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

What is marketing - and how it can benefit your business

Last post: Nov 8, 2021

At Choice Business Loans we want to see our clients thrive, which is why we take the time and care to provide them with the right advice when it comes to loan solutions available to them. Beyond smart finances, running a successful SME often includes lots of multitasking and balancing of priorities. One such priority that can be difficult to get to grips with but is hugely important, is marketing. Nicole Martin of Pinpoint Marketing shared with us her top tips on getting it right - and some thoughts on when it may be time to outsource.


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Relevant Issues Blog

10 Tips for Getting Your Business Ready to Sell

Last post: May 25, 2022

What are the most important things that you can do to get your business ready to sell? This is often the first question business owners ask when considering the sale of their company and is explored in this blog from Paul Kaye of Transworld Business Advisors.


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    A question we hear increasingly often is: "Should I repay my Bounce Back Loan?”. It sounds like a straight forward question but the first thing to establish is which of the two broad camps we have seen emerge your business falls into: companies who needed to use the money operationally during Covid-19 and those who didn't.

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    At Choice Business Loans we want to see our clients thrive, which is why we take the time and care to provide them with the right advice when it comes to loan solutions available to them. Beyond smart finances, running a successful SME often includes lots of multitasking and balancing of priorities. One such priority that can be difficult to get to grips with but is hugely important, is marketing. Nicole Martin of Pinpoint Marketing shared with us her top tips on getting it right - and some thoughts on when it may be time to outsource.

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    Earlier this week the British Business Bank published data for the first time on the uptake of the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS), showing that just £1.06bn worth of loans had been extended so far - a sharp contrast to CBILS and BBLS at the beginning of the pandemic which helped facilitate over £80bn in small business lending throughout 2020 and early 2021.

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    The key determining factor for a lender in reaching a funding decision is affordability.

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    It is now widely expected that the Bank of England interest rate will rise before the end of the year, with further increases earmarked for February and August. The cumulative effect will result in interest rates reaching 0.75% by the end of 2022.

    While this is still low and the increases are small, the impact on businesses can be significant - particularly against the backdrop of the pandemic and Brexit.

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    VAT deferral and Government loan schemes were a lifeline for businesses struggling through the pandemic. Now, with normality resuming, it's important to get finances organised so that all-important cashflow isn't choked by the looming re-payments.

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