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

Your Business and Preparing For Brexit

Last post: Nov 20, 2020

With the UK’s Withdrawal From The EU fast approaching, there's no better time to start thinking about what your business needs to do now and post 1st January 2021.


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Recent Blog posts

  • So, what is a PDQ cash loan_

    While poring over your options for business finance, you may have heard of ‘PDQ cash loans’ or a similar term, and wondered what these are, and whether they could help your company.
    The acronym PDQ stands for ‘Process Cash Quickly’, with ‘PDQ machine’ simply being another name for a card machine, as are widely used by businesses for the quick and convenient processing of card payments.
    However, you may not have realised that your own firm’s PDQ machines could help to unlock a form of business finance lacking many of the disadvantages associated with traditional bank loans.

  • A rundown of some of the different types of crowdfunding

    Crowdfunding – a means of raising money from a large number of people each making small donations, as opposed to sourcing the entire required sum of money from a single bank or financial institution – has gained ever-greater traction in the world of business funding in recent times.

    However, if you are to understand the potential relevance of crowdfunding for your own firm, it is important to become well-versed in the different forms that this innovative way of obtaining finance can take, and the associated advantages and drawbacks.

  • Business angels vs venture capitalists

    You may consider seeking external investment in your business for any of a wide range of reasons. Of course, the prospective monetary benefit is the most obvious one, with cash injections often instrumental in the development and growth of firms in all manner of sectors. There are also certain strong non-monetary advantages that investors can often bring, such as relevant expertise and professional connections.

    Whatever your reasons for looking for an investor from outside your company, it will doubtless be helpful for you as an entrepreneur to know what kind of investors are out there, as well as how you can boost your business’s attractiveness to the right investors for you.

  • Headlines: Lending Crowd’s Summer Bonus is to offer £50 Cashback to those who transfer an ISA worth £5,000 or more over to them… Funding Circle’s active loan book has increased by 37% over the past 12 months… ReBuildingSociety factor a hard-Brexit into their credit risk model.

  • Lending Works revamp their product range so that they are defined by ease of access rather than length of the investment... Following their quarterly review, Funding Circle have halted the downward trend in their projected rates of return, holding them at their current levels… Assetz Capital have upped the ante with their Refer-a-Friend scheme, for a limited time they are offering £100 to introducers… Those selling on ReBuildingSociety’s Secondary Market can provide Buy Back guarantees… ArchOver launched a new type of loan that is secured via anticipated income from EU/UK Grants for R&D activity

  • FundingSecure have changed their terms and conditions so that loans only begin to accrue interest after the closing deadline rather than as soon as investors pledge funds… Assetz Capital almost double their target of £1 million when their latest round of equity funding closes.

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