim holds with service providers or buyers and sellers. They may even be aware of regular payment dates or deliveries.

  • Phishing Scams

    Dec 6, 2019

    Phishing is very common and tends to catch a lot of people out. Phishing is the term for when a scammer reaches to a victim via cold email (sometimes these emails are more targeted and will be sent to only a few businesses, and sometimes they’ll be sent en masse) with a message including a link that will direct the user to a site requiring them to enter personal details like bank account or credit card numbers, or sometimes a link that will allow the scammer remote access of the victim’s computer.

  • Domain Slamming

    Dec 6, 2019

    Website domain name fraud, or ‘domain slamming’ is a pretty common type of fraud affecting online retailers, bloggers, and businesses both small and large. If you’ve bought a domain name, you could be a target.

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